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Students and fans of Clemson University celebrate championship

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Students and fans of Clemson University celebrate championship

He also won a National title with Alabama in 1964.

Clemson is hoping for a different outcome this year thanks to a new starting quarterback and an improved offensive line. The third meeting, in last year's playoff semifinal, was a 24-6 Alabama blowout victory.

Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence hit Tee Higgins with a 62-yard pass on third-and-14 deep in Tiger territory and Travis Etienne followed with a 17-yard TD run through Alabama vaunted defense. But it wasn't just that record-setting fact or that Clemson simply beat Alabama, it was how the Tigers did so in such one-sided fashion.

Lawrence was almost flawless against Notre Dame in the playoff semifinal this season, completing 69 percent of his passes for 327 yards and three scores without a turnover.

The national championship was Clemson's second in three years, proving that Dabo's Tigers have the staying power beyond generational QB Deshaun Watson. "There was a lot of talk about best ever, all year long". Instead, he three for 347 yards and three touchdowns, looking as calm and cool has he has since winning the job in late September. "But just in my first year, it's just been wonderful, definitely made the right choice coming to Clemson".

Alabama will be back, but Clemson will nearly certainly be there waiting for them. It will be close, but Nick Saban will win another national championship.

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