For those tracking at home, Lee Corso hasn’t picked an Alabama or a Clemson game wrong this season.
So, it was with anticipation that we watched as the ESPN GameDay analyst made his prediction prior to the start of the College Football Playoff national championship between No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Clemson.
For much of an hour he pointed out advantages for Nick Saban’s Tide.
For instance, he cited Alabama’s three-headed rushing attack of Damien Harris, Josh Jacobs and Najee Harris.
“Clemson has only beaten ranked one highly ranked team all year in Notre Dame,” Corso said. “Alabama has beaten Georgia, LSU, Oklahoma. That lack of competition might be an an Achilles Heel for Alabama. Advantage: Alabama.”
But when push came to shove, he went against his colleague, who all picked Alabama.
“I know Alabama is 15-4 against Clemson all-time,” Corso said. “I also know Saban has beaten Clemson two out of three playoff games. I also know that Alabama is 5.5 point favorite over Clemson, but Alabama has not won back-to-back championships in six years. I’m going with the underdog: The Clemson Tiger.”
David Pollack and Desmond Howard went with Alabama.
“I think we’re going to have a shootout,” Pollack said. “A lot of fun and a lot of points. In the end, one team has 92 and one team doesn’t. I think Quinnen Williams on the inside can disrupt the game like no one’s business. He’ll be all over Trevor Lawrence and force him to make mistake. I have Alabama.”
“You can’t save people from the Tide, you can only save people from the flood,” Howard said. “I think Trevor Lawrence’s job is to save the Tigers from the flood, but he is a year to early. I’m going with Alabama.”
Tim Tebow joined the earlier in the show.
“I’m going Alabama in a pretty high-scoring game. I think it will be close, but Tua (Tagovailoa) finds a way to get it done.”
He made his pick earlier in the day,