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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.
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: Clemson vs. Pittsburgh
Not many ACC teams can claim wins over Clemson in recent years, but Pittsburgh is one of them. The Panthers will try to play spoiler once again when they face the No. 2 Tigers on Saturday in the ACC Championship Game in Charlotte, N.C.
The Panthers handed Clemson a 43-42 home loss in the most recent meeting in 2016 – the Tigers’ only loss en route to the national championship. Another loss to Pittsburgh would cost the Tigers their fourth consecutive ACC title, and it might deny them a chance to play for another national crown. Clemson has hardly been challenged lately, winning its past seven games by at least 20 points, though the vaunted defense had its most worrisome performance of the season in last week’s 56-35 victory over rival South Carolina. Pittsburgh had its four-game winning streak snapped with a 24-3 loss at Miami last week as the offense inexplicably fell flat after totaling 86 points in the previous two contests.
TV: 8 p.m. ET, ABC. LINE: Clemson -27.5
ABOUT CLEMSON (12-0, 8-0 ACC): The Tigers have been dominant on both sides of the ball as they rank third in the nation in total offense and seventh in defense. Clemson boasts one of the most prolific – and most balanced – offenses in the nation with freshman quarterback Trevor Lawrence (2,488 yards, 22 touchdowns, four interceptions) and running back Travis Etienne (1,307 yards, 19 TDs) leading the way. The defense has been especially tough against the run, allowing more than 117 rushing yards once and holding seven opponents to 90 yards or fewer on the ground.
ABOUT PITTSBURGH (7-5, 6-2): The Panthers averaged 40.8 points during their four-game run to clinch the ACC Coastal Division title, but managed only 200 total yards and did not find the end zone last week. To have a chance Saturday, they’ll need a big rebound from running backs Qadree Ollison (1,134 yards, 10 TDs) and Darrin Hall (935 yards, nine TDs), and quarterback Kenny Pickett (1,825 yards, 12 TDs, 5 interceptions) can’t make many back-breaking mistakes. They’ll likely need to put up some points, because a defense that allows 399.9 yards and 27.8 points per game will have a tough time shutting down the Tigers.
1. Clemson has won eight consecutive games in December dating to a loss to Virginia Tech in the 2011 ACC Championship.
2. The Tigers have scored at least 27 points in a school-record 12 straight contests.
3. Pitt has won its last four games against top-three teams when unranked, including the 2016 victory over No. 2 Clemson and a 24-14 win over No. 2 Miami to close the 2017 regular season.
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Preview: Duke at Clemson
With another hurdle cleared on its way to the College Football Playoff and another ACC Atlantic Division crown secured, second-ranked Clemson turns its attention to visiting Duke on Saturday. The Tigers have won four straight meetings with the Blue Devils, but the teams have not met since 2012.
Clemson posted a dominant 56-20 victory in the most recent matchup, but coach David Cutcliffe has built the Blue Devils into a respectable program in the interim. “They have four road wins, including at Northwestern, and Northwestern won their division and will play for a conference championship,” Clemson coach Dabo Swinney told reporters. “Duke went to Northwestern and won, and that gives you some insight into what they’re capable of doing.” In fact, Duke has won 20 of its last 32 road games. The Blue Devils have recorded back-to-back overall triumphs, including a 20-12 road victory over a Miami team that was just a week removed from being ranked in the top 25.
TV: 7 p.m. ET, ESPN. LINE: Clemson -28.5
ABOUT DUKE (7-3, 3-3 ACC): The Blue Devils have a dynamic and balanced offense led by quarterback Daniel Jones, who racked up a school-record 547 yards of total offense in last week’s 42-35 win over North Carolina – passing for 361 and three touchdowns while rushing for 186 and a score. Running back Deon Jackson also has been on a tear, totaling 646 all-purpose yards over his last three games – including 353 on 41 carries. The secondary also is excellent, holding opponents under 200 passing yards per game, but the defense is susceptible to the run.
ABOUT CLEMSON (10-0, 7-0): The Tigers passed their toughest test in more than a month with a 27-7 win at Boston College last week in which they recorded a 424-113 advantage in total yards. Clemson’s defense, which ranks among the top 10 in the nation in every major category, continued its dominant play by holding the Eagles to a single-digit total in rushing yards. Freshman quarterback Trevor Lawrence was solid while playing in nasty weather on the road, going 29-of-40 for 295 yards with a touchdown and an interception.
1. Clemson leads the ACC in red-zone defense, allowing points on 73.9 percent of opponents’ trips inside the 20, while Duke (74.1 percent) is second.
2. Duke WR T.J. Rahming has caught three or more passes in 17 consecutive games while Clemson WR Hunter Renfrow has at least one reception in 38 straight contests, which ties him with Artavis Scott for the school record.
3. Clemson has matched a school record by scoring at least 27 points in 10 straight games.
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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:
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:
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:
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.
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:
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:
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:
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.
College Football Fantasy League Picks
QB: Deshaun Watson (Clemson Tigers)
RB: Wayne Gallman (Clemson Tigers)
WR: ArDarius Stewart (Alabama Crimson Tide)
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Clemson vs. Oklahoma
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Top-ranked Clemson is the lone remaining unbeaten squad and fourth-ranked Oklahoma has reeled off seven straight victories as they enter their College Football Playoff semifinal clash in the Capital One Orange Bowl on Dec. 31 at Miami Gardens, Fla. The Tigers are bidding for their first national championship since going 12-0 in 1981, while the Sooners are chasing their first national title since going 13-0 in 2000. Oklahoma’s lone loss came to Texas on Oct. 10, while Clemson has won 16 consecutive games since losing to Georgia Tech in mid-November of the 2014 campaign.
There is no disputing the notion that the top two quarterbacks in the country are playing in this contest as Clemson sophomore Deshaun Watson finished third in the Heisman Trophy balloting and Oklahoma junior Baker Mayfield placed fourth with the top two finishers both being running back. Watson is an all-around nightmare for defensive coordinators as he has passed for 3,512 yards and 30 touchdowns and rushed for 887 yards and 11 scores while Mayfield has passed for 3,389 yards and 35 touchdowns while rushing for 420 yards and seven scores. “I think he’s exceptional,” Sooners coach Bob Stoops told reporters of Watson. “What a great athlete – thrower, runner, everything. I really have a great respect and appreciation for what a quality player he is.”
One aspect both teams are downplaying is that Clemson put a 40-6 thumping on the Sooners in last season’s Russell Athletic Bowl in Orlando, Fla. Watson missed the game with a knee injury and Oklahoma committed five turnovers and was never in the contest but Tigers coach Dabo Swinney has been insisting that nobody should be bringing up that game. “That just absolutely has nothing to do with this year,” Swinney told reporters. “They’re playing as good as anybody in the country right now, maybe the best of anybody in the country, so we know they’ll be fired up to play us.”
OKLAHOMA Season Overview (11-1, 8-1 Big 12): The Sooners have averaged 52 points during their seven-game winning streak as senior receiver Sterling Shepard and sophomore running back Samaje Perine complement Mayfield’s prowess. Shepard has 79 receptions for 1,201 yards and 11 touchdown catches and ranks second in school history in receptions (226) and receiving yardage (3,395) while Perine has rushed for 1,291 yards and 15 touchdowns and has 3,004 career rushing yards to join Adrian Peterson (2004-05) as the only players to top 3,000 in their first two seasons as Sooners. Oklahoma allows 20.8 points per game and boasts solid players in senior outside linebacker Eric Striker (team-high 16 tackles for losses and 7.5 sacks), junior cornerback Zack Sanchez (team-leading six interceptions), sophomore cornerback Jordan Thomas (five interceptions), junior inside linebacker Dominique Alexander (team-best 91 tackles) and senior defensive end Charles Tapper (seven sacks).
CLEMSON Season Overview (13-0, 8-0 ACC): The Tigers are hoping standout sophomore receiver Artavis Scott (84 receptions, 805 yards) will be in top shape by the bowl game after he underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair meniscus cartilage in his right knee earlier this month. Sophomore running back Wayne Gallman has been superb with 1,332 yards and 10 touchdowns and is 14 yards shy of surpassing the school mark set by Raymond Priester in 1996. Clemson allows 20.2 points per game with standout junior defensive end Shaq Lawson delivering a dominating season – he has a team-best 9.5 sacks and leads the nation with 22.5 tackles for losses – while senior middle linebacker B.J. Goodson (team-high 91 tackles), junior cornerback Condrea Tankersley (team-leading five interceptions) and junior defensive end Kevin Dodd (eight sacks) also are having strong campaigns.
Clemson takes ACC title with win over North Carolina
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Heisman Trophy nominee and Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson connected for three touchdown passes and ran in for another two scored to lead the unbeaten Tigers to the ACC Championship with a 45-37 win against the 10th ranked North Carolina Tar Heels. Watson showed superb form setting an ACC Championship record with a total of 420 yards and five touchdowns ensuring the 13-0 Tigers a spot in the college football playoffs. Watson said in a postgame interview “I wanted to prove that we were one of the best teams in the country and that we deserved to be in the top four.”
The win was mired in controversy as the Tar Heels appeared to recover the onside kick, but were called for being offside; although replays clearly did not show any offside. The kick was redone, but North Carolina’s attempted for another onside kick was undone by Clemson as they recovered and ran out the clock. Coach Larry Fedora said “I had a chance to look at it and they missed it. They were wrong. That’s all I’m going to say about it. They were wrong” adding more fuel to the controversial win
Moreover, Fedora’s onside kick strategy could have led North Carolina to score with a chance at a 2-point conversion to send the game into overtime. “It isn’t going to change,” Fedora said. “It doesn’t matter one way or the other, so I’m going to have to swallow it like a man and just take it.”
Sunday’s game will answer the only football pairing mystery left… whether Clemson or No. 2 Alabama is in the top spot. Winning Clemson Tigers coach Dabo Swinney boasted “We’ve got three top 10 wins. Anybody else got that? And we’re 13-0.”
This championship game saw Clemson chalk up a conference record 608 yards catapulting over the previous 500 yard indicator. We were amazed at both Wayne Gallman’s accomplishment, running for 185 yards on 27 carries with two touchdowns coupled with Artavis Scott’s feat of seven receptions for 97 yards and a touchdown. Fedora was quick to point out, “They stretch you with their receivers, horizontally, and created seams in the defense, and if you don’t fit exactly where you’re supposed to or you miss a tackle, they’re going to have a big play, and that’s what happened.”
For the Tar Heels, Marquise Williams had an excellent aerial attack wiht 224 yards and three touchdowns while running for 81 yards and a score for the Tar Heels (11-2, No. 8 AP). Williams said he was proud of how his team played, “A lot of people thought we were going to come out here and just lay an egg, but we didn’t.
The Tigers outplayed the Tar Heels 309-103 in the first half, but benefited from a touchdown pass to tight end Jordan Leggett with two seconds left in the second quarter to take a 21-16 lead into the locker room. Clemson’s lead might have been bigger had it not been for a curious decision by Tigers punter Andy Teasdall, to take matters into his own hands and take off running on fourth-and-15 at his own 30. His attempt led him to up just 4 yards before being dragged down receiving an earful from coaches when he returned to the sideline.
The Tar Heels took advantage of this play to quickly move 34 yards in four plays with Williams finding Switzer in the back of the end zone for a 3-yard touchdown pass to give the Tar Heels a 16-14 lead. Swinney mentioned of Teasdall’s play, “There was no fake punt, that was just him losing his mind, he went Superman on me. I have no answer.”
However, Watson put the Tigers back in front with two seconds left in the first half on a 1-yard jump pass to tight end Jordan Leggett. Watson was named the game’s Most Outstanding Player while continuing to build his case to become the first Heisman Trophy winner in school history.
He struck the Heisman pose after the game saying, “I feel like I’m one of the best in the country because of the players I have (on the team) with me and the coaches on this staff.”
“If you sit down and watch our 13 games, he’s the best player in the country — and there is no doubt about it,” Swinney said. “This guy beats you not just with his legs, but his arm, his mind, his heart, his guts and his toughness. He’s a great champion.”