It's a tale as old as time. Clemson and Alabama are meeting in the College Football Playoff National Championship for the third time in four years, and for the fourth straight year in the CFP overall. So, why should we be excited?
Well, there is good reason to believe that the 2019 edition of the series will outshine them all.
From Day 1, it's all been leading to this.— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 7, 2019
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Without further ado, here are three bold predictions for the title game:
Trevor Lawrence will finally have his "freshman moment."
Much has been made of the true freshman Clemson quarterback and his superb ability to not let the big stage frighten him. It is hard to believe that Monday will only be Trevor Lawrence's 11th career collegiate start for the Tigers, as his composure in the pocket is remarkable for such a young kid.
Regardless, Lawrence is only human, and he will make some uncharacteristic mistakes. That tends to happen when a man goes up against Dylan Moses and Quinnen Williams.
Clemson will stop the always-dominant Alabama run game.
Nick Saban's greatest ally in his tenure at Alabama has been his relentlessly bruising running game. However, if there has ever been a defensive line that is capable of stopping Josh Jacobs and Co., it is the Tigers' fearsome front four.
Despite being without presumptive 2019 first-round pick Dexter Lawrence, expect Christian Wilkins and Clelin Ferrell to impose their will and frustrate the Alabama running backs, forcing the Tide to throw early and often.
30-40 NFL players— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) January 7, 2019
One of the best QB prospects ever
An underdog that KNOWS it can win
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Tua Tagovailoa will throw for over 400 yards and three touchdowns, proving he should have won the Heisman.
The Alabama quarterback had a stellar year, and if it had not been for Oklahoma star Kyler Murray, would be a shoo-in for the Heisman. Tua Tagovailoa is going to play with a chip on his shoulder and greatly outshine his superb semifinal performance with a stat line for the ages.
Final score: Alabama 35, Clemson 31