Alabama vs. Clemson: Live Stream, TV Info, Game Time, Notes

    Alabama vs. Clemson live stream, TV broadcast information, game time and matchup notes for the national championship game between the Tide and Tigers.

    January 5, 2016

    Everything you need to know about the Clemson vs. Alabama live stream and TV broadcast, as well as game notes and prediction.


    The No. 1 Clemson Tigers will battle the No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide in Glendale on Jan. 11 in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game.

    The Tigers (14-0, 8-0 ACC) are making their first appearance in a national title game since they won it back in 1981. Clemson is the sixth team in FBS history to start 14-0 since major classification in 1937. Last time out, the Tigers downed the Oklahoma Sooners, 37-17, in the Orange Bowl, one of the College Football Playoff semifinal games. Oklahoma would take a 17-16 lead into halftime, but it wouldn’t last long as Clemson scored 21 unanswered points to seal the victory and punch its ticket to Glendale. Wayne Gallman dominated the Sooners’ front seven, gashing them for 150 yards on 26 carries and finding the end zone twice. Deshaun Watson didn’t dazzle with his arm (16-of-31, 181 yards, TD, INT), but had a solid performance with his feet as he scrambled 24 times for 145 yards and a touchdown. The Tigers outgained the Sooners 530-378 on the afternoon and held the ball nearly 11 minutes more than Oklahoma (35:15 to 24:45).

    The Crimson Tide (13-1, 7-1 SEC) are looking for their fourth national title in seven years and 16th all-time. Last time out, Alabama pitched the first shutout in a Cotton Bowl since LSU blanked Texas 13-0 back in 1962. After a scoreless first quarter, Derrick Henry put the Tide on the board with a one-yard touchdown run and that is all they would need in the 38-0 win. Henry led the Alabama rushing attack with 20 carries for 75 yards and two touchdowns. Jake Coker was as solid as can be with 286 yards, two touchdowns and just five incompletions (25-of-30). Coker’s connection with Calvin Ridley could not be contained as the two hooked up eight times for 138 yards and two scores. Special teams also played a role in the win as Cyrus Jones returned a punt 57 yards to the house in the third quarter.

    The 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship Game will mark the 16th meeting between Alabama and Clemson all-time. The Tide lead the series 12-3 and won the last 12 games, including seven shutouts of the Tigers.

    Below is everything you need to know about the matchup, including the Alabama vs. Clemson live stream, TV broadcast information, game notes and prediction.

    Alabama vs. Clemson Live Stream, TV Broadcast Information

    • Venue: University of Phoenix Stadium
    • Date: Monday, January 11
    • Game Time: 8:30 p.m. ET
    • National TV: ESPN
    • Pregame Show Live Stream: Campus Insiders
    • National Championship Live Stream: Watch ESPN, No Radio Stream Available

    Prediction

    Deshaun Watson isn’t Vince Young.

    Alabama’s defense is the wrong fit for anyone, but it’s really the wrong group to try rolling against when an offense has to get its two stars in the backfield going. As long as the Crimson Tide come out ultra-focused and with the same sense of purpose they had against LSU and Michigan State – when they were looking to make a statement – and they’re not just trying to get through the game as a means to an end – like the Auburn and Florida wins – there won’t be any problems. Clemson moved the ball well on Oklahoma early in the first half, but had too many trips without touchdowns. That didn’t matter in the Orange Bowl, but the offense will have the same problems this time around.

    For the final score prediction, check out our National Championship preview.

    Game Notes

    • Deshaun Watson is riding an FBS-leading nine game streak with a passing and rushing touchdown.
    • With a win over Clemson, Nick Saban would join Paul “Bear” Bryant as a five-time national championship coach.
    • The Tigers have won their last two bowl games by a combined margin of 54 points, the largest in school history.

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