Deandre Hopkins' prediction on Clemson-Alabama

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Former Clemson wide receiver Deandre "Nuk" Hopkins will be a very interested observer for next Monday's National Championship game featuring his former school Clemson and Alabama.

Hopkins played at nearby Daniel high school where he grew up watching Clemson games and his cousin redshirt sophomore D.J. Greenlee is a tight end for Clemson as well as his uncle Larry Greenlee who is a long-time assistant strength and conditioning coach for the Tigers.

Hopkins predicts that Clemson will win and that Heisman finalist Deshaun Watson will be the key difference maker in the game against Alabama.

"Clemson by 14," Hopkins said via ESPN. "We have a high-powered offense. I don’t think they’ve seen that since Johnny Manziel. I don’t think they’ve seen a quarterback like Deshaun Watson since Johnny Manziel and Cam Newton."

Hopkins knew that Clemson football players had high expectations this year with such a talented team.

"It was kind of national championship or bust just from talking to people there," Hopkins said. "I got some family that still part of the team. Just their mindset coming in this season was championship or bust; that’s the way they’re playing."

Hopkins had 3,020 yards and 27 touchdowns in three years while at Clemson.

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