Paul Myerberg USA TODAY Published 6:41 AM EST Jan 7, 2019 For the fourth season in a row, the national championship goes through Alabama or Clemson. And for the third time, the teams meet in the title game. Here's everything you need to know: No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide vs. No. 2 Clemson Tigers Line: Alabama by 5 1-2. Where: Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, California. HOW TO WATCH Time/TV: 8 p.m., ET, ESPN ESPN2: Running commentary with a rotation of analysts and celebrities. ESPNEWS: Monday Night Football crew breaking down the game in real time. ESPNU: Simultaneous multi-camera views, enhanced statistics. ESPN CLASSIC: Natural sounds of Levi’s Stadium ESPN3: Hometown audio with Alabama and Clemson radio teams. Several other features as well. Streaming: WatchESPN. Breaking down which team has the edge in each aspect of the game and four keys to victory for both teams: PASSING OFFENSE Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa reverted to form in the Orange Bowl … [Read more...] about Alabama-Clemson College Football Championship: What to know
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Paul Myerberg USA TODAY Published 7:50 AM EST Dec 30, 2018 MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — When Alabama and Clemson meet in the College Football Playoff Championship it will be to the surprise of no one and as the prediction of nearly everyone, and as the culmination of a regular season that wound through surprisingly few detours in arriving at this seemingly preordained location: Crimson Tide and Tigers, again. That's four times in as many years, meaning these two programs meet with the same frequency as the World Bank and now represent a series that features more consecutive installments than The Lord of the Rings. Alabama won the first and third, most recently in last year's Sugar Bowl. Clemson took the second, providing the justification for placing the Tigers alongside the Tide as the undisputed powers in college football. "I'm sure Clemson will be a tremendous challenge for our team," said Alabama coach Nick Saban. Alabama offensive tackle Jonah Williams called Clemson a … [Read more...] about College Football Playoff: Alabama, Clemson meet again for title
Dan Wolken USA TODAY Published 1:37 AM EST Dec 30, 2018 MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — The College Football Playoff was born on the premise of a fairy tale and the smell of endless money. It took only half a decade for Nick Saban and Dabo Swinney to break it, for the shine to wear off and for the existential crisis to begin. College football, which once occupied a quirky slice of American culture with all its traditions and contradictions, tried to go mainstream. It ended up being devoured Saturday night, and for the first time since the conference commissioners agreed to put together a four-team playoff, it really does feel like there’s something wrong. Alabama beat Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl 45-34, but to say that so simply and directly does no justice to the kind of punishment the Crimson Tide inflicted from the opening play onward. It was the football equivalent of two boxers in different weight classes, a claiming horse vs. a Triple Crown … [Read more...] about Orange Bowl: Alabama wins but is the College Football Playoff losing?
Editors USA TODAY Published 3:41 AM EST Dec 29, 2018 Top teams face off in College Football Playoff The next step to crowning a college football national champion will be taken Saturday as the playoff commences with the Cotton Bowl and Orange Bowl. The action gets started at 4 p.m. ET as Notre Dame faces Clemson – who will be without star defensive lineman Dexter Lawrence – at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. No. 1 Alabama will then take on the Oklahoma Sooners and Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray at 8 p.m. in Miami. The winner of those two games will meet in the national championship game on Jan. 7 in Santa Clara, Calif. More: Players know Alabama fatigue is real, but that doesn't stop title quest More: Like it or not, Notre Dame's role as college football power broker secure Utah to lower legal standard for drunken-driving On Sunday, Utah will become the first state to lower the legal standard for driving under the influence … [Read more...] about College Football Playoff, winter storm: 5 things to know this weekend
Shad Powers Palm Springs Desert Sun Published 3:25 PM EST Dec 13, 2018 The month of December is filled with tradition. Santa rounds up his reindeer, revelers watch the ball drop in Times Square and I use my fool-proof system to pick all 39 college football bowl games. Yes, it's that time of year again, when I help you win your office bowl game pool by using the "Quality Game" system to reveal all the winners from the Rose Bowl to the Redbox Bowl. I have to say it's been working for me. The last three years I've finished second, first and second in a college bowl picking pool I'm in, and what I like most is it takes the guesswork or legwork out of picking the obscure games. You probably have a thought about who is going to win the Orange Bowl between Oklahoma and Alabama, but who do you like in the Camellia Bowl pitting Eastern Michigan and Georgia Southern? More: The Shaddys! Our columnist's end-of-year football awards for the memorable moments of 2018 Before the … [Read more...] about All 39 college football bowl games: Columnist can help you win your office pool