Has college football’s coaching torch officially been passed following Clemson’s emphatic 44-16 win over Alabama in the national championship game?
Nick Saban’s worst loss in 12 seasons with the Crimson Tide came in dominant fashion against an elite team with razor-sharp focus, intent on avenging last season’s semifinal loss to Alabama.
Clemson made play after play in Santa Clara and even had enough time for a curtain call late for a senior class that’ll leave the program with 55 total wins and two titles.
And now, Dabo Swinney’s Tigers have overtaken the throne as the nation’s likely frontrunner to repeat in 2019, led by elite quarterback Trevor Lawrence, who finished off a brilliant true freshman season with 347 yards and three touchdowns against Alabama.
Based on bowl season results, here’s a look at how we expect Tuesday’s final Associated Press Top 25 to look after another exciting season in college football: