National champion Clemson preseason favorite already for next season

Travis Etienne celebrates one of his second-quarter touchdowns with a sky-high Christian Wilkins at Levi's Stadium

Alabama and Clemson are once again 1-2 after battling the the fourth time in as many seasons in the College Football Playoff. On Monday, the Tigers became the first college football team to win 15 games in a season since the 19th century. Alabama won the first game in an offensive shootout, while Clemson won the second thanks to quarterback Deshaun Watson's late-game heroics.

Alabama's head coach, whose press conference rants often go viral, appeared much more appreciative than usual on Monday night.

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The defending champions rolled into Levi's Stadium looking to secure their third title in four seasons, but Alabama ran into an absolute buzzsaw clad in orange and white as the No. 2 Clemson Tigers steamrolled the Tide, 44-16, en route to their second national title in three seasons. The Crimson Tide beat the Tigers in last year's semifinals before beating Georgia in the title game. Justyn Ross caught six balls for 153 yards and a score for Clemson, which shut out 'Bama after leading 31-16 at the half. While it's not exactly a scorcher of a take, former New York Jets and Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Joe Namath is commenting on the loss. The two teams opened as the favorites to win the national championship in 2019, and are likely on a collision course for a fifth straight meeting in next year's playoff.

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