National champion Clemson preseason favorite already for next season

Sorry NFL you can't draft Trevor Lawrence for another 2 years

Sorry NFL you can't draft Trevor Lawrence for another 2 years

He finished 20-for-32 for 347 yards and three touchdowns in Clemson's upset Monday.

The oddsmakers predicted a close game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Clemson Tigers - the two best teams in college football at the moment - when they faced off Monday night for the College Football Playoff National Championships. The title was Clemson's second in three years, but Swinney still thinks the program is not on the Crimson Tide's level.

The Tigers throttled the Tide 44-16 at Levi's Stadium, Doubling the worst loss Alabama ever suffered in Nick Saban's 12-years at the helm. Ivy League rivals Yale (1894) and Penn (1897) were the last teams to win 15 games in a season.

Clemson returns quarterback Trevor Lawrence, running back Travis Ettiene and receivesr Justyn Ross and Tee Higgins among others. Swinney knew his team could not beat the No. 1 Crimson Tide without an explosive offense it lacked in 2017.

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Playing in his first year out of high school, Lawrence outplayed former Tigers quarterback Kelly Bryant, who despite winning an ACC title and taking them to a berth in the semi final last season, couldn't produce in the passing game when it mattered most.

Coaches and fans have long awaited the fall of the Saban dynasty in Tuscaloosa, and many were happy to see Clemson's rout of Alabama.

The College Football Playoff pivoted away from its original plan to play semifinal games on New Year's Eve, moving several sets of games off weeknights to Saturdays instead.

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