1. Deshaun Watson
The Tigers have the best quarterback in the country. He has yet to lose when starting and finishing a game. Watson has shined on the big stage numerous times in his first two years at Clemson and is more than capable of doing it one more time.
2. Clemson’s offense
If anything gives the Alabama defense trouble, it’s a spread offense. Alabama has five losses in the past three years, all against spread teams. The Tide’s one loss this season was to Ole Miss, which uses a spread offense.
3. Secondary play
Mackensie Alexander is as good as anybody in the country at cornerback, and Cordrea Tankersley, Jayron Kearse and T.J. Greene make up quite a supporting cast. The Tigers rank in the top 10 in the country in passing yards allowed.
4. Brent Venables
Clemson’s defensive coordinator is one of the best in the nation. He put together a plan to hold Oklahoma, the hottest offense in the country, to only 17 points in the Orange Bowl. He will have another solid game plan to slow down Alabama.
Unlike some teams that face Alabama, Clemson won’t be intimidated at all. Watson is as cool and confident as they come, and the Tigers’ defense is full of guys who are good and don’t mind letting you know it.