National Championship 2017: Clemson vs Alabama

1/19/2017 Matt Chambers 7 Comments

As a kid, I vividly remember seeing a Clemson 1981 National Championship poster in my friend's room.  I remember seeing that poster and being blow away that Clemson had previously won a national championship.  I've pondered over time if Clemson would ever win a National Championship in my lifetime; 1981 was a few years before I was born.  I always said that if somehow Clemson ever made it to the National Championship I would attend the game, and I was lucky enough to go to both of them and ultimately see the big win this year.  As an alum and employee of Clemson University, Clemson has always been a huge part of my life, so that whole experience is something I will remember forever.

To commemorate this event, I wanted to create a visualization of the entire game that would work well as a poster.  I plan on having this printed out for my son's room at some point.  I wanted to make it interactive so that you can hover over any play and see the details.  I also wanted to create something that would allow you to see the actual play in the game, so I was able to link game footage to all of the data in the visualization.

Hover over any play to see details; Click on any play to see the actual play in the game.

Click for the full interactive version


  1. This is awesome! Thanks for this.

  2. As both a Clemson alumni (who was at the game with my 10 year old son) and a Tableau newbie, this just rocks! Props to you for a job well done!

    1. Thanks, glad you like it! What a game to be at! It's something I wondered if I'd ever see in my lifetime.

  3. Thanks for sharing this information with us.

  4. Brilliant. Can we please at the Mace & Crown (ODU's campus newspaper) use this for the superbowl game's data visualization for this week's edition? (With appropriate credits to you, of course). Thank you.