The 2016 CFB Playoff National Championship is not far away at all. Monday night will host the event from Glendale, Arizona, at 8:30 on ESPN. All eyes will be watching the undefeated, top ranked Clemson Tigers led by Deshaun Watson as they take on the powerhouse Alabama Crimson Tide. Clemson is very good, but Alabama will hoist the CFB Playoff Trophy on Monday night.
Alabama has won the most national championships among all active FBS teams. They've won an astonishing fifteen titles. Nick Saban and crew will be obviously seeking their sixteenth championship and fourth by Saban at Alabama. Alabama will win another this time around against Clemson for several reasons.
One, you have to start with the aforementioned Nick Saban. He is the greatest college coach in the game today. He is not only an amazing recruiter but is second to none in development of his players and preparation. He preaches "The Process," which basically means doing every single thing with excellence. He's a control freak and micromanager, and he's dang good at his job. He will have his team ready for the game against Clemson.
Second, Alabama will beat Clemson because the Crimson Tide are more talented. It's as simple as that. I'm sorry Clemson; deal with it. No disrespect to the Tigers either, they have talent of their own and have the best quarterback in the country, but overall, Alabama just has better material. The defense for Alabama is absolutely ridiculous. The unit is historically good.
It's unfair how good the unit is; it's the top stop unit in America after all. As I've said, the Tide have the best front seven in college football. Their defensive line and linebacking corps is amazing, and it's been almost impossible to run on the Tide particularly inside (#1 rush D in CFB). They also have the best pass rush in all of college football.
Alabama not only has stars on this defense such as All-American DT A'Shawn Robinson, DE Jarran Reed, DE Jonathan Allen, and All-American LB Reggie Ragland, DB Eddie Jackson, etc. Their secondary has taken a major step forward under Mel Tucker this year and went from a weakness in the past to a strength. However, the biggest difference from this defense at Alabama from other years is depth. With all the blue-chip guys Alabama has, they have a rotation that is second to none. They just got so many playmakers that no one gets tired. It's demoralizing for the opposing offense.
Alabama's Defense Is Nasty and Loaded With Talent
Alabama's offense is very good too, and the unit as a whole doesn't seem to get the credit it deserves. That might be because everyone focuses on running back Derrick Henry and for good reason. He won the Heisman after all and is an absolute animal, workhorse, and stat-stuffer. The powerful, big-framed man is the best pure running back in the game today.
The Tide have slews of other talented playmakers on offense such as fellow back Kenyan Drake, wide receiver Calvin Ridley, ArDarius Stewart, Richard Mullaney, TE O.J. Howard, and others. I believed Jake Coker was one of the most underrated QBs this year. He showed how good he truly is as he lit up the stingy Michigan State defense through the air (286 yards and 2 touchdowns) in the playoff semifinal last week. He had the best performance of his career at Alabama and showed that his team can depend on him.
Third, Alabama will win it all because of the team's mentality and leadership. They've been on this stage before and want revenge from going out in the playoffs last year. Alabama always has to fight against complacency as they have had such great success. That is not a problem this year. This team is different. The leadership is strong by these players, and they are focused and working their hardest. A team of this magnitude with a focus this powerful is a scary combination.
I've seen nearly all of Alabama's games this year and even watched them in person. They have been nothing but impressive. They are so talented, and this might be the best team Nick Saban has ever had. I don't think anyone can beat this team if Alabama plays like they are capable of. The Clemson defense has been very underrated and is very good, but they simply won't be able to handle Alabama. The Tide are so balanced on offense and can hurt you in so many ways. Deshaun Watson is a heck of a quarterback, but he hasn't faced a defense near as good as Alabama. Clemson's offense will not do enough to beat the Crimson Tide.
The 2016 CFB Playoff National Championship game has a lot of storylines and features the best two teams without a doubt in college football. Dabo Swinney has done an outstanding job at Clemson this year and has built the Tigers into a college football power. He has the best quarterback in the land (and Heisman finalist) in Deshaun Watson as well as other talented playmakers and a stingy defense. Nick Saban is the greatest coach in the country, and this team might be the best he's had ever in Tuscaloosa. This team has been a thrill to watch this year. This game should be fun to watch and very competitive, but don't get it twisted; Alabama will win its 16th national championship on Monday night.