Alabama vs. Clemson Predictions: Picks From the Experts

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The 2017 college football championship may be the same matchup–Alabama vs. Clemson–we saw a year ago, but that doesn’t make it any less compelling.

No. 1 Alabama, fresh off a tidy 24-7 victory over No. 4 Washington, has a chance to go down as one of the best teams ever–or, at the very least, one of the best defenses ever–with a similar showing against the No. 2 Tigers.

But while Nick Saban’s defense has been historically good, Clemson has the weapons to at least make things interesting. Deshaun Watson may not have won the Heisman, but he was probably the best player in America this year. Wayne Gallman and Mike Williams are explosive. The Tigers hung 40 against Alabama last year, and Dabo Swinney’s squad has the talent to do it again.

That said, the Crimson Tide have looked unstoppable all year and are favored by 6.5 points to win their second national title in a row.

But the experts aren’t nearly as convinced, as many pundits are pegging Clemson to pull the upset:

Alabama vs. Clemson Picks

Note: We’ll update this as more expert picks roll in

Andy Staples, Sports Illustrated: Alabama

Pete Thamel, Sports Illustrated: Clemson

Lindsay Schnell, Sports Illustrated: Clemson

Brian Hamilton, Sports Illustrated: Clemson

Joan Niesen, Sports Illustrated: Clemson

Colin Becht, Sports Illustrated: Alabama

Gabriel Baumgaertner, Sports Illustrated: Clemson

Dennis Dodd, CBS Sports: Clemson

Jon Solomon, CBS Sports: Clemson

Jerry Palm, CBS Sports: Alabama

Tom Fornelli, CBS Sports: Alabama

Robby Kalland, CBS Sports: Clemson

Ben Kercheval, CBS Sports: Clemson Computer: Alabama