Clemson blew out Alabama in last year’s national title game, and it was such a shocking result that fans and analysts are still talking about it five months later. Mike Griffith of DawgNation had some interesting things to say about the contest this week on the “Three Man Front” podcast.
Griffith contends that if Alabama and Clemson had met earlier in the season – in September or October – that the Crimson Tide would have won by “three touchdowns.” As you’d imagine, Tigers fans disagree with him.
Griffith also believes that Alabama’s tough SEC schedule contributed to its ultimate demise.
Here’s the quote:
“The Alabama of September and October – if Alabama and Clemson played in September or October, Alabama would have won by three touchdowns. But what happened was Clemson got better. Trevor Lawrence developed into the best pocket passer I’ve seen in the SEC since Peyton Manning and his receivers are phenomenal.
Alabama got beat up. They got beat up by the SEC schedule and Tua wasn’t Tua. There were a couple of pivotal plays early in the championship game and tip your cap to Clemson, they won. But the Alabama team that I saw in the regular season last year made history statistically and I thought they were unbelievable.”
Griffith also said he doesn’t believe Clemson would have gone undefeated in the SEC last year.
Honestly, no, I don't think Clemson would have run the table in the SEC last season. But Clemson was the best team when it mattered most and will go into next season as my preseason No. 1. What Alabama did in the 2018 regular season should not be overlooked or forgotten, IMO. https://t.co/w82HArI9Lu
— Mike Griffith (@MikeGriffith32) June 7, 2019
Clemson fans may take offense here, but it is important to remember that Lawrence was not the team’s starting quarterback when last season began. The Tigers did improve as the season went on.
That said, there was no doubt in the national championship game which team was better. Clemson will likely be the No. 1 team in the country come August.