The Times’ college football experts make their pick for the national championship: It’s ‘Roll Tide,’ again

Alabama’s Mack Wilson scores a touchdown on an interception as Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant tries to stop him during the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1, 2018.
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It’s the final game of the season, the last chance for The Times’ college football “experts” to show how good they are at picking winners. For the season, no one did it better than deputy sports editor Mike Hiserman, who will hold off national college football writer David Wharton by one game. We could mention that sports editor Angel Rodriguez, a Texas graduate, came in last, but he could always let Bevo, the Longhorns mascot, loose on us. So here are our picks for the third title-game matchup in four seasons between Alabama and Clemson:

Ben Bolch: Clemson 38-24

Mike Hiserman: Alabama 31-26

J. Brady McCollough: Alabama 31-24

Blake Richardson: Alabama 37-27

Angel Rodriguez: Alabama 32-17

David Wharton: Alabama 38-35

Expert: last week; season

Bolch: 12-7; 110-68

Hiserman: 11-8; 124-54

McCollough: 12-7; 117-61

Richardson: 10-9; 111-67

Rodriguez: 9-10; 105-73

Wharton: 10-9; 123-55