Staff Predictions For the 2019 National Championship Game – Alabama vs Clemson
The Alabama Crimson Tide and the Clemson Tigers meet for the fourth time in the College Football Playoffs and has developed one of the most competitive rivalries between two of the best teams in college football.
On one hand you have one of the greatest coaches of all-time Nick Saban, who has taking the Crimson Tide to status only Paul "Bear" Bryant has brought to Tuscaloosa, reaching five national championships and has the opportunity to pass Bryant if he wins down in Santa Clara, California.
The other side is Dabo Swinney, a Alabama kid that's taking the Clemson Tigers to new heights and has the chances to win another national championship and put his name in the hat among the elite coaches in college football.
Alabama has quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and Clemson has freshman phenom Trevor Lawrence surrounded by talented defenses on both sides and a ton of weapons to display each quarterbacks caliber.
Both teams are evenly matched but who the Tide 102.9/100.9 staff has winning the national championship between the Crimson Tide and the Tigers.
Martin Houston, Host of The Blitz
Well it’s finally here. What most of the College Football Media world predicted, yet what most of the college fandom didn’t want. With coaching legacies on the line, who will bring home the hardware. Nick Saban can stand-alone at the pinnacle of college football w/ his 7th national championship and 6th at Alabama in the last decade. While Dabo tries to prove that he belongs among the college greats with a 2-1 lead over Saban in title matchups. These two teams are clearly the top programs in college, but are they on the same plan? This Clemson team hasn’t been really tested, especially the talented True Frosh QB, Lawrence. Look for Lupoi and Saban to confuse the young QB, while Quinnen Williams and company pressure and harass him. Clemson will have some success, but it will not be enough to overcome the offensive explosion behind the nation’s best QB. Tua, Jacobs, Harris & all the WRs will be clicking, but don’t sleep on Irv Smith Jr.
Alabama 38 - Clemson 24
Wimp Sanderson, Co-Host of Inside the Locker Room
I look for this to be a hard fought game on both sides of the ball. Look for the kicking game to finally rear it’s ugly head for Alabama.
Clemson 24 - Alabama 21
Barry Sanderson, Co-Host of Inside the Locker Room
Dabo is a very competitive guy and will help ease the fear of the Bama tradition. I believe the Tide defense will be the first team to cause Lawrence problems. This will be a fourth quarter game with Tua making a huge play to give Coach Saban another National Championship.
Alabama 34 - Clemson 27
Gary Harris, Host of The Gary Harris Show
Alabama and Clemson will meet on Monday night at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, CA for the CFB Playoff National Championship. It’s the fourth straight year for the two teams to clash in the CFB Playoff and the third time in the Championship Game. The King of college football against the team that would love to take the crown away. Too bad Clemson, Alabama isn’t ready to relinquish the crown yet.
Alabama 45 - Clemson 24
Travis Reier, Host of Southern Fried Sports
No argument here that Clemson upgraded at the quarterback position from a year ago. Thing is, quarterback wasn’t the Tigers’ biggest problem the last time around. More than anything, Alabama’s defensive front seven reigned supreme in New Orleans. It’s there where Clemson will need to show the most improvement come Monday night. If not, 20 points might be generous.
Alabama 31 - Clemson 20
Ryan Fowler, Host of The Game
Alabama and Clemson are two evenly matched teams in most areas;however, I think the difference in the game is Alabama’s defensive line against Clemson’s offensive line. Another advantage for Alabama are their wide receivers versus Clemson’s secondary. Alabama wins and Nick Saban breaks Coach Bryant’s record.
Alabama 35 - Clemson 24
Ben George, Digital Managing Editor
It's not often that I have to sit back and think about whether or not Alabama will win a game, but that's absolutely the case this time out. I've said it all season that I believe we're watching history unfold before our eyes with this Crimson Tide team and now sure isn't the time to back off that position. From the selflessness of players like Damien Harris to the commitment of coaches like Mike Locksley to see this thing through, this 2018 team has all of the intangibles to pair with an explosive offense and solid defense. I believe this group goes out Monday night and does what the 2016 team couldn't. Come Monday night, that 2009 group will have to make room for these guys.
Alabama 31 - Clemson 30
Josh Smith, Producer
The saga continues as the 4th installment of Alabama-Clemson kicks off from the West coast. For the first time, both teams are undefeated heading into the final game. Fueled by highly-explosive offenses and winning the battle in the trenches, Alabama's toughest challenge will be to limit the pressure on Tua Tagovailoa by Clemson's SEC-caliber defensive line. Easier said than done.
James Hardy, Producer
While Clemson has played marvelously with true freshman quarterback Trevor Lawrence, Alabama sophomore signal caller Tua Tagovailoa showed the country against Oklahoma why Alabama fans were high on him since his first days on campus. Clemson will try and pressure Tagovailoa, but expect Bama to counter with quick throws and allow Jerry Jeudy, DeVonta Smith, Jaylen Waddle and the rest of the receiving corps to make plays in space.
Alabama 34 - Clemson 14
Marquis Munson, Brand Manager/Producer
This is the game everyone predicted in the beginning of the season and honestly the clear two best team in all of college football without question. Although people say this Clemson team hasn't been "battle tested" I think if you watch Clemson offensive talent and Brett Venables defense and the talent he has on that side of the ball, this Tigers team under Dabo isn't just a team that ran through the ACC, they are really that good. However with Dexter Lawrence out for Clemson, how much presser will they be able to get on Tua Tagovailoa. If Clemson gives Tua time in the pocket he will expose the weakest part of the Tigers defense, the secondary. I think Alabama gets the job done using Tua's arm and forcing quarterback Trevor Lawrence into "freshman mistakes" and Saban passes Paul "Bear" Bryant, something we thought would never happen.
Alabama 35 - Clemson 28