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CFB : Teaser Line Matchup
Monday 1/7/2019Line$ LineOU LineScore




CLEMSON (14 - 0) vs. ALABAMA (14 - 0)
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Week 17 Monday, 1/7/2019 8:00 PM
NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME - Levi's Stadium - Santa Clara, CA
Board SideTotal
151CLEMSON+11.5Over 52
152ALABAMA+0.5Under 64
CLEMSON - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games14-0+68-66-744.322.7530.4(7.3)
Road Games7-0+56-14-342.623.1499.4(7.3)
Last 3 Games3-0+12-11-242.726.3567.0(7.4)0.716.011.3349.3(5)2.0
Grass Games11-0+45-65-545.523.1524.2(7.3)
CLEMSON - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)44.322.724.028:4738-257(6.7)22-3464.5%274(8.1)72-530(7.3)(12)
Opponents Defensive Avg.29.414.920.930:3438-174(4.6)20-3359.2%237(7.2)71-411(5.8)(14)
Offense Road Games42.623.120.628:5235-228(6.6)22-3464.6%272(8)69-499(7.3)(11.7)
Defense (All Games)12.95.415.131:1339-93(2.4)15-2952.6%182(6.2)68-275(4)(21.2)
Opponents Offensive Avg.28.914.620.630:2543-188(4.4)16-2858.4%206(7.3)71-394(5.6)(13.7)
Defense Road Games11.44.314.431:0841-94(2.3)13-2746.6%157(5.8)68-252(3.7)(22)

ALABAMA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games14-0+38-69-547.729.9527.6(7.9)0.916.28.1307.9(4.7)1.5
Road Games7-0+34-34-349.331.6532.3(7.7)
Last 3 Games3-0+21-22-144.020.7477.0(7.5)0.727.715.0402.7(5.4)0.3
Grass Games11-0+27-46-547.030.5529.6(7.8)0.914.07.1289.5(4.5)1.5
ALABAMA - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)47.729.925.030:1438-202(5.3)20-2969.4%326(11.3)67-528(7.9)(11.1)
Opponents Defensive Avg.29.313.720.329:1737-165(4.5)18-3060.8%234(7.8)67-399(6)(13.6)
Offense Road Games49.331.626.031:3440-219(5.5)20-3066.3%313(10.5)69-532(7.7)(10.8)
Defense (All Games)
Opponents Offensive Avg.30.616.521.231:3240-195(4.8)17-2860.1%224(7.9)68-419(6.1)(13.7)
Defense Road Games19.39.418.028:2631-95(3)18-3454.2%234(6.9)65-329(5)(17)
Average power rating of opponents played: CLEMSON 36.4,  ALABAMA 38.1
CLEMSON - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
11/10/2018@ BOSTON COLLEGE27-7W-17.5W52U30-12929-41-295233-914-24-1040
11/24/2018S CAROLINA56-35W-25L58.5O55-35127-37-393125-9032-50-5101
12/29/2018*NOTRE DAME30-3W-10.5W58U37-21127-41-327135-8817-34-1602

ALABAMA - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
11/10/2018MISSISSIPPI ST24-0W-22W51U45-14217-27-163230-4411-20-1251
11/17/2018THE CITADEL50-17W-53.5L62.5O23-19021-26-371260-2750-2-01
CLEMSON: If last year's 12-win season was a reloading year for Dabo Swinney, try and imagine the level of dominance the Tigers could reach in 2018. A defensive line that returns Christian Wilkins, Dexter Lawrence, Clelin Ferrell and Austin Bryant could eventually be remembered as one of the best in college football history. Incumbent QB Kelly Bryant will face pressure from five-star freshman Trevor Lawrence, but the dynamic RB duo of Tavien Feaster and Travis Etienne will provide a solid cushion for either. Clemson has suffered shocking midseason upsets each of the last two seasons (Pittsburgh in 2016, at Syracuse last year), and Swinney's hardest job this season will be keeping his loaded roster focused each and every week.
ALABAMA: How the West Was Won, starring Nick Saban. Bama is the choice to win the West, even if it returns just 11 total starters. Nick Saban's crew simply reloads, with yet another cache of future NFL first-round picks on both sides of the ball. At QB, the Tide will start either Jalen Hurts or Tua Tagovailoa; both have shown game-altering ability under pressure. Wideouts Jerry Jeudy and DeVonta Smith'who caught Tagovailoa's overtime strike to win the National Championship'will replace Calvin Ridley, while running back Damien Harris remains the workhorse back. There are more questions on defense, which lost Minkah Fitzpatrick, Daron Payne and Rashaan Evans to the NFL. But this is a golden era of Alabama football, and while the Crimson Tide may occasionally stumble, there's no reason to pick against them as West champions yet again.
Clemson-Alabama Preview

Alabama and Clemson, again.

The top-ranked Crimson Tide and No. 2 Tigers both had double-digit victories in their semifinal games Saturday, setting up what has quickly become an annual postseason meeting. They will meet in the College Football Playoff for the fourth consecutive year, the third time in the championship game.

And the winner this time will become the first 15-0 FBS champion.

Alabama-Clemson Part IV, Nick Saban vs. Dabo Swinney, comes Jan. 7 on the opposite side of the country for both teams. The national title will be at the home stadium of the NFL's San Francisco 49ers in Santa Clara, California.

This matchup has seemed inevitable since the Tide and Tigers started the season ranked 1-2. They will also likely finish that way, like they did two seasons ago when they began the season as the top two teams in the AP Top 25.

Both have regularly been winning games by wide margins this year.

Clemson freshman Trevor Lawrence threw for 327 yards and three touchdowns as the ACC champion Tigers beat No. 3 Notre Dame 30-3 in the Cotton Bowl.

''Phenomenal night,'' Swinney said.

Alabama jumped out to a 28-0 lead on way to its 45-34 win in the Orange Bowl over Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray and Big 12 champion Oklahoma.

''Really proud of our team. It's a great win for us,'' Saban said. ''Oklahoma has got a great program and a great team, a great offensive team for sure, a lot of weapons, a lot of firepower.''

Before Alabama had to rally to beat Georgia 35-28 in the SEC championship game, the closest margin for the Crimson Tide had been 24 points. That was 24-0 over then-No. 18 Mississippi State on Nov. 10 when they posted their second consecutive shutout victory.

Since winning 28-26 at Texas A&M and 27-23 against Syracuse in the first month of the season, Clemson has won its last nine games by an average margin of 37 points. The closest game in that stretch was a 20-point win at then-No. 17 Boston College - on the same day as Alabama's closest call in the regular season.

The Crimson Tide will be going for their sixth national championship in Saban's 12 seasons. Swinney is in his 10th full season as Clemson's coach.

''Well, you know they've got a great program and great team and Dabo has done a great job there, and they've got a great program,'' Saban said. ''So I'm sure it'll be a real challenge for us, and I'm sure we'll need to play better than we did today.''

Alabama beat fellow SEC team Georgia in last year's CFP title game after a 24-6 win over Clemson in its semifinal game at the Sugar Bowl.

''We got our butts beat last year. I'm just thankful that we got back and has a better result,'' Swinney said. ''We make every game the biggest game of the year. We really do. ... Our daily structure prepares us for this moment. I always tell them, we're built for this.''

Clemson won the 2016 championship - its only other national title was 1981 - with a 35-31 victory over Alabama after Hunter Renfrow, now a Tigers senior, caught a 2-yard TD from DeShaun Watson with a second remaining in Tampa Bay.

Alabama beat the Tigers 45-40 in Arizona for the 2015 title after the two teams combined for a 40-point fourth quarter.

Before Alabama and Clemson, the last time the same two teams started and ended the season 1-2 in the AP poll was in 2005. Southern Cal was No. 1 all season until losing to Texas and Vince Young in the national championship game.


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Last Updated: 7/14/2020 4:00:47 PM EST

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