The 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship was a bowl game that determined the national champion of NCAA Division I FBS college football for the 2015 season. It was played at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona on January 11, 2016, and was the culminating game of the 2015–16 bowl season.
The game was played between the winners of two pre-designated semifinal bowls played on December 31, 2015: the No. 1 Clemson Tigers, who beat the No. 4 Oklahoma Sooners 37-17 at the Orange Bowl, coached by Dabo Swinney in his 8th season with Clemson, and the No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide, who shut out the No. 3 Michigan State Spartans 38-0 at the Cotton Bowl Classic, coached by Nick Saban.
The 13-1 Alabama Crimson Tide won the game, beating the undefeated Clemson Tigers 45–40. Heisman Finalist quarterback Deshaun Watson had a historic performance, setting the record for most total yards in national championship game history, with 478 yards (405 passing / 73 rushing) against the nation's third-ranked defense in Alabama. Following the game, the AP Poll also named Alabama as its top team of the season, giving Alabama their fourth title in seven seasons.