National title race is down to 2 teams: Alabama vs Clemson

Deshaun Watson, Ahmad Thomas
Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) scores a touchdown as Oklahoma safety Ahmad Thomas (13) holds on to his leg, during the first half of the Orange Bowl NCAA college football semifinal playoff game, Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

The national championship race is down to two.

Top-ranked Clemson and No. 2 Alabama will face off in the desert after dominating wins in the national semifinals Thursday. The Tigers romped in the second half for a 37-17 win over No. 4 Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl, while the Crimson Tide rolled Michigan State 38-0 in the Cotton Bowl.

The Jan. 11 title game in Glendale, Ariz., matches a high-scoring offense led by Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson against Nick Saban’s latest dominating defense at Alabama, which limited the Big Ten champion Spartans to 239 yards.

There’s another storyline to the title game. Clemson coach Dabo Swinney is an Alabama alumnus who played on the Tide’s 1992 national championship team.

Now, he’s going against the greatest coach of this generation. Saban has won three national titles in the last six years at Alabama, to go along with a BCS title at LSU.

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