Students and fans of Clemson University celebrate championship

Travis Etienne celebrates one of his second-quarter touchdowns with a sky-high Christian Wilkins at Levi's Stadium

Freshman quarterback Trevor Lawrence (upper right) threw for 347 yards and three touchdowns passes to Travis Etienne, Tee Higgins and Justyn Ross (left, making one of two one-handed catches on the night) to help undefeated Clemson win its third national title. Because of the culture, our fans and for many other reasons, Death Valley will always hold special memories for me.With all this being said, it was a tough decision, but I left it in God's hands.

The figures do not yet include ESPNEWS or streaming viewership.

Here's a look at our final grades for Clemson football both offensively and defensively Monday night in the National Championship. The two programs likely will begin next season as the top two teams in the rankings and each will bring in a top-10 recruiting class.

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The ratings and viewership topped out at 16.2 and 27.8 million in the first half when the Tigers extended their lead to 15 points.

Last season's Alabama overtime victory against Georgia drew a 16.7 overnight rating. "There was a lot of talk about best ever, all year long".

The College Football Playoff pivoted away from its original plan to play semifinal games on New Year's Eve, moving several sets of games off weeknights to Saturdays instead. "We were never in that conversation, but tonight there's no doubt".

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