Clemson sits atop the college football world today, defeating Alabama 35-31 in Tampa to claim the crown for the 2016-17 season. The Crimson Tide were going for their fifth such title in nine years, leading most of the way. But, a patient offensive attack by the Tigers eventually exposed an Alabama defensive unit that wasn’t too deep this season, as Clemson got the game-winning score with a second left in the 4th quarter on a very fatigued defense.
The Tide were the wire-to-wire favorite to win the championship all season, but when they lose, it usually takes a tremendous effort, or even a tremendous play (like the “Kick Six“Auburn needed to beat ‘Bama in 2013) to turn fate against Nick Saban’s bunch. They’re always solid contenders, and the argument could have been made that if a few plays over the past six seasons had gone their way, I could easily be sitting here typing about Alabama sixth straight national title.
Congratulations to the Tigers, and the people of upstate South Carolina where Clemson prowls.