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Although Alabama and Clemson will meet in their third National Championship in four years tonight (they met in the semifinals the other year), there are still plenty of fresh storylines heading into the game.
The big picture: In their last three meetings, the highest Alabama ranked in points per game nationally was No. 15 (2017-18), while the highest Clemson ranked was No. 14 (2016-17). This season, Alabama ranked No. 2 (47.7 points per game) and Clemson ranked No. 4 (44.3 points per game), as both teams ascended to offensive juggernaut status.