David and Goliath: Can Clemson knock off powerhouse and proven Alabama?

01/11/16 by Matthew S. Vandriak

And then there were two. Alabama and Clemson will square off in the second ever NCAA Football Playoff Championship game. Both teams were very impressive in their bowl wins, with #1 Clemson beating #4 Oklahoma 37 to 17. #2 Alabama looked even more impressive, as they thumped #3 Michigan State 38 to 0 on New Years Eve. So lets take a look at how these teams stack up against each other in the final game of the 2015/16 college football season
Clemson averages 38.5 points per game and gives up an average of 20.2 points against. Alabama is averaging 38.1 points per game and gives up an average of 14.4 points against. The Tigers average 511 yards per game on offense while surrendering 296 yards against. The Crimson Tide average 453 yards per game offensively while allowing 258 yards on defense
Clemson is led by QB Deshaun Watson, who's passed for 3,512 yards and thrown 30 TD passes. His top target has been Artavis Scott, who has 80 catches for 805 yards and 5 scores. The Tigers ground game is led by RB Wayne Gallman, who's rushed for 1,332 yards and 10 TD's.

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Alabama is led by QB Jake Coker, who's thrown for 2,489 yards and 17 touchdowns. His go to guy has been Calvin Ridley, who's caught 75 passes for 893 yards and 5 TD's. Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry leads the ground attack with 1,986 yards and 23 scores
Alabama and head coach Nick Saban will be looking for their 4th championship in 7 seasons, with Saban looking to gain his 5th national championship. The Crimson Tide were dominant in their win over Michigan State, holding the Spartans to just 239 total yards. Coker passed for 286 yards in the win, while Ridley had 8 catches for 138 yards and 2 TD's. Henry only had 75 yards rushing, but still scored twice in the win. Alabama also had a punt return for a touchdown and recorded 4 quarterback sacks.
Clemson is trying to become the first ever team in college football to go 15 and 0 under head coach Dabo Swinney. Swinney played for Alabama and was a part of the Crimson Tide's 1992 championship team. In their win over Oklahoma, the Tigers put up 530 yards in total offense against the Sooners, led by Watson, who accounted for 322 yards in total offense. Gallman rushed for 150 yards and 2 TD's. Defensively, Clemson recorded 5 sacks and 2 interceptions in the win
These teams last met in the 2008 regular season, with Alabama winning 34 to 10.

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