For the second consecutive year, the playoff system, has worked for college football and the NCAA. It allowed the four best teams in the country to duke it out for a chance to be crowned national champions. Oklahoma, Michigan State, Alabama, and Clemson were the chosen four of this year’s playoffs. The Clemson Tigers, the undefeated #1 team in the country, faced off against the Oklahoma Sooners, in the first semifinal. The Tigers were the underdog despite being the #1 team in the country, and proved a lot of people wrong, including myself, by simply outplaying the Sooners. The Alabama Crimson Tide and the Michigan State Spartans, matched up and the Crimson Tide looked flawless in their shutout of the Spartans. This set up a battle of the #1 and #2 teams in the country. The Tigers were yet again the underdog up against Nick Saban and Heisman Trophy winning running back, Derrick Henry. After Monday’s game, the Crimson Tide took home their 5th national championship in 8 years.
As I watched the game on Monday, I believe that the selection committee got the teams right. The game was one of the most exciting football games, college or professional, that I have seen this year. It was a dream matchup. #1 vs. #2, Heisman winner vs. Heisman finalist (Deshaun Watson QB), and Saban vs. Sweeney. Clemson’s offense had sort of been overlooked all season, as they were led by their lockdown defense and stellar defensive line. Going undefeated in any sport is an incredible feat, and Clemson did just that by being undefeated until their loss tonight. Alabama had an early loss, which had some people questioning their quarterback situation. Jake Coker proved many people wrong by leading Alabama to the National Championship on Monday. But, I also believe that the entire Clemson teamed proved to the country that they deserved to be there and played Alabama tough until the last second. Clemson was leading the entire game, as a matter of fact, until the unexpected onside kick, which ultimately changed the momentum of the game. The two coaches and their personalities are polar opposites. Saban, the more traditional coach, and Sweeney, the dancing and exuberant coach. This was a battle of two teams and two coaches, that both left it all on the field. Credit to Clemson for proving a lot of people wrong, and credit to Alabama for winning it all once again. All of this leads to one question. Is Nick Saban the greatest college football coach of all time?