Alabama football vs Clemson National championship : College Football Playoff National Championship: Alabama vs. Clemson IV set for 2019 title game
Alabama football vs Clemson National championship Live
The rematch that everybody spent the entire regular season anticipating is officially on. It’s time for Alabama-Clemson IV. While it’s the fourth time they’ll be facing off in the College Football Playoff, last year’s showdown was in a semifinal. This will be the third time in four years they will battle for the CFP National Championship.
No. 2 Clemson reached the title game by blowing out No. 3 Notre Dame 30-3 in the Cotton Bowl. No. 1 Alabama made its way to Santa Clara, California, beating No. 4 Oklahoma 45-34 in the Orange Bowl.
Early lines from sportsbooks have Alabama as a 6.5-point favorite over Clemson in the title game. It will be played on Monday, Jan. 7 at Levi’s Stadium. These are the basic facts. What else do you need to know? Well, I’m glad you asked.
1. This is the first time two undefeated teams will play for the CFP title: And it was almost bound to happen this season. Now, the College Football Playoff hasn’t existed very long. This year’s playoff is only fifth ever, but this year’s was somewhat different from the first four versions. In the previous four seasons, only three undefeated teams reached the CFP. This year there were three that made it, but Clemson disposed of Notre Dame rather easily, and now the other two will meet for the title.
This ensures that the 2018 national champion will have a perfect record. That hasn’t happened in the playoff era as the last national champion to finish with a perfect record was Florida State in 2013. FSU was also one of the three undefeated teams to reach the playoff before this season, doing so in the first CFP in 2014. It lost to Oregon in the Rose Bowl.