"That's Alabama, Clemson, and I felt Georgia was also, that had the athletes and the depth that could compete for the national championship". The Tide dominated opponents all season long, but so did the Tigers, and Clemson offers bettors value as an underdog of almost a touchdown.
While Notre Dame's season ended on a bitter note, they came into the Cotton Bowl undefeated with wins over Michigan, USC, and Stanford.
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Etienne ran 176 times for 1,463 yards (8.3 yards per carry) and 21 touchdowns this season.
Both teams will enter 14-0.
Alabama's defense has shown over its past two games that it can be scored upon by top-tier offenses like Clemson's. In the victory over the Sooners, he completed a staggering 89 percent of his attempts and threw more touchdowns (four) than incompletions (three). They will be formidable if Lawrence plays like he did tonight.
Lawrence was asked about the big stage that the Tigers would be playing at regarding the National Championship.
Clemson throttled Notre Dame in the college football playoff semi-finals Saturday night 30-3. Clemson may or may not be able to knock off the Tide outright, but is a strong bet to keep this game very close.