On Sunday, both Alabama’s head coach, Nick Saban, and Clemson’s head coach, Dabo Swinney, went through some familiar routines.
Both coaches went through a joint news conference which included Swinney doing most of the talking. Both coaches complimented the others programs before taking a picture with the trophy. Both Sadan and Swinney have been doing this for four straight seasons in the College Football Playoffs.
The third meeting with the National Championship on the line, will be played on Monday at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California.
However, this is the first time the College Football Playoff Championship game features two unbeaten teams. The top ranked Tide (14-0) or No. 2 Tigers (14-0) will become the first 15-0 FBS champion since the first AP rankings in 1936.
Nick Saban and the Tide are in the midst of a very impressive run in the college football history. Currently with five national championship titles under their belts since 2009.
Saban has six national championships total, including a BCS crown with LSU in 2003. One more will break a tie with Alabama great Bear Bryant for the most by any coach.
A case, however, could be made that Saban already surpassed Bryant.
Per ESPN, Saban’s accomplishments could be compared to coaches of other sports such as UCLA’s John Wooden, who won 10 NCAA men’s basketball tournaments; Pat Summit, who win eight NCAA women’s basketball titles with Tennessee; Geno Auriemma, who has 11 women’s basketball championships at Connecticut; and Dan Gable, who led Iowa wrestling to 17 NCAA championships.
Swinney and Clemson have made a lot of progress in getting closer on reaching Alabama’s standards. If Clemson can walk away with a victory tonight against Alabama, it would give Clemson three titles overall (1981, 2016). Swinney could join Hall of Fame coaches Bobby Bowden and Joe Paterno, both were able to win two national championships in just three seasons.
This Alabama program could become just the third wire-to-wire No. 1 in the AP poll, joining 1999 Florida State and 2004 Southern California.
Behind Tua Taovailoa, the Crimson Tide has beaten opponents by an average of 31 points. However, Clemson has been just as impressive as they have beaten teams by an average of 29, lead by defensive lineman Clelin Ferrell and Christian Wilkins.