Even after the remarkable season Alabama has had, apparently the Crimson Tide still have their critics.
The Tide, who earned the No. 1 seed in the College Football Playoff after an undefeated regular season, disposed of Washington handily in the Peach Bowl earlier this week. On Monday, they look for a second consecutive national championship when they face Clemson — the same opponent they beat to win the national title last year.
Some experts aren’t feeling an Alabama repeat.
On Thursday, Sports Illustrated released its national championship picks by seven of its experts — five of which went with the No. 2-seeded Tigers to pull off the win in Tampa.
Andy Staples and Colin Becht were the lone SI staffers to pick Alabama to win the title. Staples went with Tim Williams as his MVP pick, while Becht went with Jonathan Allen.
Pete Thamel, Lindsay Schnell, Brian Hamilton, Joan Niesen, and Gabriel Baumgaertner went with Clemson — and four of those five picked Deshaun Watson to win the game’s MVP award.
The Tide haven’t faced much adversity this season — particularly in the second half. But, at least in the minds of these Sports Illustrated experts, that may change soon. Technology, however, doesn’t share the same opinion.