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ESPN: Best of the NCAA Champions

The Clemson Tigers won the national championship with a heroic fourth-quarter comeback led by Deshaun Watson over the Alabama Crimson Tide. That win and the Tigers' 31-0 victory over Ohio State in the College Football Playoff semifinals each ranked among the top four single-game opponent-adjusted efficiency performances of the season according to our data, as impressive as any pair of victories any team has had to conclude a title run.

Over the course of the season, Clemson had six other games ranked among the 90th percentile in opponent-adjusted efficiency. That's very good, but five other recent national champions had even more such elite performances. Here's our countdown of the five best national champions of the past decade, ranked by frequency of elite single-game performances in the given season.


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