Orange Crush: Clemson topples No. 1 Alabama for national title

Orange Crush: Clemson topples No. 1 Alabama for national title

Alabama was seeking its sixth national championship in the last 10 seasons. The Tide has been far and away ahead of everyone else, relegating everyone else to the "rest of ya'll" bus as Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney put it earlier this year. It was the second national championship Clemson won in three years. True freshman Trevor Lawrence got the nod at quarterback for the Tigers this season over Kelly Bryant, who had a poor game against Alabama past year and the former has had a stellar season throwing 2,933 yards, 27 touchdowns and just four interceptions leading up to the final.

Swinney said Alabama's recent run of success has been "incredible".

The Tigers throttled the Tide 44-16 at Levi's Stadium, Doubling the worst loss Alabama ever suffered in Nick Saban's 12-years at the helm. He built Clemson in Alabama's image, and now his team has emerged as the primary challenger for the crimson throne.

Clemson returns quarterback Trevor Lawrence, running back Travis Ettiene and receivesr Justyn Ross and Tee Higgins among others.

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The College Football Playoff pivoted away from its original plan to play semifinal games on New Year's Eve, moving several sets of games off weeknights to Saturdays instead.

Clemson is the first opponent to beat the Tide by more than 14 points since Saban became coach in 2007.

The third championship meeting of the Tigers and Crimson Tide, and fourth straight playoff meeting overall, was also the most lopsided CFP final.

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