College Football Playoff National Championship Game – Who Has the Special Team’s Edge?

JK Scott Punter Alabama
Alabama’s Punter – JK Scott
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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

Alabama has one of the best punters in the nation in JK Scott, who ranks third in punting average in the country and Alabama has the fifth best punt return average in the country. Alabama also has the advantage in number of field goals with 21, which ranks them 13th in the nation, this could also be a sign of an inability to score TDs. Clemson’s advantage in kickoff returns is only a few yards, so basically Alabama has a very solid advantage on Special Teams. This could play out on a big way Monday, as special teams sometimes have big consequences in close games.

Alabama Clemson Advantage
Special Teams
Field Goals (#/rank): 21 / 13th 14 / 63rd Alabama
Punting Average (yards/rank): 47.4 / 2nd 38.1 / 119th Alabama
Kickoff Returns (yards/rank): 19.6 / 90th 21.1 / 55th Clemson
Punt Returns (yards/rank): 15.7 / 5th 8.1 / 61st Alabama

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