Though many want to believe that the Alabama dynasty is over, Clemson football fans should be wary of leaving the Tide for dead just yet.
For the first time in the history of the CFB Playoff, Alabama wasn’t a participant. It took the Crimson Tide losing two games, but they were finally left out by the committee.
Though Clemson football ended up losing to LSU in the National Championship game, the Tigers are still considered the top program in the nation now because of the great job that Dabo Swinney has done developing players and recruiting at an elite level.
There’s no reason to believe that the Clemson football program is going anywhere or that the Tigers are ready to give up their spot near the top of the CFB landscape, but that doesn’t mean that there won’t be competition along the way.
While many national analysts are declaring that the Alabama football program is dead, Clemson football fans should be wary moving forward.
Alabama is still recruiting at a high level- as they have been for years- and Nick Saban will be hungrier than ever before to get back to the postseason and win another National Championship. When a team has 5-stars all over the field and they have a chip on their shoulder, they certainly shouldn’t be discounted- even if there have been a few cracks in the armor.
This post isn’t to say that Alabama is still the king of College Football or that Clemson is still chasing the Crimson Tide. Really, it’s the other way around.
But part of being the leader is always keeping tabs on your competition and, as we head into 2020, Alabama is certainly still be considered competition for the Tigers.
They’re not going anywhere in terms of the SEC picture for a while and it will be interesting to see what happens over the course of the next couple of seasons in Tuscaloosa.