A No. 1 seed in the College Football Playoffs has yet to win the National Championship. Fox Sports analyst Joel Klatt doesn’t like Clemson’s chances of breaking that trend this year.
Klatt argued Sunday morning that Clemson will struggle to beat Alabama in the two program’s third playoff matchup in as many years because they no longer have former Heisman Trophy candidate Deshaun Watson.
“1061 yards. You might be thinking to yourself what the world is 1061 yards. Alabama gave up 1061 yards in their last two meetings with Clemson in the two National Championship games. 941 yards were directly responsible by Deshaun Watson,” Klatt said.
“He’s not walking through those doors. I think if you give Nick Saban this amount of time versus a young quarterback who is inconsistent, played good down the stretch but inconsistent during the course of the season. You get healthy if you are Alabama. I like Alabama to beat Clemson. I know that is a less than popular opinion. I know a lot of people riding with Clemson right now. Dabo Swinney has done a heckuva job, there’s no doubt.”
ACC fans may remember this is the same Joel Klatt that didn’t include Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson in his top five college quarterbacks during the preseason. How did that turn out?
But back to the point at hand, there are many holes in Klatt’s argument. For one, experts have been counting out Clemson all season because they no longer have Watson, and all the Tigers have done is kept winning. The only loss Clemson sustained this year was in a game where they badly missed starting quarterback Kelly Bryant, who was injured
Secondly, Auburn proved a couple weeks ago that a team doesn’t necessarily need dynamic quarterback play to beat Alabama. Auburn quarterback Jacob Stidham played well, but he didn’t throw a touchdown pass in the 26-14 victory versus the Crimson Tide.
And finally, it’s not as if Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts has been super consistent either. Hurts has thrown for 200 yards in just one game since September, and he completed under 50 percent of his passes on Nov. 4 versus LSU.
Clemson and Alabama will play in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1 at 8:45 p.m. ET.
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