5 reasons Alabama will win


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"I think we're just now building our brand", Boulware said.

It is the second straight year Powell will end his season on a championship stage. Meanwhile, Hurts and the Alabama offense have been mired in a slump, including an uninspired performance against Washington in which Hurts went 7-for-14 for only 57 yards. "They're good vertical guys but maybe don't have the change of direction".

Alabama is at its best in these high-pressure games, but this is Clemson's chance to prove it's ready to take the next step. "We were really disappointed in ourselves as a defense". But Clemson looked more impressive in annihilating Ohio State 31-0 in the other semifinal. The Tide will try to claim their fifth championship in the last eight years, and win back-to-back titles for the second time under Coach Nick Saban.

"I couldn't find a couple more yards".

When Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney told Alabama's Nick Saban early past year that he would see him again in January, that was the easy part.

This is not an Alabama team that likes to jump out on teams early and cruise to big wins. And that was without WR Mike Williams, who missed nearly all of the 2015 season because of a neck injury.

"That's how I started at Clemson". Alabama was the undefeated SEC champion, Clemson was the one-loss ACC champs. They also have big play capability as well. Watson understands things will be a bit more complicated tomorrow night because 21 teammates or more must contribute or the boat won't float.

While there will be plenty of new names among the players from previous year to this one, there are a few new ones on the coaching staffs.

Defensive seniors Jonathan Allen and Reuben Foster said they are blocking out any sort of negative noise that could creep into a team that has had to deal with a mountain of distractions since the win over Washington. That was not us playing to the Clemson standard. The Tigers were completely dominant against Ohio State on both sides of the ball. Clemson's Deshaun Watson is a game-changing quarterback, but he won't be able to do much if he's on his back.

No matter that Swinney is a good coach, Alabama's Nick Saban is best in the nation, among the best of all time. Clemson, as is its usual strategy under coordinator Brent Venables, will bring defensive pressure and force Hurts to make quick decisions and complete passes in the intermediate and deep zones. He is a talent that can use his legs and create space to buy enough time to make plays. Clemson WRs Mike Williams and Deon Cain were unavailable for last year's title game - Williams due to injury, Cain due to suspension - and they'll join a host of other playmakers who surround Watson, from a two-time 1,000-yard rusher in Wayne Gallman to a risky tight end in Jordan Leggett.

Nobody doubts Watson's talent, but the fact that he has averaged over an interception a game is concerning for Clemson. Tight end O.J. Howard earned offensive MVP honors in the victory after catching five passes for a career-high 208 yards and two touchdowns.

Watson's propensity for turning the ball over (17 INTs) is the key to the game. Forcing the Tide into third-and-long is vital.

The bad news for Clemson is that Alabama is allowing the fewest rushing yards per game (63.4), as well as an FBS-low 2.0 yards per carry.

The last freshman QB to win a national title was Jamelle Holieway of Oklahoma in 1985.