Joel Klatt is big on Alabama’s chances to beat Clemson in the Sugar Bowl, and he explained why in a clip released by FOX Sports’ college football Twitter account Sunday.
Many observers are eager to see what the latest chapter of Alabama vs. Clemson will bring. We’ve seen thrilling matchups the past two years with the highest stakes possible, and many expect another close game between the college football powers on Jan. 1 in New Orleans.
Klatt, for his part, likes the Crimson Tide to beat the Tigers and advance to the national championship game in Atlanta. The reason? Quarterback Deshaun Watson, who tormented Alabama’s defense in the past, no longer is with Clemson.
“He’s not walking through those doors,” the FOX Sports analyst said of Watson in part of the clip. “I think if you give Nick Saban this amount of time versus a young quarterback who is inconsistent — played good down the stretch but [was] inconsistent during the course of the season — you get healthy if you’re Alabama, I like Alabama. I like Alabama to beat Clemson.”
Klatt is right. Kelly Bryant has done well as the Tigers quarterback this season in throwing for 2,678 yards with 13 touchdowns and 6 interceptions. But by watching the clip below, you can see how much of a difference Watson made against Alabama before entering the NFL as the No. 12 overall pick by the Houston Texans this year.
Can Bryant repeat Watson’s feat? It’s possible, but it will be a tall task. We’ll find out soon enough.
— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) December 17, 2017