Crimson Tide & Tigers Play For National Championship
The season-long storm of college football has arrived in Santa Clara – along with a real storm and what the heck were the decision-makers thinking when they put the championship game in a damp and cold location in the first place – with the two storm chasers ready to meet at the summit of the sport’s mountain.
All the other teams were trying to reason with a hurricane season throughout the year, with many more pretenders than contenders being washed away by not just a powerful Crimson Tide but also a floating fortress of felines from South Carolina and underachievements based on overly ambitious expectations.
So here we are, some 4,000 miles from college football’s hotbed, contesting a National Championship in an professional sports landscape in front of a bunch of techys.
Time is Pacific because The Prognosticator lives on the West Coast
Alabama vs. Clemson (ESPN, 5 p.m., Levis Stadium, Santa Clara, CA)
Riding the wave of the Tua Tsunami, the Crimson Tide rolls into Levis Stadium like a winter Pacific storm, tho the Fighting Debos await with a seawall that could slow down Hurricane Katrina.
The feisty felines are as ferocious as a Cat 5 and there is no safe harbor from their destructive powers.
This is a battle of wills as much as it is a battle of quarterbacks led by two coaches who are as identifiable by their first games – Nick, Dabo – as they are by their last names – Saban, Swinney. Each team is well coached, well disciplined and well prepared and the difference will come down to the playmakers and the play callers.
Saban has proven he has a playoff penchant for the latter and is as cold as a Santa Clara winter’s night when it comes to making game-changing decisions in the heat of the battle. Dabo seems as laid back as a California surfer dude but in reality is as daring as a big wave surfer during the Mavericks contest at Half Moon Bay.
But the Fighting Dabos have a weakness that plays right into the Pachyderms plans. Once past its gauntlet of a front line, opponents can throw the ball deep in an area as vast as the nearby Monterey Canyon. South Carolina torched the Tigers for 510 yards and five touchdowns and with Tua as captain of the Tide’s ship, this will be fertile fishing ground for Bama. Winner: Alabama