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Rematch! Clemson, Alabama to play for title

5 months 2 weeks 6 days ago December 31, 2016 Dec 31, 2016 Saturday, December 31 2016 December 31, 2016 9:48 PM in News
Source: Associated Press

ATLANTA - Clemson gets its rematch with Alabama in the College Football Playoff championship game.

Deshaun Watson accounted for 316 yards and three touchdowns, and the Tigers manhandled Ohio State 31-0 in the Fiesta Bowl Saturday night.

Clemson (13-1) overpowered the Buckeyes (11-2) all night, shutting them out for the first time since 1993, a span of 295 games.

The Tigers held Ohio State to 208 yards to earn a spot in the title game on Jan. 9 in Tampa Bay.

Alabama beat Clemson 45-40 last year in the College Football Playoff final, winning a fourth national championship in a seven-year span under coach Nick Saban.

Alabama is a seven-point favorite against Clemson in the rematch, according to gambling odds website Pregame.com.

Pregame.com founder RJ Bell says the Crimson Tide were projected to be a heavier favorite, but oddsmakers were impressed by Clemson's dominance against the Buckeyes. Bell says Alabama opened as an eight-point favorite Friday night.

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