For the Alabama fan, tonight’s game has a ‘business as usual’ feel. They are great. They are hot. They are clicking on all cylinders. From day one of the season (which essentially starts tomorrow), the National Championship is their goal. This is what ‘The Process’ is all about for them.
For the Clemson fan, this is an opportunity for national prominence. It’s fair to say that the expectations at Clemson are just as high as Alabama, but in reality, an ACC Championship is a HUGE season. And here they are, undefeated and the underdog in the National Championship with a steep hill to climb. Win this one, and Dabo will be Frank Howard-level legendary in Clemson lore. Here’s the thing: Clemson has all the pieces to beat Alabama tonight, and I think they’ll do it. Not by much, but it feels like the perfect end to a perfect season.
And that’s what they’ll have to be tonight: perfect. Yep, think about Billy Bob Thornton in ‘Friday Night Lights’. “Can you be perfect?”. That’s Clemson tonight. I would be surprised if Dabo isn’t giving a speech like that right before kickoff. Clemson has to play a perfect game tonight to beat Alabama. Alabama is like Iceman from “Top Gun”. They’ll wear you down, and as soon as you make a mistake they’ve got you. Clemson can’t fumble. They can’t throw any interceptions. They have to make all the catches, all the blocks, and dominate on special teams. They have to run the table.
The Tigers will be perfect tonight. And they will be champions.
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