Clemson Tigers-Alabama Crimson Tide: Why we love and hate it

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It’s gotten to the point where most fans either love or hate these two teams. The Clemson Tigers and Alabama Crimson Tide have won the last four consecutive national championships. Their dominance sparks strong feelings from many fans, and there’s good points on both sides. You can hate or love the Clemson Tigers. The same can be said for the Tide. You can also love or hate a rematch between these two. It’s probably happening again, but that doesn’t mean you have to like it.

Reasons to like the Clemson Tigers

Dabo Swinney. How can you not like Dabo? He’s one of the most charismatic coaches in the game, and he has that sweet personality that people gravitate towards. Clemson’s success is directly related to their head coach’s drive to make them one of the best in the country. Swinney brings in top recruiting classes every year now, and the Tigers are in a position to dominate the ACC and make the playoff yearly because of him.

The offense. There’s not much to hate here. Clemson’s offense is scary dangerous this year. Sophomore quarterback Trevor Lawrence returns as one of the best quarterbacks in the country, and he has Clemson Tigers fans thrilled about the future. There’s also running back Travis Etienne along with wide receivers Tee Higgins and Justyn Ross. Honestly, the biggest problem facing the Clemson Tigers offense is how to get all of these guys enough touches.

The get back coach.

Ok, so this isn’t unique to just the Clemson Tigers, but defensive coordinator Brent Venables is one of the first to have one. To ensure Venables focuses on producing an elite defense, he has someone paying attention to his position on the field. They say you need to stop worrying about things that won’t make you great, so why worry about where you’re standing? Just have a strength coach reign you back. As long as you’re okay with that.

Reasons to hate the Clemson Tigers

Boredom. Hate is a strong word, so boring might be better. Clemson’s success in terms of national championships has only been consistent as of late, but many don’t like it. The Clemson Tigers still hide it the Alabama shadow, but they’re starting to get their own distaste from fans.

No pay for players. Dabo Swinney’s comments about not paying the players certainly doesn’t look great. It’s hard to feel bad for a guy who’s making millions of dollars that doesn’t want players to be paid. That’s like a CEO saying he doesn’t want to pay his employees who make him wealthy. It simply doesn’t make sense.

Reasons to like the Alabama Crimson Tide

Winning. Need a bandwagon to jump on? Alabama’s is plenty full, but there’s always room for more. If you want a winning program, this is your team. Alabama must fend off the Clemson Tigers every year now, but they still find a way to make it to the biggest stage.

Talent. Nick Saban’s brought in top recruiting classes every year, and it’s paying off. This year, he’ll have his best offense ever, and combine that with a defense that’s elite as well. Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa must stay healthy for the offense to thrive again, but he returns after throwing 43 touchdown passes last season. His receivers are loaded as well, just like the Clemson Tigers, making another showdown inevitable.

Reasons to hate the Alabama Crimson Tide

Boredom. Just like the Clemson Tigers, Alabama wins a lot. For those who are fans of any other team, that gets old. The saying goes, “if you don’t like it, beat them.” That’s easier said than done. It’s tough to hate a team that’s just good, but I’m sure SEC fans are sick of the Tide winning.

Underclassmen leaving. With success comes challenges. Like players leaving for the NFL early. Nick Saban’s not a fan. That’s what we call burning bridges. It may not necessarily be a reason to hate the Tide, but it’s not going to win over any fans either. All hate surrounding this program can be attributed to the Tide winning too much.

Reasons to like Clemson vs. Alabama Part 5

For those elitists out there, this is what you want. The two best teams competing against each other for the top prize. Two of the best coaches with elite coaching staffs competing against each other on the biggest stage. Lawrence vs. Tagovailoa. Clemson’s wide receivers against the Saban’s defensive backs. Alabama’s wide receiver speed against an experienced Clemson secondary. There’s a lot to like, and plenty of storylines to follow. That’s tough to beat.

Reasons to hate Clemson vs. Alabama Part 5

It gets old after a while. The same two teams playing every year gets boring. That’s just how were wired as human beings. We need a change once in a while. I guarantee you that UCF’s run the last two years was more polarizing than either Clemson or Alabama’s runs were in the same time span. People want to see something different, and that’s not a bad thing. Even elitists want to watch something unique for a change. That’s more than okay. Clemson versus Alabama is one of the great rivalries in college football, but it’s okay if we take a break from it.

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