Tigers take a bite out of Crimsons

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Tigers take a bite out of Crimsons

Callie Hughes, Sports Writer

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Alabama and Clemson–the Crimson Tide versus the Tigers–their second match-up in four years. In the last four years, Alabama has won two championships in addition to Clemson. On Monday, January 7, Clemson beat Alabama by a score of 44-16. This was Nick Saban’s biggest loss since being named coach of the Crimson Tide in 2007. This season was one for the Tigers to remember as they went a record 15-0 and were the first team since Penn in 1867 to accomplish such a feat. Also, coming in as the number two seed, Clemson continued this astonishing stat: ever since the College Football Playoffs have been in existence, no number one seed has ever won.

The Tigers beat the Notre Dame Fighting Irish 30-3 to advance to the championship game and Alabama beat Oklahoma 45-34.

Minutes into the championship game, the Tigers scored followed by the Crimsons. It was 7-7. By halftime, the Tigers were leading 31-16 and Alabama was trailing for the first time all season. The Tigers kept the offensive and defensive pressure going and by the end of the game, the score was 44-16. This was one of the only games in which Alabama has clearly looked outmatched. In fact, Tua Tagovailoa threw two interceptions for the Crimsons, which led to the complete collapse of Alabama’s offense.

Some people speculated that Alabama would lose after rapper, Drake, was spotted wearing an Alabama sweatshirt. Drake is an active supporter of Kentucky, who hasn’t made the basketball national championship since 2012; the Toronto Raptors, who haven’t made an NBA finals appearance ever; and Connor McGregor, who lost to Floyd Mayweather after Drake was seen with a McGregor t-shirt.

According to ESPN’s Way-Too-Early projections for next year, Clemson and Alabama are numbers one and two respectively.

 

Works Cited

Boozell, Joe. “Clemson Dominates Alabama for Second College Football Playoff Title, Third National Championship.” NCAA, 8 Jan. 2019, www.ncaa.com/news/football/article/2019-01-08/clemson-dominates-alabama-second-college-football-playoff-title. Accessed 16 January 2019.

“Clemson vs. Alabama – Box Score – January 7, 2019.” ESPN, ESPN Internet Ventures, www.espn.com/college-football/boxscore?gameId=401032087. Accessed 16 January 2019.