FBS National Championship - Top 12 Roster Facts

January 11, 2016 by SbS Football Staff | with 0 comments

The FBS National Championship game will take place in Glendale, Arizona tonight, and this year’s matchup features two teams with very different “big game” histories.

Clemson has been ranked #1 in the College Football Playoff rankings since they were first released in late November, but the Tigers are a touchdown underdog to an Alabama team that has won eleven consecutive after suffering an early season loss to Ole Miss.

Both teams may hail from the southeastern part of the United States, but their championship experience is worlds apart.

Alabama will be playing for its 16th National Championship and its 4th since Nick Saban took over in 2007.

Meanwhile, Clemson will be playing for only its 2nd title in school history, with its first Championship coming in 1981.

Below we provide our Top 12 roster facts (in no particular order) of where the players in the 2015 FBS National Championship game are from.

Top 12 Roster Facts

1. Approximately half of the Clemson roster is from the state of South Carolina, while only one-third of the Alabama roster is from the state of Alabama.

2. There are 2 players on the Crimson Tide roster from the state of South Carolina, and there is 1 player on the Tigers roster from the state of Alabama.

3. There are only 2 players on the Clemson roster from states west of the Mississippi River (Arkansas and Hawaii), while Alabama has 32 players on its roster from west of the Mississippi River.

Alabama has players from 26 different states on its roster, and Clemson has players from 14 different states (and Italy) on its roster.

5. There is only 1 player on either team who is from the state of Arizona; Crimson Tide Defensive Back Levi Wallace is from Tucson, Arizona.

6. Although Clemson has 15 players from the state of Florida and Alabama only has 7, both teams currently have 3 starters from the Sunshine State, including this year’s Heisman winner Derrick Henry who is from who is from Yulee, Florida (Jacksonville area).

7. Alabama has at least 1 player from every state that is home to a SEC team, and Clemson has at least 1 player from every state, other than Kentucky and Pennsylvania, that is home to an ACC team.

8. Both teams currently have 4 starters from the state of Georgia, including Clemson’s star Quarterback Deshaun Watson who is from Gainesville, Georgia (85 miles southwest of Clemson).

9. The Crimson Tide have 6 current starters who are from a state not home to an SEC team (California, Iowa, Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia)

10. The Tigers have only 2 current starters who are from a state not home to an ACC team (Alabama and Tennessee).

11. The Crimson Tide have 7 starters from the state of Alabama, including starting QB Jake Coker who is from Mobile, Alabama.

12. Clemson’s second leading tackler, Safety T.J. Green, is from Sylacauga, Alabama, which is approximately 80 miles directly east of Tuscaloosa.

Sources: full rosters per official team websites (as of January 3, 2016) and starters based on participation reports from Semi-final games.