National champion Clemson preseason favorite already for next season

Ross Houston
January 10, 2019

They've also split the last four national championships.

The College Football Playoff pivoted away from its original plan to play semifinal games on New Year's Eve, moving several sets of games off weeknights to Saturdays instead.

Lawrence, who took over as starting quarterback after five games into the season, passed for 347 yards and three touchdowns in the stunning upset at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California. His Crimson Tide counterpart managed two touchdown passes but had two interceptions, with one sack coming in the final minutes of the game.

While Tagovailoa will be one of the favorites on the Heisman Trophy odds in 2019 as a junior, Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence will be the one to beat despite being just a sophomore following his incredible performance in the national title game.

Clemson made history Monday night by becoming the first 15-0 team in modern college football history. "I know we're not supposed to be here, and I'm not supposed to be here, but we are, and I am, and how about them Tigers, man?"

Tigers coach Dabo Swinney, the third active coach to win multiple national championships, expressed his absolute delight for everyone involved in the Clemson football program. The only problem for Alabama is the team that shellacked them Monday night likely will be there waiting for them. Despite the rankings, Clemson proved everyone wrong and dominated, winning by a score of 44-16.

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