The Tigers and Crimson Tide will decide the national championship on Monday night

College football’s 2018-19 season is down to its final game, as Alabama and Clemson square off on Monday night in Santa Clara for the national championship. The biggest stage in college football is nothing new for both teams. The Crimson Tide are the only team to earn a trip to the CFB Playoff in all five years since its inception prior to the 2014 season. Additionally, coach Nick Saban’s team has won two out of the last three national championships and five over the last nine years. The Tigers have earned four consecutive trips to the CFB Playoff and will make their third appearance in the national title game on Monday night.

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Matchups between Alabama and Clemson in the CFB Playoff have become the norm in recent years, and considering the returning talent for the 2019 season, it may not change much next fall. Counting the matchup in Santa Clara, the Crimson Tide and Tigers have met in four consecutive postseason games. Alabama won the title for the 2015 season by defeating Clemson in a 45-40 thriller in Glendale. The Tigers got revenge the following year thanks to quarterback Deshaun Watson, knocking off the Crimson Tide 35-31 in Tampa. These two teams met last season in a semifinal game, with Alabama winning 24-6 in dominant fashion in New Orleans.

Alabama has largely cruised to a 14-0 record behind a high-powered offense and quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. Of the Crimson Tide’s 14 victories, just three were decided by less than 22 points. Alabama opened the year with a 51-14 win against Louisville in Orlando and picked up victories along the way against Texas A&M (45-23), Missouri (39-10), LSU (29-0) and Mississippi State (24-0). After Tagovailoa was sidelined due to injury, the Crimson Tide needed some second-half heroics from Jalen Hurts to defeat Georgia 35-28 in the SEC Championship. Tagovailoa’s status was a major concern leading into the Orange Bowl showdown against Oklahoma. However, the sophomore was sharp throughout all four quarters, and Alabama’s defense propelled the team to a 28-0 margin that was too much for the Sooners to overcome in a 45-34 victory for the Crimson Tide.

Clemson’s season has mirrored Alabama’s in some ways. The Tigers were dominant throughout 2018, with only two games decided by less than 20 points. Clemson survived an early trip to College Station to beat Texas A&M (28-26) and rallied to beat Syracuse (27-23) after quarterback Trevor Lawrence was sidelined due to injury. The Tigers capped the year by blowing out Pitt 42-10 in the ACC Championship. Coach Dabo Swinney’s team was nearly a two-touchdown favorite for its semifinal against Notre Dame. As expected, Clemson didn’t have much trouble with the Fighting Irish, as Lawrence threw for 327 yards and three touchdowns to guide the team to a 30-3 victory.

In the all-time series between these two programs, Alabama holds a 14-4 series edge over Clemson.

College Football National Championship: Alabama vs. Clemson

Kickoff: Monday, Jan. 7 at 8 p.m. ET

TV Channel: ESPN

Spread: Alabama -5.5

When Alabama Has the Ball

The 2018 version of Alabama’s offense has shifted from a run-first/power football approach to more of a spread team. That’s largely due to Tagovailoa’s emergence as the No. 1 quarterback, along with a receiving corps that might be the deepest in college football. The Crimson Tide are averaging over 300 passing yards a game, with Tagovailoa completing 69.5 percent of his throws for 3,671 yards and 41 touchdowns to just four picks.

Tagovailoa’s No. 1 target is sophomore Jerry Jeudy, but Alabama has five players with at least 36 receptions this season. Jeudy enters Monday night’s game with 63 receptions for 1,176 yards and 13 touchdowns and claimed the Biletnikoff Award as college football’s top receiver in December. Freshman Jaylen Waddle ranks second on the team with 823 receiving yards, while Henry Ruggs (45 catches for 738 yards and 11 TDs) and DeVonta Smith (36 catches for 628 yards) round out the top options at receiver. Tight end Irv Smith (40 receptions for 667 yards) is another big-play threat for Tagovailoa to target over the middle of the field.

While this offense is more prolific through the air than Saban’s previous teams, Alabama certainly doesn’t abandon the running game. The workload on Monday night is likely to be split between three options. Senior Damien Harris paces the team with 819 yards and nine touchdowns, with Najee Harris (724 yards) and Josh Jacobs (593 yards) slated to see opportunities. Jacobs is also the best pass catcher of the trio, as he’s posted 19 receptions for 231 yards and three scores this season.

With Alabama’s versatile and deep collection of playmakers in place, along with one of college football’s top quarterbacks, Clemson’s defense is going to have its hands full on Monday night. However, the Tigers certainly have the pieces to slow down this offense.

The strength of Clemson’s defense rests in the trenches. All-American Christian Wilkins leads the way for a run defense that is only giving up 2.4 yards a carry and 92.6 rushing yards a game. Ends Clelin Ferrell and Austin Bryant anchor a pass rush that ranks first nationally with 52 sacks. Dexter Lawrence’s suspension is a big loss on the interior, but Albert Huggins played well against Notre Dame and will prevent a major drop in the production of this unit. Kendall Joseph and Tre Lamar anchor a standout group of linebackers, with cornerbacks Trayvon Mullen and A.J. Terrell leading the way in the secondary.

Clemson’s defense is only giving up 12.9 points a game and has surrendered just 11 plays of 40 yards or more in 2018.

It’s hard to find a flaw on Alabama’s offense, but the line has been susceptible (at times) to opposing pass rushers. Can Clemson’s front generate pressure on passing downs to prevent Tagovailoa and his receivers from making big plays downfield? While the Tigers have allowed only 11 passing scores all year, Texas A&M (430 yards) and South Carolina (510) showed this unit can give up some yardage if the quarterback has time to throw downfield.

Clemson’s front isn’t likely to give up much in the way of yardage, but Alabama still needs to have the threat of the run. With three talented backs in place, small yardage may turn into longer gains with fresh legs in the fourth quarter. Additionally, considering Alabama’s issues on field goals this season, Clemson shouldn’t be afraid to bend a little but hold in the red zone.

Expect the battle in the trenches to decide this game. If the Crimson Tide protect Tagovailoa, he’s going to hit open receivers and keep the offense performing where it left off in the Orange Bowl. But if the Tigers get to the quarterback with their front four and no additional pressure, this defense can slow down Alabama’s offense.

When Clemson Has the Ball

Monday night’s matchup is exactly why Clemson needed Trevor Lawrence to emerge as the team’s starting quarterback this season. After losing to Alabama in the Sugar Bowl last year, it was evident the Tigers would have to throw downfield more to open up the entire offense. As expected, Kelly Bryant opened the season as Clemson’s No. 1 quarterback, but it wasn’t long before Lawrence was clearly the right pick to direct the offense. The freshman is only getting more and more comfortable with every snap, as he finished the year with 2,933 yards and 27 touchdowns to just four picks. Additionally, Lawrence is connecting on 65.5 percent of his throws and has not tossed a pick in four straight contests.

Just how big of an impact has Lawrence made on the offense? After connecting on just 18 throws of 30 yards or more in 2017, the Tigers have 32 such plays in ’18. The offense also has 11 completions of 50-plus yards, including a 52-yard touchdown toss in the Cotton Bowl victory over Notre Dame.

Just like Alabama, Clemson is loaded with talent at receiver. Tee Higgins leads the offense in receptions (56), yardage (855) and touchdown catches (11) and has the size (6-foot-4) to be a nightmare matchup. Justyn Ross has been one of the top freshman playmakers in the nation this fall. He enters Monday night’s game with 40 catches for 847 yards and eight touchdowns and led the team with 148 receiving yards in the win against the Fighting Irish. Amari Rodgers (53 catches) and Hunter Renfrow (47) round out the top targets for Lawrence on the outside.

Travis Etienne has only 190 carries this season, but the sophomore certainly makes the most of his touches. Etienne has 1,572 yards and 22 touchdowns, averaging a healthy 8.3 yards per carry. He’s also tied for fourth nationally with seven runs of 40-plus yards this season.

As expected from Nick Saban’s program, Alabama’s defense once again ranks among the best in college football. The strength of this group is up front. The Crimson Tide are holding opponents to 3.5 yards per rush and 120.3 yards a game on the ground. Nose guard Quinnen Williams has been unblockable for most of the season, recording 18 tackles for a loss and eight sacks through 14 games. Ends Isaiah Buggs and Raekwon Davis have combined for 19 tackles for a loss this fall, while linebackers Anfernee Jennings and Christian Miller have posted 21. Miller suffered a hamstring injury in the win over Oklahoma and is questionable for Monday night’s game.

Alabama’s secondary isn’t as deep or effective as the unit Saban brought to the national championship last season but still ranks 15th nationally in pass efficiency defense. Only two teams – Georgia and Oklahoma – have managed more than 300 passing yards against this secondary in 2018.

As mentioned above, this matchup is why Clemson needed Lawrence in the starting lineup. Alabama’s front seven dominated in last year’s Sugar Bowl and another performance like the one in New Orleans spell trouble for the Tigers. But with Lawrence at the controls, Clemson’s offense can stretch the field and can attack Alabama’s secondary with its speed and athleticism on the outside. Etienne isn’t going to find a ton of running room, but the sophomore will have better luck if the Crimson Tide have to devote more attention to preventing big plays downfield.

Similar to when Alabama has the ball, can Clemson’s offensive line hold up at the point of attack? The Tigers have allowed only 17 sacks this year but three came against Notre Dame in the Cotton Bowl. Can Williams, Davis, Buggs and the Crimson Tide’s standout group of linebackers get constant pressure throughout the game on passing downs? If Alabama stuffs Etienne and gets Lawrence into third-and-longs, even though the receivers will make a handful of plays downfield, that could be a tough recipe for Swinney’s team to overcome all night.

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Preview: Alabama vs. Georgia

Top-ranked Alabama will undoubtedly be part of the four-team College Football Playoff but fourth-ranked Georgia isn’t a lock as the two squads prepare for Saturday’s SEC championship game at Atlanta. The Bulldogs can clinch a CFP spot by beating the Crimson Tide but risk being bypassed for the playoff if they should lose the contest.

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The two squads met in last season’s national title game with Alabama prevailing 26-23 in overtime in what was the coming out party for Crimson Tide quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who came off the bench to throw three touchdown passes. “He can sit in the pocket and make every throw,” Georgia coach Kirby Smart said during a press conference. “He’s very confident, and he’s got a presence about him in the pocket. He doesn’t fear rush; if he’s got guys bearing down on him, he sidesteps and gets the ball out, and that’s what makes him very special.” Alabama has been dominant all season but coach Nick Saban is very wary of Smart – his former defensive coordinator – and the Bulldogs. “Georgia is one of the most complete teams in the country,” Saban said at a press conference. “I think Kirby’s done a fantastic job there in terms of taking the players that were there and developing them in the style that he wants and doing a great job of recruiting to get new players to come and buy into their system. This is going to be the biggest challenge we’ve had to date.”

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ABOUT ALABAMA (12-0, 8-0 SEC): Tagovailoa has thrown a school-record 36 touchdown passes against two interceptions and the sophomore fuels an offense averaging 49 points per game. Jerry Jeudy is enjoying a standout season with 56 receptions for 1,079 and 11 touchdowns while fellow sophomore receiver DeVonta Smith (27 receptions) will forever be remembered in Alabama lore for catching the game-winning 41-yard touchdown pass in the national championship game. The Crimson Tide give up an average of 13.8 points with sophomore nose guard Quinnen Williams recording a team-leading 16 tackles for loss and senior defensive end Isaiah Buggs notching a team-best 9.5 sacks.

ABOUT GEORGIA (11-1, 7-1): Sophomore quarterback Jake Fromm was intercepted twice in last season’s title game but has been picked off just five times this season while passing for 2,236 yards and 24 touchdowns. The attack that produces an average of 40.1 points per game also relies on two standout running backs in sophomore D’Andre Swift (962 yards, nine touchdowns) and junior Elijah Holyfield (896 yards, seven scores). The defense allows an average of 17.2 points with senior linebacker D’Andre Walker (team-high 6.5 sacks) and sophomore safety Richard LeCounte (team-leading 64 tackles) among the standouts.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Alabama has won the past four meetings.

2. Bulldogs junior WR Mecole Hardman leads the SEC with a 21.8 average on punt returns – he has one touchdown – and also averages 26.2 yards on kickoff returns.

3. Crimson Tide junior LB Terrell Lewis (knee) returned to practice from summer surgery and his availability will be determined later in the week.

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Alabama Crimson Tide versus Clemson Tigers College Football Real Money Fantasy Picks 1-11-2016

 

The college football championship game will feature the Clemson Tigers meeting the Alabama Crimson Tide. DFS draft managers can tune to ESPN TV on Monday January 11th at 8:30PM Eastern Time to track the scoring results of their one day league roster picks.

 

Alabama is 13-1 as they put on an impressive performance on both sides of the ball in their 38-0 victory in the semifinals to the Michigan St Spartans. The Crimson Tide showed off their tremendous skill on defense by limiting the Spartans to just 239 yards. It is worth noting that Connor Cook the Michigan St quarterback is a drop back style quarterback with no threat to run much. The Clemson quarterback is mobile and these styles of quarterbacks have given Alabama trouble in the past. The Crimson Tide operates the number two defense in all of college football as they surrender just 256 yards to their opponents. They are tops against the run.

 

Clemson is 14-0 as they defeated Oklahoma in their semifinal matchup on New Year’s Eve winning 37-17. The Tigers shut out the Crimson Tide in the second half. The team has the number 11 ranked offense as they run and pass very well on the season. Clemson is sixth overall on defense by allowing 302 yards per game.

 

Alabama Crimson Tide QB:

 

Jake Coker

 

The senior quarterback has completed 67.1% of his throws for 2775 yards with 19 touchdowns and 8 picks. In the win against Michigan St Coker completed 83.3% of his throws for 286 yards with two touchdowns. He has thrown for multiple touchdowns in three of his past four games. Coker won’t give daily fantasy GM’s much points with his legs as he has rushed for 88 yards on 66 attempts on the year.

 

Alabama Crimson Tide RB:

 

Derrick Henry

 

The Heisman Trophy winner has run for 2061 yards on 359 carries with 25 touchdowns. He is rushing for 5.7 yards per carry on the campaign. Henry has rushed for two touchdowns in six of his past eight games. He has a rushing touchdown in every game this year. Against high profile teams he had three rushing touchdowns on LSU and two in the semifinal victory against Michigan St.

 

Alabama Crimson Tide WR:

 

Calvin Ridley

 

The Crimson Tide freshman wide out has 83 catches for 1031 yards with seven touchdowns. Ridley had a big game in the semifinal victory against Michigan St with eight receptions for 138 yards with two touchdowns. He averaged 17.3 yards per catch on the Michigan St defense.

 

ArDarius Stewart

 

Stewart has caught 61 balls for 637 yards with four touchdowns. The sophomore receiver has a touchdown reception in two of his past three games.

 

Clemson Tigers QB:

 

Deshaun Watson

 

The signal caller is completing 68.2% his throws for 3704 yards with 31 touchdowns and 12 picks. In the ACC title game Watson had 289 yards passing and three touchdown passes on North Carolina. He had a good game in the semifinal victory against Oklahoma with 187 yards passing with a touchdown. He ran 24 times for 145 yards and a touchdown. On the year Watson has 187 carries for 1032 yards with 12 touchdowns. He is averaging 5.5 yards per reception on the year.

 

Clemson Tigers RB:

 

Wayne Gallman

 

The sophomore running back has 268 carries for 1469 yards with 12 touchdowns. He is rushing for 5.5 yards per carry on the campaign. Gallman had 150 rushing yards on 26 carries and two touchdowns in the victory against Oklahoma. Wayne Gallman has rushed for over 100 yards and a rushing touchdown in six of his past seven games. In the ACC championship game against the Tar Heels, Gallman ran for 187 yards and a touchdown on 28 carries.

 

Clemson Tigers WR:

 

Artavis Scott

 

Scott has caught 89 passes for 868 yards with five touchdowns. He has not caught for 100 yards receiving in eight straight games and has just one receiving touchdown in only one of his past eight games. With a running quarterback it definitely impacts the fantasy value for the receiving corps.

 

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QB: Deshaun Watson (Clemson Tigers)

RB: Wayne Gallman (Clemson Tigers)

WR: ArDarius Stewart (Alabama Crimson Tide)

 

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Fanpicks.com College Football Bowl Game Preview

GOODYEAR COTTON BOWL

Michigan State vs. Alabama

 

Fanpicks.com is proud to bring you the Goodyear Cotton Bowl game preview featuring Michigan State against Alabama. I had to gaze into the crystal ball to predict the outcome of this bowl game… two of the best college football teams will square off; but my Spidey sense  tells me that Michigan State will take 27-23 over The Crimson Tide. Play the best fantasy college football contests at Fanpicks.com

 

Second-ranked Alabama is in the College Football Playoff semifinals for the second straight season as it faces third-ranked Michigan State in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl on Dec. 31 at Arlington, Texas. The Crimson Tide were ousted by Ohio State in last season’s semifinals and are again matched up against a Big Ten program. Only a one-point loss to Nebraska in early November prevented the Spartans from entering the playoffs with an unbeaten record while Alabama has won 10 straight games since losing to Ole Miss in mid-September.

Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook said his sprained throwing shoulder is improving and will be close to 100 percent New Year’s Eve. Cook has a 34-4 career mark as a starter, has thrown a school-record 71 career touchdown passes and ranks second in passing yards (8,984) behind Kirk Cousins (9,131 from 2008-11). “I’m pretty much doing everything in practice now,” Cook told reporters in mid-December. “I’m pretty confident.”

Alabama junior running back Derrick Henry topped 100 yards nine times – and 200 on four occasions – while rushing for an SEC-record 1,986 yards to go with 23 touchdowns en route to winning the Heisman Trophy. The Spartans know they will be seeing a lot of Henry with the football as he carried it a combined 90 times over the Crimson Tide’s last two games. “Whatever I have to do to help my team win,” Henry told reporters. “I don’t care how many carries it is. As long as it’s successful and we’ve got the ball, I’m all for it.”

 

MICHIGAN STATE Season Overview (12-1, 7-1 Big Ten): Cook has completed 56.9 percent of his passes and been intercepted only five times and has a big-time target to work with in senior Aaron Burbridge, who has 1,219 yards and seven touchdowns on a school-record 80 receptions. Freshman LJ Scott rushed for a team-high 691 yards and 11 touchdowns and his last score was the biggest as he kept his legs churning on third-and-goal to score the decisive 1-yard touchdown to beat Iowa in the Big Ten title game. The Spartans allow 20.5 points per game with senior defensive end Shilique Calhoun (10.5 sacks) leading the way while sophomore nose tackle Malik McDowell (12 tackles for losses) and junior middle linebacker Riley Bullough (team-most 95 tackles) are also standout players.

 

ALABAMA Season Overview (12-1, 7-1 SEC): Henry carries the offense and takes pressure off of senior quarterback Jake Coker, who has thrown for 2,489 yards and 17 touchdowns against eight interceptions. Freshman receiver Calvin Ridley emerged as a solid target with 75 receptions for 893 yards to help the Crimson Tide average 34.1 points and complement a defense that allows only 14.4 per game. Junior strong safety Eddie Jackson has a team-leading five interceptions – he has returned them for 230 yards and two touchdowns – while senior middle linebacker Reggie Ragland has recorded a team-high 90 tackles and junior defensive Jonathan Allen has a team-best 10 sacks.

 

 

 

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College Football Fantasy Draft News 12-31-2015

Oklahoma Sooners vs. Clemson Tigers College Football One Day League Fantasy Preview 12-31-2015

 

The college football playoffs get underway on New Year’s Eve with the Orange Bowl as the Clemson Tigers will meet the Oklahoma Sooners. Fantasy college football draft GM’s can tune to ESPN TV on Thursday December 31st at 4PM Eastern Time to track the results of their daily roster picks.

 

These teams recently met in the Russell Athletic Bowl last year with Clemson posting the 40-6 victory. The Oklahoma offense was limited to just 275 yards for the game in the loss. Clemson had trouble rushing with only 68 yards on 42 carries. Clemson is an undefeated team with a mark of 13-0. They are the 11th ranked offense from college football as they push across 510 yards per game. They throw and pass equally well. The Tigers finished at seventh in total defense as opponents posted 296 yards per game. A very good stat but the ACC conference teams did not have the dynamic offensive teams like you see in the Big 12 conference. So take a pass on Clemson’s defense.

 

Oklahoma rallied following their loss to the Texas Longhorns. The point production was very strong but many of those big wins came against questionable defensive teams. Clemson faced better defenses yet still put up some very strong offensive numbers.

 

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Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson completed nearly 70% of his throws for 351 yards with 30 touchdowns and 11 picks. He can run the football as the sophomore signal caller had 887 rushing yards on 163 carries. Watson rushed for 5.4 yards per carry and had 11 rushing touchdowns. He had a three touchdown performance in the ACC championship game against North Carolina where he threw for 289 yards. He threw for 420 yards and three touchdowns against a good defensive team in Boston College.

 

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Michigan St Spartans vs. Alabama Crimson Tide College Football Fantasy Preview 12-31-2015

 

The Cotton Bowl features the college football playoff game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and Michigan St Spartans. DFS draft GM’s can tune to ESPN TV on Thursday December 31st at 8PM Eastern Time to track the results of their daily league scoring results.

 

Both teams enter play with a record of 12-1. The Crimson Tide suffered a loss to Mississippi a team that made a New Year’s Six Bowl in the Sugar Bowl. Michigan St dropped a 39-38 decision at Nebraska. The Michigan St Spartans were held to 16 points at Iowa and 17 points at Ohio St as they squeaked out close victories. They put up just 24 points at home to a bad Purdue and Maryland team. The Spartans were just 69th from college football in total offense with the run game ranking at 81st. Opponents had success throwing against the Michigan St defense this year as the Spartans are 73rd against the pass.

 

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The Crimson Tide is a very physical defensive team. They have been outstanding down the stretch by allowing no greater than 16 points over their past six games. The Crimson Tide is the number two defense from college football by giving up just 258 yards per game. They are number three in the nation in points against by allowing just 14.4 points per game to their opponents. The game that really stands out for Alabama is their home victory to LSU on November 7th. The Crimson Tide held Tigers running back Leonard Fournette to just 31 rushing yards on 19 carries

 

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Alabama vs. Florida College Football Recap

It’s raining confetti on Alabama’s parade as they cruised to 29-15 victory over Florida in the Southeastern Conference Championship game. The Crimson Tide’s Derrick Henry delivered a Heisman Trophy-worthy performance along with a superior dominating defensive plays. Simply put, the Crimson Tide’s ability to dominating their opponents enabled them to overpower the Gators and clinch a playoff berth. No surprise that Alabama’s ability to impose its dominating style of play has helped them be ranked No.2 in the nation. This echoed in quarterback Jake Coker’s statement; “As tight as this group is and how hard we play together and how we have each other’s backs, I’m real confident in this team. I think we can do whatever we want to do, based on how we practice and prepare. It’s going to be an exciting playoff.”

Many fans felt that Alabama’s title hopes were on the ropes in mid-September when five turnovers allowed Mississippi to pull off a 43-37 upset at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Since that loss, The Tide was able to regroup and focus their game and bounce back to win 10 straight. Their impressive 12-1 record will likely earn them a spot in the national semifinals at either the College Football Playoff Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic or College Football Playoff Capital One Orange Bowl on New Year’s Eve.

Derrick Henry was outstanding during the game certainly capping his Heisman Trophy campaign rushing for 189 yards for 44 carries against Florida’s defense which is ranked as one of the nation’s best. The Tide’s quarterback, Jake Coker also contributed immensely making 18 completions out of 26 throws for an amazing 2014 yards gain with 2 touchdowns to secure the win. The Crimson Tide’s defensive maligned Florida’s offensive unit, which were held to 3 yards offense gain in the second and third quarters.

However, Florida, who came into the game as an 18-point underdog, briefly grabbed a 7-2 lead on Antonio Callaway’s 85-yard punt return for a touchdown early in the second quarter, spurring Alabama’s domination to take over.

Heisman Trophy favorite, Derrick Henry improved his chances to win with an MVP showing, due to the fact that his game play efforts put went a long way to secure the Alabama win. “My main focus is on finishing and helping the team win,” Henry said. “I’m going to do whatever it takes to help this team win.” Henry tied He tied the SEC record for touchdowns in a season (23) and eclipsed Herschel Walker’s 34-year-old conference mark for rushing yards in a year, pushing his total to 1,986 with likely at least one more game still to come.

Both teams did not disappoint fans, who expected a defensive slugfest; although through the course of the game it became apparent that Alabama was the superior team. The Tide led 12-7 at the break, scoring a safety off a blocked punt, settling for a field goal after a long drive, and turning it over deep in Florida territory.

From then on, it was apparent that the Gators simply couldn’t focus enough offensive strength to make it a game. Their aerial attack consisted of numerous wobbly passes which were dropped, in the end, Harris was 9-of-24 for 165 yards with one interception. The Gators also had a woeful running game, which was held to 21 yards rushing. Their only offensive score coming on Treon Harris’ 46-yard pass to C.J. Worton at the very end of the game. Florida will likely settle for a spot in the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl. Yet the sun still shines bright over the Gators an coach Jim McElwain pointed out; “We’re a program on the rise, we’ll have a good football team here — a lot of them — in the future.”

The Crimson Tide on the other hand, complemented its pound-and-ground offense with a couple of huge passing plays. Calvin Ridley leaped between two Florida defenders to pull down a 55-yard pass at the Florida 2, setting up Henry’s touchdown. ArDarius Stewart made an even more spectacular grab in the third quarter, going up in traffic to snare a 32-yard scoring pass before flipping to the turf on his head. Yet Stewart hopped right back up, a clear sign that no one was going to keep this team down. Coker then finished off the Gators with a 9-yard touchdown pass to Richard Mullaney with 8:50 remaining.

The defense turned in quite a performance for coordinator Kirby Smart, who is expected to be named head coach at Georgia in the next few days. But whatever happens with Smart, Alabama’s defense still has some goals left to achieve.

The Tide are likely heading back to the College Football Playoff.

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College Football Fantasy Draft News 12-5-2015

Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Florida Gators

College Football Fantasy Preview 12-5-2015

The SEC Championship game will feature the Alabama Crimson Tide facing the Florida Gators. College football one day fantasy league GMs can tune to CBS TV on Saturday December 5th at 4PM Eastern Time from the Georgia Dome to track the results of their DFS roster picks.

Alabama enters play with the ability to earn a playoff spot with a victory in this game. The team has been solid defensively by allowing just 264 yards per game ranking second in the nation and are third in points allowed at 14.3 points given up per game. Their lone loss came way back in week three in a 43-37 home defeat to Ole Miss. Since that defeat the most points they have allowed were 23 points. They have given up 16 or fewer points in eight of their past nine games.

The Florida Gators are 10-2 after they suffered a home defeat to Florida St last week by the score of 27-2. They suffered a suspension to their starting quarterback Will Grier and their offense has not been as effective. They have fallen to 104th in the nation in total offense by generating 353 yards per game. Defense is a major strength for the Gators as they are limiting opponents to just 283 yards and 15.5 points per game which ranks fifth best in the nation in both categories.

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This is a game between two outstanding defensive teams. Derrick Henry will be a major issue for the Gators and they will look to stop him. Expect Florida to try and allow quarterback Jake Coker to beat them. The Crimson Tide will target receivers in single coverage so with the emphasis on the running back Henry by the Florida defense, it will be Coker making the big plays with his arm.

Alabama Crimson Tide QB:

Jake Coker

Air Force Falcons vs. San Diego St Aztecs

College Football Real Money Fantasy Preview 12-5-2015

The Mountain West Championship game has the San Diego St Aztecs playing on their home field to meet the Air Force Falcons. DFS draft GMs can tune to ESPN2 TV at 7:30PM Eastern Time from San Diego to track the results of their fantasy college football roster picks.

San Diego St has been the hot team entering play as they are 9-3 overall and have won eight straight games. They are 8-0 in the Mountain West division. They beat up on a down Mountain West conference this year but didn’t play Boise St or the Air Force from the Mountain division. They suffered a major injury to quarterback Maxwell Smith who suffered an ACL injury and will be out for this game. San Diego St has been a ground and pound team this year behind their very good offensive line. They sit 15th from college football in rushing as they run for 235 yards per game.

Air Force enters play with a mark of 8-4 and was 6-2 in the Mountain division. This is their third straight road game with a 37-30 road win at Boise St and a 47-35 road loss to New Mexico last week. The Falcons defense has allowed 28 or greater points in three straight games.

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The San Diego St Aztecs program has produced running backs into the NFL. They look like they have another hot NFL prospect as running back Donnel Pumphrey that has put up some impressive numbers on the year. He is rushing for 1464 yards this season on 268 carries and 16 rushing touchdowns. Pumphrey is averaging 5.5 yards a carry and has rushing touchdowns in 10 of his 12 games.

San Diego St Aztecs RB:

Donnel Pumphrey

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LSU Tigers versus Alabama Crimson Tide College Football Real Money Fantasy Picks 11-7-2015

It’s the big one on Saturday as the Alabama Crimson Tide will be home to the LSU Tigers. Fantasy college football draft GMs can tune to CBS TV on November 7th at 8PM Eastern Time to follow the results of their DFS roster selections.

The Alabama Crimson Tide has won the past four meetings with the LSU Tigers. Last year it was a low scoring game as Alabama was able to win 20-13 in overtime on the road. The Tigers gained just 259 offensive yards in the loss as they rushed for 183 yards. NFL prospect Leonard Fournette had 21 carries for 79 yards in defeat.

LSU is 7-0 on the year. The team has notable wins at Mississippi St and home to Florida by seven points. Tigers will have the benefit of a bye week after a 28 point home victory to Western Kentucky. LSU is fourth from college football in running the football as the club rushes for 308 yards per game on the campaign. On defense LSU is 40th in the nation in points allowed by allowing 22.6 points per game.

Alabama is 7-1 and will also come off a bye week. They squeaked past Tennessee two weeks ago by the score of 19-14. Their lone loss came back on September 19th with a 43-37 defeat at home to Mississippi. The Crimson Tide had difficulty defending the passing game for the Rebels as Alabama allowed Chad Kelly 341 yards passing and three touchdown passes. The Crimson Tide self-destructed in their loss by turning the ball over five times and taking none away from Ole Miss. In their win against the Volunteers, Alabama needed a touchdown with just over two minutes remaining for the win. Their run game struggled as they rushed for 117 yards on 42 carries.

LSU Tigers QB:

Brandon Harris

The Tigers signal caller is completing 58% of his throws for 1098 yards with nine touchdowns and no picks. He is a threat to run the football as Harris has rushed for 136 yards on 41 carries and three touchdowns. He had his best game two weeks ago at home to Western Kentucky with 286 yards passing and three touchdowns.

LSU Tigers RB:

Leonard Fournette

Fournette leads the Tigers with 176 carries for 1352 yards with 15 touchdowns. The sophomore running back is not featured much in the passing game with seven receptions for 58 yards.

LSU Tigers WR:

Travin Dural

The LSU junior wide receiver has 24 receptions for 426 yards with two touchdowns. Two weeks ago Dural had a good game at home to Western Kentucky with five catches for 132 yards with a touchdown. On the year Dural is averaging 17.8 yards per catch.

Malachi Dupre

Dupre has caught 21 passes this season for 397 yards with five touchdowns. The sophomore wide out has four touchdown catches in his past three games. In the win at home to Florida on October 17th it was Dupre catching four passes for 115 yards and two touchdowns. Malachi Dupre has an outstanding 18.9 yards per reception on the 2015 campaign.

Alabama Crimson Tide QB:

Jake Coker

The senior quarterback for the Crimson Tide has completed 63.8% of his passes for 1623 yards with 11 touchdowns but seven picks. Coker has hit on 72% of his throws or greater in his past three games which came against Arkansas, at Texas A&M and home to Tennessee. In the big second half comeback win to Arkansas, Coker passed for 262 yards with three touchdowns and two picks.

Alabama Crimson Tide RB:

Derrick Henry

Henry has rushed for 1044 yards on the year on 180 carries for 5.8 yards per carry. The Crimson Tide running back has combined in two games for 379 yards with four rushing touchdowns. Two weeks ago at home to Tennessee it was Henry rushing for 143 yards and two touchdowns.

Alabama Crimson Tide WR:

Calvin Ridley

The freshman wide out leads the Crimson Tide with 48 catches for 525 yards with three touchdowns. Ridley has seven receptions or greater in his past three games all against SEC schools in Tennessee, Texas A&M and Arkansas.

College Football Fantasy League Picks

QB: Jake Coker (Alabama)

RB: Leonard Fournette (LSU)

WR: Calvin Ridley (Alabama),  Travin Dural (LSU)

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Mississippi Rebels versus Alabama Crimson Tide
College Football Fantasy Picks 9-19-2015

Two SEC conference heavyweights meet as the Alabama Crimson Tide will host the Mississippi Rebels. College football draft GMs can tune to ESPN on Saturday September 19th at 9:15PM Eastern Time to track the results of their roster picks.

Alabama will be out for some revenge in this one as it was the Mississippi Rebels posting the 23-17 victory on their home field. The Rebels threw the ball effectively in the win for 251 yards. But that was behind a senior quarterback who has left the program. Ole Miss was down 17-10 entering the final period when they answered with 13 fourth quarter points and held the Crimson Tide offense scoreless.

Ole Miss has a record of 2-0 on the year. They have victories against Tennessee Martin and Fresno St as they scored over 70 points in each game. In the win against Fresno St the Rebels outgained the Bulldogs by 291 yards.

Alabama is 2-0 as well. They have a tough test in week one facing Wisconsin on a neutral field and came away with a 35-17 victory. Last week at home to Middle Tennessee St it was a 37-10 home win. In the win against the Badgers the Crimson Tide outgained the Badgers by 234 yards with 238 yards coming from their run game. Alabama stuffed the Wisconsin run game to just 40 yards for the game and an anemic 1.9 yards a carry.

Alabama Crimson Tide QB:

Jake Coker

The senior QB is hitting 64% of his passes with two touchdowns and a pick. He had a touchdown pass against Wisconsin as he completed 15 of 21 throws.

Alabama Crimson Tide RB:

Derrick Henry

Henry leads the Crimson Tide on the ground with 243 rushing yards on 31 carries for nearly 8 yards a carry. He has six rushing touchdowns. In his step up game against Wisconsin Henry had 147 rushing yards with three touchdowns and over 11 yards per carry.

Kenyon Drake

The senior has 16 carries for 117 yards and a touchdown. In the Wisconsin game Drake ran 10 times for 77 yards and a touchdown. He had a long run of 43 yards. In the passing game Drake has seven grabs for 139 yards and a touchdown.

Alabama Crimson Tide WR:

Robert Fraser

The sophomore wide out has eight grabs for 99 yards and two touchdowns. He had a touchdown reception against Wisconsin.

Alabama Crimson Tide TE:

O.J. Howard

Howard has seven catches for 107 yards with a long gain of 42 yards. Against Wisconsin the tight end caught three passes for 37 yards.

Mississippi Rebels QB:

Chad Kelly

The junior quarterback has hit on 72% of his throws for 557 yards with six touchdowns and a pick. He put up some big numbers last week against Fresno St with 346 yards passing and four touchdowns in the win.

Mississippi Rebels RB:

Jaylen Walton

A senior back Jaylen Walton has seen work in all four years with the program. Last year Walton rushed for 586 yards with five touchdowns and a very good 5.5 yards per rush average. Walton has rushed just nine times in 2015 and ran for 103 yards and two touchdowns. Because the first two games of this season were blowouts the Rebels rotated several backs in the wins against Fresno St and Tennessee Martin.

Eugene Brazley

A sophomore who had 28 carries in 2014 in his freshman campaign. Brazley in 2015 has 10 carries for 102 yards and two touchdowns.

Mississippi Rebels WR:

Cody Core:

The senior wide receiver leads the Rebels with eight catches for 176 yards and two touchdowns.

College Football Daily Fantasy Picks

QB: Chad Kelly (Mississippi)

RB: Jaylen Walton (Mississippi), Derrick Henry (Alabama)

WR: Cody Core (Mississippi), Robert Fraser (Alabama)

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