Tonight’s National Championship game between Clemson and Alabama is a game of two programs who are intimately familiar with one another. The matchup marks the fourth straight College Football Playoff game between the two schools and the third in a row played for the National Championship. Simply, these two teams have been the two best programs the last five years in college football, and they’ll met again tonight to determine who’s the best.
But that’s not all these two teams have in common. A total of nine players from both teams competed in The Great American Rivalry Series as high schoolers, which is no shock to us. The Great American Rivalry Series features the best of high school football, and these players now represent the best at the next level. From Alabama: Bryce Musso, Phidarian Mathis, Richie Petitbon, Xavier McKinney, and Slade Bolden all played for Rivalry Series teams. And from Clemson: LeAnthony Williams, Jon Boyd, Tre Lamar, and Diondre Overton each competed in the Series as high school athletes.
No matter who comes out on top tonight, it should be another exciting matchup in what is quickly becoming the preeminent rivalry in college football. As fans of all things rivalry, we can’t wait.