CFP National Championship: Deep South in the desert
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CFP National Championship: Deep South in the desert
SI Staff
Friday January 8th, 2016

A new college football national champion will be crowned Monday night. Will it be No. 1 Clemson, closing out an undefeated season with its second national title ever and first since 1981? Or will it be No. 2 Alabama rolling to claim its third championship in five years and fourth in the last seven?

To get you caught up on everything you need to know about the Tigers, the Crimson Tide and the matchup, here is and’s complete championship preview coverage.

STAFF: National championship picks: Predictions for the title, MVP

THAMEL: Why Nick Saban called Tom Herman and why it could be key

ROTHSCHILD: Move over, Bear: Saban set to become Alabama's top coach

STAPLES: Dabo Swinney and Nick Saban more similar than they seem

VIDEO: Keys and predictions from SI’s Pete Thamel, Andy Staples

VIDEO: Setting the scene for the national championship game

HAMILTON: Clemson’s shutdown CB Alexander is key to slowing Bama

STAPLES: Can Alabama’s small secondary work against Clemson?

VIDEO: 3 keys when Alabama has the ball

VIDEO: 3 keys when Clemson has the ball

KRASNOO: 3 matchups that could decide the title game

VIDEO: Saban vs. Swinney: What would national title mean to both coaches?

BECHT: X-factors: The little things that could decide Clemson-Alabama

KRASNOO: Three key matchups to watch in Clemson-Alabama

ELLIS: WR Calvin Ridley is there exactly when Alabama needs him

VIDEO: Which under-the-radar players could make big impact?

SCHNELL: Clemson legend Tajh Boyd talks title hopes, Watson, more

VIDEO: Pivotal moments from Clemson’s path to the title game

JOHNSON: 3 things to know about Clemson’s, Alabama’s recruiting classes

VIDEO: Pivotal moments from Alabama’s path to the title game

STAFF: Coaches explain how to beat Clemson and Alabama

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ELLIS: How Clemson RB Gallman thrived under the radar

STAFF: Roundtable: Answering the key questions that could decide the title

STAPLES: #DearAndy, Chad Kelly's success bode well for Clemson?

SCHNELL: Podcast: Previewing the title game with Tajh Boyd and Eli Gold

HAMILTON: Lost and found: Mullaney’s path from Oregon St. to Alabama

ELLIS: Position-by-position analysis: Where do Clemson, Bama have edge?

STAPLES: How a Discover card envelope changed Dabo Swinney’s life

VIDEO: How Dabo Swinney learned his real name

DEITSCH: Details for ESPN’s Megacast of the title game

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STAPLES: Numbers game: Can Alabama stop Clemson QB Watson?

VIDEO: Clemson D must play its best game to stop Henry, Coker

BECHT: 10 reasons to be excited for this championship matchup

LANHAM: View from Campus: Why Clemson will win

WALDREP: View from Campus: Why Alabama will win

VIDEO: Deep South in the desert: How Alabama, Clemson match up

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