College football playoff: Alabama vs. Clemson preview, how to watch, game time for national championship
It’ll be Tigers-Tide, round two as Clemson and Alabama tangle in the College Football Championship for the second season in a row. Both sides of the College Football Playoff played true to the seedings, as No. 1 Alabama dropped No. 4 Washington 24-7, while No. 2 Clemson blanked No. 3 Ohio State, 31-0.
No. 1 Alabama (14-0) vs. No. 2 Clemson (13-1)
Monday, Jan. 9, 2017
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Fla.
How to Watch
Game time: 8 p.m. ET
TV Channel: ESPN
Live stream: WatchESPN
Live updates: NCAA.com
Players to watch
Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson threw for 4,173 yards, 38 touchdowns and 17 interceptions this season and is the team’s second-leading rusher with 586 yards and eight touchdowns. Watson rushed for two touchdowns and threw for one more against Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl.
Alabama defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick does it all for his defense. He has a team-leading six interceptions -- with 186 return yards -- as well as seven pass breakups, one forced fumble, one sack, five tackles for loss and 62 total tackles (38 solo). Fitzpatrick has interceptions in each of his last two games.
Alabama holds a 13-3 lead in the all-time series with Clemson, with all 13 wins coming in a row since the Tigers opened the series on a three-game winning streak.
Clemson hasn’t beaten Alabama since 1905.
Alabama is in search of its 16th National Championship; Clemson is looking for its second, and first since 1981.
The Crimson Tide are 9-0 against Top-25 teams this season; the Tigers are 4-0.
The only loss between these two teams all season was Clemson’s last-second 43-42 loss to Pittsburgh on a Chris Blewitt field goal.
Alabama’s defense has allowed the fewest points (11.8) and yards (248) per game in the nation this season.
Clemson’s defense ranks 12th (18.4) in points per game and ninth in yards per game allowed (314).
Alabama has allowed just 61 second-half points this season and has scored 266.