Tigers Cruise by Sooners to CFP Title Showdown

Published on 01-Jan-2016 by Alan Adamsson
Football - NCAA / NCAA Football Daily Update

Underdog undeterred.

Power meets perfection for college football's national championship.

Clemson's kept on winning all season long, but theirs will be long again when they face Alabama. Like -7 long.

The undefeated Tigers were underdogs in the Orange Bowl against Oklahoma, with a mystery loss to Texas being their only blemish on the year.

There was no need for Sherlock Holmes after Dabo Sweeney's crew got their act together:

The Tigers' quick in-game tweaks typified why Sweeney was named AP Coach of the year.

Much was made of the point that Oklahoma never faced a Big XII contender's quarterback -- due to injuries -- during their run to the title. And yes, DeShaun Watson's 145 ground yards put the Sooner D on its heels. But for all the analysis of key players, it was intangibles like this that typified Clemson's edge:

Clemson fake punt against Oklahoma

Punter Andy Teasdall nailing a pass is one thing, but fat-dude freshman DT Christian Wilkins hauling it in is beyond impressive.

That's Sweeney's unconventional thinking at its best.

It'll take a combination of creativity and execution to overcome the Crimson Tide, ie- a force of another kind.

But it's been done.

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