Monday night’s College Football National Championship will be the third time in the last five years that Alabama and Clemson will meet in the big game.
Even though it was a pretty clear all year that these two teams are the best in the sport, there are a lot of people who feel like the ride to get here was anti-climactic.
Just look at the first round of the playoff.
Notre Dame and Oklahoma went down pretty easy and it cemented the narrative: the elite programs in the sport continue to pull away and leave the rest in-the-dust. This resulted in yet another Alabama-Clemson title fight.
But you won’t get any sympathy from the coaches. After all — isn’t this what doing the playoff was supposed to accomplish?
“Not gonna apologize for having a great team and program and committed guys,” said Dabo Swinney, Clemson head coach. “Objective is to get the best teams, and if that’s not best for college football why’d we do it? Go back to the way it was?
“Best teams are here. Been here every year — last year best teams. I think that’s what college football wanted.”
Alabama already has five national championships in the past nine seasons, and winning another crown against Clemson would lift the Crimson Tide even further above other college football dynasties.
The game begins in Santa Clara, California at 8:00 p.m. EST. Tonight at 11, WSAV Sports will be live from a big Clemson watch party up on Hilton Head with more.