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Despite opening as nearly ​7-point favorites over No. 2 Clemson in the 2019 College Football Playoff National Championship, No. 1 Alabama lost by 28 points at the hands of Trevor Lawrence and the Tigers.


However, the most peculiar part of Monday night's shocking beatdown may not have been the fact that it was Nick Saban's worst loss as Alabama head coach nor that it was Alabama's worst loss as a program in more than 20 years.


Instead, it was continuing the curse of the No. 1 overall seed and its flawless track record of keeping the top team off the championship podium in the CFP. 

With Alabama's 44-16 loss in last night's title game, the No. 1 seed has now failed to win the CFP National Championship for the fifth of five seasons since the playoff was implemented in 2014-15.


In fact, the No. 1 seed hasn't fared well overall either, with a sub-.500 record across the first five College Football Playoffs. Based on the first five seasons, it would appear luck is on your side if you draw the No. 2 seed, rather than any other one heading into the playoff.


College Football Playoff Titles & Record by Seed:

SeedTitlesCFP Record
No. 237-2
No. 424-3
No. 103-5
No. 301-5


Even more specific to Alabama and Clemson's recent history of meetings in the CFP, the lower-ranked team has come out on top of each of their four postseason matchups.  


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