Alabama has been the preeminent dynasty in college football over the last decade. Alabama has won an impressive five National titles since 2009, so it's not like the Crimson Tide alumni have been waiting forever to get their hands on the championship trophy.
The two teams exchanged blows early with Clemson holding a 14-13 lead after the first quarter, but it was all Tigers after that.
From there, though, he did get into explaining the basis of four-touchdowns confidence: "First and foremost, you don't make it about Alabama", said the 49-year-old native Alabamian who played walk-on receiver for Alabama. Justyn Ross caught six balls for 153 yards and a score for Clemson, which shut out 'Bama after leading 31-16 at the half.
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.
The former Crimson Tide QB is no stranger to success on the field. There will be questions regarding his suspension for the College Football Playoffs after testing positive for a banned substance in December. Ivy League rivals Yale (1894) and Penn (1897) were the last teams to win 15 games in a season.
The third championship meeting of the Tigers and Crimson Tide, and fourth straight playoff meeting overall, was also the most lopsided CFP final.
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.