Hey, y’all know what happened after the last time Alabama played in a title game when they used the “R” word.
It’s not just that we’ll be seeing last year’s national title game participants face off again. It’s that the semis were totally lopsided affairs that basically served as evidence that they could have skipped the preliminaries altogether and gone straight to the main course.
Alabama was Alabama, the five-star python that let its opponent have an early chance to breath — Saban’s gotta have something to get his blood pressure up — only to spend the rest of the game slowly squeezing the life out of its prey.
Clemson’s win may have been even more impressive. Shutting Urban Meyer out for the first time in his career was a big deal, one that will be forever in Corch’s mind. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a coaching staff use the month off to prepare better for an opponent than Dabo’s crew did last night. (Technically, Ohio State had one more week to get ready than Clemson did, since the Buckeyes skipped the championship game route.)
In the end, both teams showed they’re college football’s 2016 cream of the crop. They should be playing for all the marbles.
All that being said, it’s still Alabama vs. Clemson. Again. If you think that’s kind of boring — and if you’re the kind of casual viewer that ESPN and its clients are trying to reel in with the CFP, you probably do — don’t worry. The folks running college football are sensitive to rematch issues. Stay away from the TV for a few days and you’ll get their knees jerking eventually. Hopefully, the rest of us will get to enjoy a great national championship game.