Clemson Football: Areas the Tigers can exploit vs. Alabama

ARLINGTON, TEXAS - DECEMBER 29: Trevor Lawrence #16 of the Clemson Tigers reacts after throwing a 19 yard touchdown pass in the second quarter against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the College Football Playoff Semifinal Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic at AT&T Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TEXAS - DECEMBER 29: Trevor Lawrence #16 of the Clemson Tigers reacts after throwing a 19 yard touchdown pass in the second quarter against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the College Football Playoff Semifinal Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic at AT&T Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images) /
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What areas can Clemson football exploit against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the National Championship game Monday night in Santa Clara?

The Clemson football team will take on the Alabama Crimson Tide Monday night in the National Championship game.

Earlier today, we wrote a piece showing you the areas that Alabama can exploit against Clemson.

Here are some areas that the Tigers can exploit against the Tide over in Santa Clara.

  • Out-physical Alabama secondary

Look, the first area for Clemson is the same area as Alabama. Tony Elliott told the media that he and counterpart Jeff Scott always ask themselves “Where’s waldo?” when scouting opponents.

Waldo, in my opinion, is in the Alabama secondary. Particularly, Patrick Surtain II. Surtain is going to be a top-10 NFL Draft pick one day. He is a very talented cornerback who is good in coverage.

Unfortunately for him, he’s just not physical enough yet to compete with those big Tiger wide receivers like Tee Higgins and Justyn Ross. That’s a complete flip from last year.

Last year, Clemson had wide receivers like Deon Cain and Ray-Ray McCloud leading the way. Those guys weren’t strong or physical enough to compete with the Alabama secondary. This year, it’s the exact opposite- the Tigers actually have an advantage in physicality at the skill positions.

  • Creating Pressure

Just like Alabama’s defense against Clemson’s offense, the Tigers’ defensive line has an advantage over the Crimson Tide’s offensive line.

Tua Tagovailoa is still not 100 percent and he doesn’t want to scramble around or run the ball a ton. That’s exactly what Clemson is going to try and force him to do.

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Clemson has a huge advantage in creating pressure, which could be the difference in the game Monday night.

What do you think, Clemson football fans? Comment below with some areas you think the Tigers could exploit.