Football is America’s favorite sport for a good reason. This athletic event has a lot to offer in terms of excitement, entertainment, fun and purpose. This years College Football National Championship Game is going to be played on January 7, 2019 at Levi Stadium in Santa Clara, California. The game will be featured on ESPN and it will start at 8 p.m. eastern standard time or 5 p.m. pacific time.
The two teams that will be competing within this match are the best two college football teams for the 2018 – 2019 season. Both teams worked hard all season long to reach this point. Now, they are ready to try and claim the grand prize for the 2018 – 2019 season. Let’s take a quick look at how these two teams stack up against each other and who is expected to become the champion in 2019.
Clemson Tigers can Win but they must Perform Well
The Clemson Tigers have a highly rated football program. It is clearly one of the best in the country. This team is only second to Alabama in terms of CFP bowl appearances. Clemson made it to the College Football National Championship Game for 3 years. However, they lost 2 of those matches against Alabama during those matchups. This brings up the next point. Clemson is not expected to defeat Alabama during this game. Las Vegas is putting their money on Alabama to win this match up.
The Tigers do have a fighting chance. This team has become an elite passing squad over this past season and they are a deadly force when it comes to throwing the ball downfield. The Tigers have an elite quarterback in Trevor Lawrence and they have many receivers that can actually move the ball to the end zone. This is the Tigers saving grace. While Clemson’s defense is strong enough to contend with the Tide, their offense is what wins games.
Clemson is going to have to strike fast and hard and keep the ball moving to stand a chance to dethrone Alabama. There is no other way they can achieve victory. However, you should keep in mind that the defense should play a game of attrition with the Crimson Tide. They should not worry so much about stopping them from scoring. We all know that is futile.
The defense should focus more on slowing Alabama down and running off the clock. If the defense can do this while the offense simultaneously scores; then the Tigers could pull off the upset. One last thing must be mentioned as well. Mistakes and turnovers can also harm Alabama. If the Tigers can figure out how to cause the Tide to stumble, they should try and use that to their advantage as well.
Alabama Crimson Tide will not Fall Easily
The Alabama Crimson Tide is an elite team. They are so good that they could arguably be placed into the NFL and end up giving many professional teams a run for their money. The Crimson Tide has every position locked from the quarterback (featuring Tua Tagovailoa) down to their superior defensive and offensive lines. This team has very few flaws. The Tide is nearly invincible and that is no mere statement.
This team is really that good. Even when competitors have them against the ropes and is about to defeat them; they find a way to come back to win. That is just what the Tide does, win. This organization is dangerous. Truthfully, it would be a shock to watch any team out here to defeat the Tide. It would be a serious and well deserved upset if that does happen.
However, that team must be playing on all cylinders at a higher level than Alabama. Will Clemson be able to do that? It’s possible with the 2018 – 2019 Tiger team but the probability of it happening is very slim. Alabama will win this match simply because they are the better team. The only way for them to lose this game is by giving it away through mistakes or not not playing well.