The 2019 College Football Playoff National Championship 2019 brings us the fourth Crimson Tide-Tigers meeting.
National Championship 2019
Last year, Alabama rallied to beat Georgia for the title. This year, Alabama will meet familiar foe Clemson for the national championship in Santa Clara, Calif.
2019 National Championship Game: Date for College Football Playoff final
The title game will be played on Monday, Jan. 7. The game is at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. Clemson will play Alabama. Live stats will be available here.
Here were the semifinals:
No. 2 Clemson 30, No. 3 Notre Dame 3
No. 1 Alabama 45, No. 4 Oklahoma 34
With the Tigers and the Tide winning, the two meet for the fourth year in a row in the College Football Playoff (three times for the title, once in a semifinal).
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National Championship 2019 Game: Time for College Football Playoff final
Game time is set for 8 p.m. ET. Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Maria Taylor and Tom Rinaldi will provide TV coverage. Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge, Holly Rowe and Ian Fitzsimmons will call the game on the radio.
2019 National Championship Game: TV channel for College Football Playoff final
The CFP title game can be watched on ESPN or online through WatchESPN.
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National Championship Game: History, scores
This is the fifth year of the College Football Playoff. Alabama is the only school to win more than once, with the Tide winning in 2015 and 2017. Before the CFP, the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) had two teams meet for the BCS title.
Why Alabama will win: I’ve said all season long that I felt Alabama was playing at a different level than the rest of the college football world, and I haven’t seen anything that would make me reconsider such an opinion. That’s not to say Clemson isn’t a terrific team; there’s a reason I’m picking it to cover the spread. Clemson is on a level of its own just like Alabama, but I just don’t think that level is the same one Alabama’s on. In a season that’s been as chalky as chalk can be, now isn’t the time to finally go against that chalk.
Why Clemson will win: This game comes down to the trenches, and one simple question: Do you trust Clemson minus Dexter Lawrence or do you trust Alabama’s offensive line minus Deonte Brown? I’ll take the Tigers defensive front, due in large part to the depth and versatility guys like Christian Wilkins, Clelin Ferrell and Austin Bryant bring to the entire unit. They will draw plenty of eyeballs, which makes the job of Albert Huggins and Nyles Pinckney easier than the job of Lester Cotton — Brown’s replacement at left guard along the Crimson Tide offensive line. The Tigers will spend plenty of time in the backfield, disrupt plays before they get started and put more pressure on Tua Tagovailoa than any that he’s seen this year — Georgia included. Lawrence has been this year’s freshman quarterback sensation, and he will lead the Tigers to the title.