The 2019 College Football Playoff is quickly coming to an end as Alabama Crimson Tide and Clemson Tigers prepare to face off for the national championship title of the NCAA Division I FBS.
Semifinal playoff games wrapped up this past Saturday, with Alabama defeating Oklahoma (45-34) in the Orange Bowl and Clemson overtaking Notre Dame (30-3) in the Cotton Bowl Classic. Next, the two semifinal winning teams will head to the National Championship Game, officially concluding the 2018-19 College Football postseason.
The 2019 College Football Playoff National Championship Game will take place Monday, Jan. 7, in Santa Clara, California.
From how to watch and stream the game to betting odds and spreads, we rounded up everything you need to know before Monday's playoff bowl. We even added photos of Alabama and Clemson from the semifinal bowls that you won't want to miss. Check it out below.
Through all the twists and turns during the months-long college football regular season, this matchup always seemed like a potential option.
Alabama vs. Clemson...or Clemson vs. Alabama.
The two 14-0 teams have barely been tested this season. Those close games (Clemson vs. Syracuse, 'Bama vs. Georgia) stand out because they were so shocking.
With QB Tua Tagovailoa and his 3,671 yards and 41 touchdowns, Alabama has the best offense its had during this incredible run of five national titles going back to the 2009 season. Since 2015, Alabama is 55-3 with loses to Ole Miss, Auburn and Clemson. That's it.
Not that Clemson is that far behind. The Tigers are 54-4 since 2015, losing to Alabama twice, Pitt and Syracuse.
The Tigers have a dynamic quarterback of their own with Trevor Lawrence. The freshman took over the starting job from Kelly Bryant and has passed for almost 3,000 yards with 27 touchdowns.
Despite all the deserved attention Lawrence has received, running back Travis Etienne has been a huge star. Clemson averages more than 250 rush yards per game, with Etienne rushing for 1,572 yards this season. Of Clemson's 537 carries this season, Etienne has accounted for 190 (35 percent). That's a huge change from last season, as Bryant led the Tigers with 173 attempts in 2017.
When the Tide roughed up Bryant and the Tigers in a 24-6 Sugar Bowl win last season, it was clear Clemson didn't have the firepower to compete. It does now.
At the same time, Alabama is even better offensively — and it has Hurts waiting if needed.
The last two title game showdowns between these two have been decided by 5 and 4 points. It wouldn't be surprising if this year's game was even closer.