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Kareem Jackson: Why Alabama will beat Clemson

Kareem Jackson played at the University of Alabama.

And, if it is up to him, he plans on painting the entire Texans locker room crimson after tonight's National Championship game, starting with teammate DeAndre Hopkins.

"I'm going to have 'Bama shirts for him (DeAndre Hopkins), everybody," Jackson commented.

Hopkins and Jackson's alma maters, Clemson and Alabama, square off tonight in the College Football Playoff Championship at 7:30 pm CT on ESPN in Glendale, Arizona. Either Hopkins former coach Dabo Swinney or Jackson's head man Nick Saban will hoist the crystal ball, and the two players have both weighed in on what they think will happen.

Jackson spent three years in Tuscaloosa playing for Alabama, and remains one of the more decorated defenders in Crimson Tide history. He played in 41 career games, starting 40, while registering 159 tackles. Jackson deflected 29 passes in his college career, which is fourth on Alabama's all-time list. He also snagged five interceptions.

Hopkins feels like Clemson will win big against the Tide, and as you can imagine, when Jackson heard this, he didn't agree.

"Awww, no way. No way. There's no way they are going to beat us by 14. They are not going to win," Jackson retorted.

Jackson went on to break down the matchup, and feels good about Alabama's momentum going into tonight's game. He predicted it could get ugly in Glendale.

"I think we'll contain their quarterback," Jackson said. "We might blow them out, to be honest. We are playing really good right now. We are playing good defense, offense making some big plays."

He also expects the Alabama running game to have success.. "We got the deuce (Derrick Henry) that's going to get loose."

If the Crimson Tide do capture a National Championship, it will be Alabama shirts for everyone in the Texans locker room.

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