It is only fitting that the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship game is a rematch from last year. If this match up is anything like it was in 2016, we are all in for a helluva treat. The Tide will be motivated to cap off a perfect undefeated season, while Clemson looks to prove that last season was not a fluke.
Monday, January 9th; 8 p.m. ET (ESPN)
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Fla.
There is one storyline that surrounds this game. It’s not Nick Saban going for his fifth championship at Alabama (sixth overall), or Dabo Swinney trying to beat his alma mater once again and bring Clemson their first championship since 1981. Rather it surrounds the booger eating Steve Sarkisian who has replaced Lane Kiffin as offensive coordinator for the biggest game of the season. Lane did an incredible job in his three years in Tuscaloosa. Three different quarterbacks, adjusting to each style of play, and able to have a solid college football offense to be the only program to make the playoffs all three years in a row. Time for Sark to resurrect his career after being a alcoholic at USC which cost him his job.
Both squads are loaded with future NFL talent. There are about 8 potential first round picks between these two teams alone. Pretty impressive. For Clemson, it all starts and ends with quarterback Deshaun Watson. Projected as the 10th overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft, Watson knows he still has lots to prove. Even after an outstanding performance in last years finale, the tall righty knows he still has many doubters out there. For those calling this years draft class of quarterbacks weak, Watson will look to change all those perspectives.
What’s up with Bama players stepping up in the big games? Last year it was tight end OJ Howard who exploded on the scene for two scores. In the semifinal game, it was sophomore running back Bo Scarbrough who made head turns with a 180 yard performance with two touchdowns. Bo has a powerful frame with explosive speed, and if he can repeat his performance from last Saturday, look out! A big running game will take the pressure off true freshman QB Jalen Hurts. Speaking of Hurts, how about his performance this season. Just one TD shy of tying Blake Sims record of 35 scores in one season. Good chance Hurts breaks that. Luckily for Saban, he has two more seasons with this impressive frosh.
So who is going to win? Like we fucking know! All we can ask for is an entertaining game like last season. If it can come close to the 2006 Rose Bowl between Texas and USC, we should all give thanks as that was the greatest college football game ever. Thank you Vince Young, wherever you currently are.