Kirk Herbstreit Issues Early Thoughts On The National Title Game

first_imgespn's kirk herbstreit catches a pass on the field. He recently discussed the upcoming Alabama vs. LSU game.STATE COLLEGE, PA – SEPTEMBER 29: Kirk Herbstreit plays catch before the game between the Penn State Nittany Lions and the Ohio State Buckeyes on September 29, 2018 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)For the fourth straight year, Alabama and Clemson are slated to face off in the College Football Playoff. Unlike last year, this one will be for all the marbles: The national title game.The quarterback matchup between Alabama and Clemson will be very different from the last two times they’ve faced off.Whereas last year the game pitted Alabama’s Jalen Hurts against Clemson’s Kelly Bryant, this year will pit Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa against Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence.ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit gave his initial thoughts this morning on the national title game matchup and how the various new faces for the game will respond to the pressure.“I don’t think the big stage is going to make (Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence) up tight or nervous,” Herbstreit said. “He plays with unprecedented poise. The big thing will be the way Tosh Lupoi and Nick Saban create ways to disguise pressures. They do a very good job of showing one thing pre-snap and then going to another. If there’s one area you’ll see Dabo Swinney and his offensive staff come up with a plan, it’ll be to make sure those late blitzes don’t affect him.”Herbstreit made it clear that avoiding turnovers would be key for Clemson.“You’ve got to be able to avoid costing yourself the game by turning over the football. Trevor Lawrence was inserted for Alabama. I think (Clemson) was envisioning going up against this Alabama team with Trevor Lawrence’s ability to stretch the field. This is the matchup we’ve been waiting for and we’re excited about it.”Turnovers shouldn’t be a huge issue for Trevor Lawrence though. He has only four interceptions in 14 games this season.Alabama and Clemson are set to meet on Monday night at 8 p.m. E.T.last_img read more