The previous worst loss for a Saban-led Alabama team was by 14 points, which happened three times - the 2009 Sugar Bowl loss to Utah (31-17), the 2010 regular-season loss at SC (35-21), and the 2014 Sugar Bowl loss to Oklahoma (45-31). This team won 13 games by 20 points or more. led by an unbelievable group of seniors. "But just in my first year, it's just been incredible, definitely made the right choice coming to Clemson".
Clemson's blowout victory over Alabama in the College Football Playoff drew a 14.6 overnight rating for ESPN across its multiple-channel broadcast, the lowest-rated title game in the 5-year-old postseason system.
Clemson dominated on defense, stopping a fake field goal attempt from the Crimson Tide, while also keeping Nick Saban's squad scoreless in the second half.