Published: Thu, January 10, 2019
Sport | By Joe Gonzales

Orange Crush: Clemson topples No. 1 Alabama for national title

Orange Crush: Clemson topples No. 1 Alabama for national title

The Tigers are coming off their second national title in three seasons with a 44-16 win over Alabama on Monday at Levi Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.

There is plenty yet to be written as we head into 2019, but first, some team (s) are going to need to figure out a way to beat Alabama and Clemson.

The Tigers became the first major college football team to go 15-0 for the season since 1897.

Swinney said Alabama's recent run of success has been "incredible".

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The national championship was Clemson's second in three years, proving that Dabo's Tigers have the staying power beyond generational QB Deshaun Watson.

And yet, barely a week after Notre Dame's depth was exposed, its coaching staff was questioned and its ceiling in the modern world of Clemson and/or Alabama was set, the Irish were given a reprieve late Monday night. Most impressively, Clemson did it with a true freshman QB, and a slew of underclassmen skill-position players highlighted by Phenix City, Alabama freshman WR Justyn Ross.

Overall, the New Year's Six games, including the Cotton and Orange bowl semifinals, averaged a 9.0 overnight rating, which is up 8 percent from the second year of the playoff when the semifinals were held in the Cotton and Orange bowls on New Year's Eve.

Alabama will be back, but Clemson will nearly certainly be there waiting for them. The two teams were meeting in the College Football Playoff for the fourth consecutive season.

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