It was anything but a close game as the Tigers ran out comfortable 44-16 winners in what was their fourth meeting in recent years to be crowned the national champions for the second time in three years.
For a while, catching Alabama has felt hopeless.
The national championship was Clemson's second in three years, proving that Dabo's Tigers have the staying power beyond generational QB Deshaun Watson. On Monday, the Tigers became the first college football team to win 15 games in a season since the 19th century.
One Alabama radio station got a little ahead of itself late Monday night.
Clemson returns quarterback Trevor Lawrence, running back Travis Ettiene and receivesr Justyn Ross and Tee Higgins among others.
Overall, the New Year's Six games, including the Cotton and Orange bowl semifinals, averaged a 9.0 overnight rating, which is up 8 percent from the second year of the playoff when the semifinals were held in the Cotton and Orange bowls on New Year's Eve.
The good news and bad news about Clemson's blowout of Alabama.
With Clemson and Alabama the obvious favorites in 2019, which teams have the best shot at dethroning the Tide and Tigers to summit the college football mountain?
Coach Nick Saban has led Alabama to five championships since he took over the program before 2007.
Their most recent meeting came in last year's playoff semi-final, which was a one-sided 24-6 victory for the Crimson Tide.