GLENDALE – Hours before the kickoff of the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship game, Clemson fans, with their orange and purple school colors flying proudly, had taken over at least one parking lot at University of Phoenix Stadium.
Ask any coaches and they’ll likely say the same thing – winning championships, regardless of how many games you play, is hard. Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney pointed to one of his associate head coaches as an example.
Monday's College Football Playoff National Championship game features Alabama's top-rated rushing defense and a Clemson front that ranks fifth in the nation in tackles for loss. Despite the gaudy numbers, both teams' offensive lines believe they're prepared for the challenge ahead thanks to the experience they have facing their talented teammates in practice.
The College Football Playoff National Championship Game on Jan. 11 is the next in a line of major sports events coming to the Phoenix area that has the potential to have both short- and long-term effects for the state financially.
Phoenix has had a little over 300 days to relax since Super Bowl XLIX packed up and left town in early February. But in January, a similar pigskin spectacle will return to Phoenix when the College Football Playoff National Championship Game turns downtown into a college football wonderland.
GLENDALE — In the middle of a three-year run that includes the Super Bowl, Pro Bowl, College Football Playoff National Championship and the NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four, the Greater Phoenix area has established itself as a major player in the battle to host the biggest national and international sporting events.