College Football Playoff National Championship Presented by AT&T: Alabama 45, Clemson 40

On this date: Bama wins 2016 CFP national title vs. Clemson (3:30)

On Jan. 11, 2016, a wild fourth quarter sees Alabama take game 1 of 4 against Clemson in the College Football Playoff to capture a national title. (3:30)

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College Football Playoff National Championship Presented by AT&T

Alabama 45, Clemson 40

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    Maisel: To be Bama, you gotta beat Bama
    After emulating Alabama, Clemson is poised to overtake the Tide.

    Clemson is "All In" for a CFP title
    Think Tigers fans are ready to break their title drought? (Hint: Yes.)

    Schlabach: Did ex-Ohio State coach Tom Herman save Alabama's 2015 season?
    The Tide coaching staff got some offseason feedback from an unlikely source: ex-Buckeyes offensive coordinator Tom Herman.

    Clemson cornerback Mackensie Alexander doesn't mince words
    In one of his rare interview sessions this season, Mackensie Alexander displayed the confidence that helped the cornerback become an All-American.

    Miller: Clemson thinks it can run against Alabama's grumpy defense
    Teams haven't found much success running against Alabama, but Clemson doesn't plan to change its approach against the Crimson Tide.

    Unfiltered Lane Kiffin opens up at CFP media day
    Alabama's Lane Kiffin held court for an hour, detailing his unusual firing at USC, how he almost went to Alabama before and why the Tide aren't looking to have fun in Arizona.

    Dabo Swinney's life of family pain, poverty and love of Alabama
    Clemson's coach took in his mother while playing at Alabama, and reconciled with his alcoholic father before his death. Monday's game will not be his life's biggest battle, just the most recent.

    Opposing coaches break down the scouting advantage for Clemson and Alabama.

    From karaoke to team strategy, both Dabo Swinney and Nick Saban thrive at defying perceptions.

    Once again, Clemson is happy to play the role of underdog.

    Both of Alabama's line will physically test Clemson.

    Meet Clemson's cast of characters at wide receiver.

    Not only is Alabama's defensive line, led by junior A'Shawn Robinson, arguably the most dominant unit in college football, it's also an extension of Nick Saban on the practice field, making sure everyone is always going full speed.

    The Tigers follow Dabo Swinney's lead, but also have a staff of loyal veteran assistants and a steady succession line at quarterback. That's why Clemson could find staying power among the elites.

    Yes, Clemson can beat Alabama. Here are four reasons why, from Insider KC Joyner.

    Meet Clemson's 'silent monster.' Wayne Gallman doesn't get the attention that other star running backs do. But he's been every bit as effective for Clemson this season.

    Clemson's first-year offensive play-caller Tony Elliott admits he's learning on the job. After getting a little too creative against Oklahoma, he asked his players for advice at halftime. The result turned the game in the Tigers' favor.

    Schlabach: Clemson-Alabama tale of the tape
    From famous alums (Jim Nabors! Nancy O'Dell!) to football history, a comparison of how the Crimson Tide and the Tigers match up.

    The reason Clemson isn't scared of big, bad Bama: Deshaun Watson
    The bigger the stage, the better Deshaun Watson has played and he has Clemson believing it will beat Alabama.

    Alabama cornerback Cyrus Jones isn't afraid to talk. He isn't afraid to back it up, either.

    Seven things to know about Bama vs. Clemson for CFP title
    Be the expert in the room when toe meets leather on the second Monday of January at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

    Clemson answers ACC doubters with national championship run
    Not many pundits predicted a title appearance for a program (and conference) often saddled with the "underachiever" label.

    With a win, Saban and Swinney can claim best-ever title at their schools
    Yes, with a victory, Nick Saban's record would compare favorably to Bear Bryant's at Alabama. And Dabo Swinney has made an impressive run at Clemson in a shorter span than Danny Ford.

    Drawing Conclusions: It's down to Clemson and Alabama
    Illustrating how these two teams got to the title game.

    More to Alabama than meets the eye
    Yes, Alabama is known for its defense. But you have to dig a little deeper to see why the Crimson Tide are playing for their fourth national title in the past seven years.

    Kirby Smart's difficult double life isn't over yet
    Balancing life as Alabama's defensive coordinator and the new Georgia coach isn't easy.

    Miller: Good ole southern brawl in the desert will decide the 2015 national championship
    Alabama vs. Clemson for the College Football Playoff championship sets up like a glorified SEC title game.

    Maisel: Angry Alabama defense overwhelms Michigan State
    Last season's semifinal loss and perceived award snubs motivated the Crimson Tide in a shutout of the Spartans at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic.

    Schlabach: How a risky fake punt breathed new life into Clemson
    After Dabo Swinney called for his punter to throw a pass to a defensive tackle in the biggest game of his coaching career, the Tigers became believers.

    Stats & Info: First look at the title game