2017 NCAA National Championship

Clemson Tigers vs Alabama Crimson Tide Recap

In a back and forth battle of college football’s best teams, Deshaun Watson and his No. 2 Clemson Tigers threw the final knockout punch. Watson found Hunter Renfrow for the game-winning, 2-yard touchdown with one second to play on Monday night as Clemson beat the top-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide 35-31 to win the 2017 NCAA National Championship in Tampa, Florida.

Watson threw for 420 yards and three touchdowns, and ran for another score. Clemson (14-1) took its first lead of the game at 28-24 on Wayne Gallman’s 1-yard run with 4:38 to play in the game. But no sooner had Watson and Gallman rallied Clemson back from a two-touchdown first-half deficit than Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts answered. Hurts weaved through Clemson defenders to score on a 30-yard keeper that gave the Crimson Tide (14-1) a 31-28 lead with 2:07 to play. Then, it was Watson’s turn again. Watson told ESPN after the game that he told his teammates before the final drive not to panic, and “let’s go finish it.”

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney says there should have been a foul called on the Tigers’ game-winning touchdown against Alabama, and it should have been called on the Crimson Tide. A year after Watson and his Tigers came up short in a 45-40 championship loss to Alabama, they did finish it. Watson made clutch throws to Mike Williams and Jordan Leggett during the Tigers’ final drive, and then with six seconds left, he threw to the right side of the end zone and found Renfrow. Clemson entered the fourth quarter trailing 24-14 but scored three touchdowns in the final 15 minutes for the victory. The Tigers’ only other national title came in 1981.

Alabama, which was denied its fifth national title in eight years, controlled the game early with Bo Scarbrough scoring touchdowns on runs of 25 and 37 yards. But he left the game with an apparent leg injury late in the third quarter, and the Crimson Tide could have used his powerful running in the fourth. Watson scored on a keeper midway through the second quarter to cut Alabama’s 14-0 lead in half. A Clemson fumble on the Tigers’ opening possession of the second half, however, led to a Crimson Tide field goal to make it 17-7.

Midway through the third quarter, Watson found Renfrow over the middle for a 24-yard scoring pass to pull the Tigers to within 17-14. O.J. Howard, one of the Alabama heroes in last year’s championship game, burned the Tigers again late in the third quarter on a 68-yard TD catch that put Alabama back up by 10 at 24-14. Clemson answered with a scoring pass from Watson to Williams early in the fourth quarter that cut the Tide’s lead to 24-21. Then Gallman’s run gave Clemson its first lead of the game and set the stage for a wild final few minutes.

Final: Clemson 35, Alabama 31

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Alabama Crimson Tide versus Georgia Bulldogs College Football Daily League Fantasy Preview

From the SEC conference the Georgia Bulldogs will meet the Alabama Crimson Tide on Saturday afternoon. College football draft GM’s can tune to CBS TV on October 3rd from Georgia to follow the results of their roster picks.

The Las Vegas oddsmakers believe that points will be put up in this game as they set the over under total at 55 points. Also worth noting they believe that Georgia could score some points on the Alabama defense because they made the Bulldogs a two point favorite in this game. Very rarely is Alabama an underdog in a game.

Part of the reason the experts believe that Georgia could score on Alabama’s defense was the fact that Mississippi was able to score 43 points on the Tide in week three. That was Alabama’s lone loss of the season. In that game the Crimson Tide shot themselves in the foot with three interceptions and two fumbles for a -5 turnover margin. The Alabama defense did allow 341 yards passing to the Rebels but only 2.9 yards a carry on the ground.

Georgia is 4-0 on the year. Their toughest competition resulted in a 52-20 home victory to South Carolina in week three and a 31-14 road win in week two at Vanderbilt. In their SEC home win against the Gamecocks the Bulldogs threw for 330 yards in the victory.

Alabama Crimson Tide QB:

Jake Coker

The Crimson Tide senior quarterback has completed 55% of his passes for 786 yards with eight touchdowns and four picks. In the Ole Miss loss Coker completed 21 of 45 throws for 201yards with three touchdowns and two picks.

Alabama Crimson Tide RB:

Derrick Henry

Henry is running for 6.3 yards per carry this year. He has run for 422 yards on 67 carries with eight touchdowns. Derrick Henry rushed for 127 yards with a touchdown and 5.5 yards a carry in the loss against Mississippi. Henry had a monster game against Wisconsin rushing for 147 yards on 13 carries and three touchdowns.

Kenyan Drake

The senior running back has rushed 37 times for 215 yards and a touchdown. He had a poor game against Mississippi with 11 carries for 33 yards for 3 yards per rush.

Alabama Crimson Tide TE:

O.J. Howard

The tight end has caught 13 balls for 183 yards. He had four catches against Ole Miss for 70 yards which averaged 17.5 yards per reception.

Alabama Crimson Tide WR:

ArDarius Stewart

Stewart has caught 21 passes for 177 yards with two touchdowns. In the Mississippi game the sophomore receiver caught eight balls for 73 yards and a touchdown.

Georgia Bulldogs QB:

Greyson Lambert

The junior signal caller is completing 76% of his passes for 733 yards with seven touchdowns and no picks. Lambert had a great game in the blowout win against South Carolina hitting on 24 of 25 passes for 330 yards with three touchdowns and no picks.

Georgia Bulldogs RB:

Nick Chubb

Chubb made a strong impact in his freshman year running for 1547 yards on 219 carries. He averaged 7.1 yards a carry and had 14 touchdowns. In the four games this year Chubb has 71 carries for 599 yards and six touchdowns. Nick Chubb had a great game at Vanderbilt with 189 yards and nearly 10 yards per carry.

Georgia Bulldogs WR:

Malcolm Mitchell

Senior Malcolm Mitchell has 20 catches for 306 yards and three touchdowns on the year. He is averaging 15.3 yards per catch on the year. In the win against the Gamecocks Mitchell grabbed eight balls for 122 yards with a touchdown.

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