The Clemson Tigers won the 2019 College Football Playoff National Championship game on Monday. They defeated the Alabama Crimson Tide by a final score of 44-16. Alabama had there moments where they shot themselves in the foot, but in the end Clemson was still too much.
While it can be assumed Alabama will bounce back from this loss in 2019, the win for Clemson tells us something about them, as well. They will have head coach Dabo Swinney and defensive coordinator Brent Venables, if he doesnt leave for a head coaching job, for years to come. Quarterback Trevor Lawrence will be a Tiger for at least two more seasons, maybe three if he wants.
With Lawrence under center, that will also bring in top recruits over the next several years. They will also want to play under Swinney because they know that he will help them become successful and will have them winning the ACC for years to come, as well.
Over the last four years, Clemson has not only won the ACC championship game. They have dominated opponents, outscoring them 167-85, including 80-13 the last two seasons. Now, their biggest competition in the ACC is Syracuse, and there’s no guarantee that they will be a 10-win in 2019 or beyond.
North Carolina just hired Mack Brown, but he hasn’t coached in over a handful of years. In addition, UNC is coming off of a one-win season. Miami head coach Mark Richt appeared to have the Hurricanes back in the limelight until they crumbled this season. They won just seven games and lost a second straight bowl game, prompting him to throw in the towel.
Manny Diaz almost left for Temple, but stayed to takeover for the Canes as the next coach. A new coach won’t solve the quarterback position, by the way. That seemed to be the reason they were blown out in the Pinstripe Bowl. That and Jonathon Taylor is a talented running back.
Outside of the ACC, there are only two true teams that could possibly give Clemson a run for their money. Excluding Bama, Oklahoma and Georgia are on the cusp.
Oklahoma would have to have a third Heisman-winning quarterback if they wanted to keep up with Clemson. Georgia got smoked by an unlikely NFL quarterback in Texas’ Sam Ehlinger.
Alabama will run college football until Nick Saban retires. Don’t count out Clemson to be right there with them from the end of Saban’s tenure and possibly beyond that.