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

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

We analyzed various defensive metrics which can be viewed below. Alabama led in every category, except for interceptions with Clemson having four more interceptions than Alabama. Alabama is clearly the better defensive team, so the edge on defense goes to Alabama.

Alabama Clemson Advantage
Record14-0 13-1Alabama
Points per Game (points/rank): 11.8 / 1st 18.4 /22nd Alabama
Rushing Yards per Game (yards/rank): 63.4 / 1st 125.8 / 22nd Alabama
Passing Yards per Game (yards/rank): 184.5 / 15th 188.2 / 19th Alabama
Sacks (#/rank): 50 / 2nd 49 / 3rd Alabama
Interceptions (#/rank): 16 / 14th 20 / 6th Clemson
Fumbles Recovered (#/rank): 11 / 22nd 7/85th Alabama

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