Bleacher Report's Expert Picks for National Championship Game

Bleacher Report College Football StaffFeatured ColumnistJanuary 7, 2016

A  College Football Playoff National Championship Trophy is seen on the field before the Cotton Bowl NCAA college football semifinal playoff game between Alabama and Michigan State, Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
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Bleacher Report's lead writers have dissected College Football Playoff national championship game between the No. 1 Clemson Tigers and No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide in every way possible. Now they go on record with their picks.

Below are the selections for the game's winner, offensive MVP and defensive MVP as made by Michael Felder, Barrett Sallee, Adam Kramer, Ben Kercheval and Greg Couch. Each lead writer also gave his bold prediction for the game.


The vote is split, 3-2, in favor of Alabama, which would give head coach Nick Saban his fourth national championship with the Crimson Tide. However, Felder and Couch believe Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney will get his first national championship with a defining win over the Tide. 

According to, Alabama is a seven-point favorite over the Tigers after opening up as a 5.5-point favorite.

The individual honors were also split. Heisman winner Derrick Henry, Alabama's star running back, received a pair of MVP votes while Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson received two more. On defense, Tide defensive lineman A'Shawn Robinson received two MVP votes.

Our lead writers have made their opinions known. Now it's your turn. How do our expert picks align with your thoughts on the national championship game? Make your voice heard in the comments section below. 

The game can be viewed Monday, January 11 at 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.