Clemson, Alabama prepare for national showdown

Published: Jan. 11, 2016 at 10:16 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 11, 2016 at 10:30 PM EST
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GLENDALE, AZ - The Clemson Tigers are hours away from kickoff against Alabama's Crimson Tide in the National Championship game.

While Clemson is hoping to bring home their second national championship, the Tigers are also hoping to become the first team in college football history to go 15-0.

When Clemson's captains go out to midfield before the game for the coin flip, there will be a Lowcountry native among them. Porter Gaud alum Stanton Seckinger will be serving as one of the captains for the contest.

It's a big honor for the tight end, who was voted as a captain by his teammates after he missed a lot of the last two seasons with injuries.

"It's extremely special, obviously the guys on the team vote in the captains," Seckinger said. "For them to think that highly of me is really special and something that I take very seriously and I take it as a high honor and a high compliment."

When Stanton and the other captains head out there, he will be doing it for a Clemson team that, despite being the undefeated number one team in the country, is a 6.5 point underdog.

Kickoff is 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.

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