It took us 131 days to get here, but it's time. The season kicked off Sept. 3 with a fresh start for some, like Michigan, and national title hopes for others, like TCU. But it's almost over now. Through crazy kickoff returns and fumble return touchdowns, we have made it to Glendale, Arizona. And the two teams that were No. 1 and No. 2 starting in Week 11 are ready to do battle when Clemson takes on Alabama for the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship on Monday night.
These two teams are extremely similar in structure. Both rely on powerful front sevens on defense and both want to establish a strong running game early. Alabama's second Heisman Trophy running back, Derrick Henry, will carry the load for the Tide, as he has all season. Surprisingly, Clemson has a better overall rushing attack, ranking No. 16 with 228.6 yards per game behind both quarterback Deshaun Watson and running back Wayne Gallman.
Not to be outdone, both teams rank inside the top 6 in total defense for the year, with Alabama allowing 256.8 yards per game (No. 2) and Clemson giving up just 301.6 (No. 6).
How to Watch
ESPN will once again be rolling out its Megacast for Monday's title game with 14 different ways to watch the championship. With the game kicking off at 8:30 p.m. ET, you will be able to watch the game on every ESPN outlet.
ESPN -- Standard broadcast (Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Heather Cox)
ESPN Radio -- Standard broadcast (Mike Tirico, Todd Blackledge, Holly Rowe)
ESPN2 -- Film Room (Larry Fedora, Jim McElwain, Will Muschamp, etc.)
ESPNEWS -- ESPN Voices (Michelle Beadle, Jay Bilas, Marcellus Wiley, etc.)
ESPNU -- Homer Telecast (Joe Tessitore, Tajh Boyd, Barrett Jones)
SEC Network -- Finebaum Film Room (SEC-centric show)
ESPN Classic / ESPN3.com -- Sounds of the Game (no commentators)
ESPN Goal Line -- Command Center (split screen with live game, replays)
ESPN Deportes -- Spanish-Language Telecast
Online viewers will also get a wide variety of options to choose from including: mock replay booth, pylon cam, hometown radio, data center, spider cam and a student section. All of these will be available on WatchESPN.
You can also listen to each team's radio call by checking for their radio frequency in either the Alabama or Clemson areas. If you are on the go, you can always follow along with all the action on the CBS Sports App with our gametracker for Monday's CFP National Championship.