The last three Januarys, Clemson has met Alabama. The Tigers are 1-2 in those games,  losing the 2015 championship game, winning the 2016 championship game and losing a semi-final last year.

I say the Alabama-Clemson showdown trend will continue this January.

That’s a product of several things. Here  the biggest: All four of the Tigers’ defensive-line starters are back even though all would have been greeted warmly if they had opted to take the first-round NFL money and run.