Clemson Victory Shatters Alabama’s Expectations


The Alabama Crimson Tide lost the College Football National Championship Final to the Clemson Tigers last Monday despite high expectations. Although both teams were undefeated at the time of the game, many expected Alabama to win.

Junior Michael Sabatello had high expectations for the Crimson Tide.

“I expected it to be a close game, but for Alabama to come out on top at the end. Alabama has just been so dominant all year that it was hard to picture them losing, especially by so much.”

The Clemson quarterback, true freshman, Trevor Lawrence, completely blew away the competition with 347 passing yards and 3 passing touchdowns. He hooked up with Justyn Ross multiple times for big plays.

“He did not play like a Freshmen. He showed great poise and confidence when throwing the ball down the field, even when faced with pressure from Alabama’s defense,” said Sabatello.

Alabama’s quarterback, Tua Tagovailoa, simply did not uphold expectations. Alabama’s defense could not seem to stop Clemson’s offense.

Junior John Cantando, Receiver and Safety, said, “[Tua Tagovailoa] played very well but Clemson overwhelmed them.”

Clemson’s defense shut down Alabama’s offense, only allowing them 16 points all of which were scored in the first half. Clemson’s defense had multiple 4th down stops, including a goal-line stand.

Overall, Alabama was simply outcoached and outplayed. Dabo Swinney and the Clemson Tigers earned the national championship. The final score was 44-16 Clemson.