2017 College Football Playoff Championship preview

Updated 1:40 PM ET, Sat January 7, 2017
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The Alabama Crimson Tide and Clemson Tigers are vying for the College Football Playoff National Championship on Monday, January 9, in Tampa, Florida. Here, the "pirate" ship Jose Gasparilla celebrates the playoff game with an illuminated sign in Hillsborough Bay near downtown Tampa. Check out some highlights from the two teams' earlier games: John David Mercer/USA TODAY Sports
Clemson shut out Ohio State 31-0 in the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Arizona, on December 31. Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson faces pressure from Ohio State defensive end Tyquan Lewis to pass during the game. Christian Petersen/Getty Images
Clemson running back Wayne Gallman leaps into the end zone for a touchdown during a November 26 game against the South Carolina Gamecocks in Clemson. Tyler Smith/Getty Images
Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts, right, tries to break a tackle by Auburn defensive back Johnathan Ford on November 26 in Tuscaloosa. Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images
Alabama running back Bo Scarbrough, center, makes his way against the Southern California Trojans in the AdvoCare Classic on September 3 in Arlington, Texas. Ron Jenkins/Getty Images
Clemson linebacker Ben Boulware rejoices after a sack against the Louisville Cardinals on October 1 in Clemson. Grant Halverson/Getty Images
Alabama defensive lineman Jonathan Allen tackles Washington running back Myles Gaskin during the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl in Atlanta on December 31. Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images
Clemson wide receiver Mike Williams makes a catch for a touchdown over South Carolina cornerback Jamarcus King during the November 26 game in Clemson. Streeter Lecka/Getty Images
Alabama defensive back Tony Brown looks fierce against the Washington Huskies during the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl in Atlanta. Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images
Clemson's Clelin Ferrell, left, celebrates with teammate Carlos Watkins during the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl. Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images
Alabama defensive Minkah Fitzpatrick returns an interception for a touchdown in the first quarter of the SEC Championship Game against Florida on December 3 in Atlanta. The Crimson Tide took the SEC title game 54-16. Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images
Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney celebrates his team's 31-0 win over Ohio State in the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl. Christian Petersen/Getty Images
Alabama head coach Nick Saban savors a 24-7 victory over the Washington Huskies in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. Streeter Lecka/Getty Images