This evening, the national champion in major college football will be crowned. This year’s title game is the first since the BCS era began to feature a rematch of both teams from the previous year’s Championship Game, as numbers 1 and 2 square off again, albeit with the rankings switched.
Dabo Swinney and Clemson will certainly hope to change the result from last year, when they lost a high-scoring shootout to Alabama by the score of 45-40. The two teams combined for 40 points in the fourth quarter alone, but Alabama held off a furious rally by Clemson to earn their fourth national title in the last seven years.
Both teams are chock-full of NFL prospects, as one would expect. Many of Alabama’s come on defense, with linebackers Reuben Foster and Ryan Anderson combining with defensive lineman Jonathan Allen to anchor that unit. Offensive tackle Cam Robinson and tight end O.J. Howard are also potential first-round NFL Draft picks.
Clemson is led by quarterback DeShaun Watson, who throws to wide receiver Mike Williams and tight end Jordan Leggett. Defensively, keep an eye on defensive tackle Carlos Watkins and cornerback Cordrea Tankersley.
Here’s how and when to tune in for tonight’s game.
Monday, January 9th, 2017
8:00 PM Eastern Time
Raymond James Stadium
Announcers: Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Samantha Ponder, and Tom Rinaldi.
Online streaming: WatchESPN
Spread: Alabama is favored by 6.5 points; over/under total is 51