When it comes to officiating a National Championship Game you hope to see the best officials on the field for it. It seems that very early in the game the refs already missed a crucial targeting call. Clemson had run a trick play where quarterback Deshaun Watson threw a shovel pass and then promptly got his head almost taken off:
That looks like a pretty clear targeting call, but it was only flagged for “roughing the passer” and it would have been against Reuben Foster, easily one of Alabama’s best defenders. Alabama scored on its next drive to go up 7-0 in the first quarter.
And on Clemson’s next possession, there seemed to be another missed targeting call on receiver Mike Williams: