Happy national championship day, Alabama fans!
It’s been more than a year since you all have been patiently waiting for redemption, hoping the Crimson Tide would win a title this year after an unexpected loss to Ohio State ended the season last year. Well, now the chance has come. All year, Alabama has played like a College Football Playoff team, dominating opponents and keeping the end goal in sight. Tonight, it all comes to fruition. So without further adieu, your final newsletter of football season …
Here are 12 things to know:
- Check out the slew of former ‘Bama players making the trip to Arizona for the national championship game.
- After a couple days of uncertainty, Clemson does anticipate defensive end Shaq Lawson playing tonight.
- Some of the nation’s top recruits gave their predictions for the game.
- Deshaun Watson is one of his good friends, but Blake Sims’ loyalties lie with Alabama and he’s cheering for the Crimson Tide tonight.
- Here are the top four matchups to watch.
- They saved the best for last. AL.com’s hype video for the Clemson game is worth watching.
- Don’t count Clemson out. The Tigers do have a chance.
- All eyes will be on the Alabama defense and how it handles a dynamic Clemson offense.
- Alabama fans aren’t too fond of Danny Kanell when he picks against the Crimson Tide, but he enjoys the fanbase.
- Alabama has set a standard that Clemson hopes to live up to one day as a program.
- Saban isn’t on board with the NFL giving players draft grades while they’re still in the middle of their season.
- Alabama is in the mix to land offensive tackle recruit Marcus Tatum.
Other Alabama news from around the Internet
- After Alabama lost to Ohio State last year, Kirby Smart made a specific phone call that could certainly help the Crimson Tide tonight, ESPN’s Mark Schlabach wrote.
- Quarterback Jalen Hurts, an early enrollee, was immediately tasked with mimicking Deshaun Watson in practice as soon as he got on campus, AL.com’s Matt Zenitz wrote.
- Clemson isn’t too concerned about stopping Calvin Ridley, AL.com’s John Talty wrote.
- Get to know Reggie Ragland a little better, from the AP’s John Zenor.