Alabama vs. Clemson: Your College Football Playoff Championship matchup snapshot

Patrick Vint, SB Nation

We'll have much more to come, but get caught up on the basics you need to know ahead of college football's second-ever Playoff Championship.

The raw stats

Total offense: Clemson 511 yards per game (11th nationally), Alabama 423 ypg (51st)

Total defense: Clemson 296 ypg (seventh), Alabama 258 ypg (second)

No. 1 Clemson has been praised for its balance, and for good reason. Dabo Swinney's undefeated Tigers are solid in rush offense, pass offense, rush defense and pass defense. They may not be spectacular in all four facets, but there is no obvious weakness.

No. 2 Alabama, on the other hand, is playing vintage Nick Saban football. The Crimson Tide are competent in the passing game, great at running the football, and nearly unbeatable on defense. Alabama is first nationally in rushing yards allowed, and if the Cotton Bowl was any indication, they are somehow improving.

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