TAMPA, Fla.—A seven-point line is awfully big. It wouldn’t surprise me if better-than-that Clemson won its first national championship since 1981. The one-touchdown-underdog Tigers have tons of talent around, arguably the nation’s best quarterback (Deshaun Watson) and they came oh-so-close in their heart-breaking 45-40 loss to Alabama in last year’s national championship game. The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.
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Herb Gould was on the Chicago Sun Times staff from 1977 to 2013, and continues as a freelance contributor there. He was the Sun-Times national college-sports writer for 25 years.
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