College Football Playoff National Championship Game – Who Has the Offensive Edge?

Deshaun Watson QB Clemson
Clemson QB Deshaun Watson
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College Football Playoff National Championship Game
Presented by AT&T
No.1 Alabama Crimson Tide vs. No. 2 Clemson Tigers
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida
Monday, January 9, 2017 @ 8 p.m. ET on ESPN

The glaring advantage on offense is at the quarterback position; Clemson's QB Deshaun Watson is a Junior; he is 6th in the Nation in Total QBR Rating; finished 2nd in the Heisman voting in 2016 and 3rd in 2015 vs. Alabama's QB Jalen Hurts who is a freshman and is 29th in the nation in Total QBR rating. Alabama uses the run prolifically, which is the only offensive category where they have an edge on Clemson, and does not require Jalen Hurts to carry the team on offense. Due to their quarterback and passing game Clemson has a clear offensive advantage, they are hands down the better offensive team.

Alabama Clemson Advantage
Points per Game (points/rank): 39.4 / 15th 39.5 / 13th Clemson
Total Offense (yards/rank): 6,453 / 13th 7,044 / 4th Clemson
Rushing yards per Game (yards/rank): 246.7 / 11th 175.4 / 62nd Alabama
Passing yards per Game (yards/rank): 214.2 / 81st 327.8 / 7th Clemson
Total QBR Rating (#/rank): 72.7 / 29th 83.4 / 6th Clemson
QBR Experience (player/years starting): Jalen Hurts / 1 Deshaun Watson / 3 Clemson

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