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In modern day college football (especially during the College Football Playoff (CFP) era), Alabama and teams within the Southeastern Conference (SEC) have generally been touted as powerhouses (Alabama has won five national championships since 2009). In fact, the SEC has 6 out of the top 10 recruiting classes for 2019.

Clemson is part of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and have won two national championships during the CFP era (2017, 2019) in which both wins were against Alabama.

After Clemson's dominant 44-16 win against Alabama to win the 2019 National Championship, What has made Clemson, Clemson? Assuming coaching is equal (as Dabo Swinney and Nick Saban are generally seen as exceptional coaches), are there other areas Clemson's program has improved in to narrow the gap compared to a program like Alabama's (eg, recruiting, facilities, etc.)?

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