Monday night, Alabama and Clemson will take the field at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., to decide the championship (8 p.m. ET on ESPN). Which is unique.
While Colorado and Notre Dame met in the Orange Bowl in 1989 and 1990 with national title implications in both matchups, college football has never featured two games with the same teams facing each other in consecutive years for such stakes (college football has only had a formal national championship game since the BCS was formed in 1998).
Of course, title rematches like Monday's might be new to CFB, but there have been plenty in other sports. Let's reminisce about some of the greatest.
Golden State Warriors-Cleveland Cavaliers, 2015-16
Last June, LeBron James cemented his legacy with The Block, aided by The Shot from Kyrie Irving and The Stop from Kevin Love on Steph Curry. Those three mammoth moments all happened within a few minutes of each other, and it provided the culmination of LeBron's career, a chase for the franchise's first ever title. It also cast into doubt the possibility of an historic Golden State dynasty after the Warriors demolished an injury-plagued Cavs team in 2015. The Dubs spent their offseason acquiring a fourth top 10 player in the league in Kevin Durant, and this season is most likely headed for a third consecutive Cavs-Warriors summer showdown.
Miami Heat-San Antonio Spurs, 2013-14
The Heat's Game 6 win of the seven-game series in 2013 is one of the greatest games in NBA history, and no moment was bigger than Ray Allen's game-tying three in the final seconds of regulation. The Heat staved off elimination and won Game 7 in San Antonio, but the next year, a re-energized Spurs team with an emerging superstar in Kawhi Leonard dominated the Heat and broke up their Super Team. LeBron left to go back home to Cleveland that summer and form a new, younger power trio alongside Irving and Love.
New England Patriots-New York Giants, 2008, '12
I like to imagine Mercury Morris and a few of the other 1972 Dolphins wake up and blow a kiss to a framed 2007-08 Giants shirt hanging in their bedrooms. Eli Manning and the Giants almost ended the Pats' perfect season in Week 17, but grabbed a Wild Card spot after going 10-6. A three-game run of road wins over Tampa Bay, Dallas and Green Bay landed them in the Super Bowl as 12-point underdogs against the 19-0 Belichick and Brady-led Pats. One helmet catch later and New England's dream of a perfect season was dead. Four years later, the principal characters remained and Manning put together a game-winning, nine-play, 88-yard drive to go ahead with just 57 seconds left and win his second ring. New York is 2-0 against Brady and Belichick in the Super Bowl. The rest of the NFL is 0-4. Could we be headed for Part III of this saga in a few weeks?
Roger Federer-Rafael Nadal, 2006-08
From 2006-08, Federer and Nadal met in every Wimbledon and French Open final. Nadal ruled the clay and won three of his three of his nine French Open titles. Nadal lost the first two Wimbledon finals against Federer but in 2008, knocked off the Swiss great in one of the greatest matches in tennis history. A year later, Nadal completed his career grand slam with an Australian Open trophy.
Chicago Bulls-Utah Jazz, 1997-98
Michael Jordan provided the lasting memory in both of these back-to-back Finals. In 1997, it was The Flu Game, scoring 38 points to give the Bulls a 3-2 lead and an eventual title. The series was also played amid some controversy when Karl Malone won MVP ahead of Jordan. A year later, Jordan hit his final shot as a Bull and helped produced one of the best sports photos ever. (Oh, and gave Chicago a third consecutive title and second in two seasons over the Jazz.) MJ rode off into the sunset and the Bulls' dynasty disintegrated after the season with six titles in eight seasons from 1991-98.
Mike Tyson-Evander Holyfield, 1996-97
The first fight's tagline was fitting: "Finally." Both fighters were on the wrong side of their career's apex, but Tyson still held the heavyweight belt heading into a fight that was almost a decade in the making. Holyfield sprung a shocking upset in '96, becoming the first fighter since Muhammad Ali to win the heavyweight belt three times. The rematch, though, was something else. The match ended in Round 3 when a frustrated Tyson -- complaining of Holyfield's headbutting -- lost control and literally bit a chunk out of Holyfield's ear. With Holyfield jumping around in pain trying to figure out what just happened as blood dripped down his chest, Tyson managed to shove him when Holyfield's back was turned before the fight was called. Even today, the fight itself and aftermath is one of the most surreal sights in sports history.
Dallas Cowboys-Buffalo Bills, 1993-94
The Bills stole the headlines in their '94 rematch by losing their fourth consecutive Super Bowl, but the Cowboys sealed their last run as a dynasty with two Super Bowl wins on the backs of the timeless triplets Troy Aikman, Michael Irvin and Emmitt Smith. Neither game was close or particularly memorable, but it's still the only time in NFL history the same two teams have met in consecutive Super Bowls.
L.A. Lakers-Detroit Pistons, 1988-89
Showtime vs. The Bad Boys was one of the best rivalries in NBA history, with two contrasting styles, one team America embraced and another it loved to loathe. The style and scoring of Pat Riley's Lakers, led by Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, won the title in seven games in '88 but the Bad Boys hit back a year later. Its hard-nosed defensive style featuring fouls from Bill Laimbeer, Rick Mahorn and Dennis Rodman that would earn suspensions in today's game led to a sweep. The Pistons added another title the next year by beating Portland in five games.
New York Islanders-Edmonton Oilers, 1983-84
The Islanders swept Edmonton and Wayne Gretzky in '83 in The Great One's first Stanley Cup Final. A year later, the Oilers dished out some of their own dominance, winning the Cup in five games and winning the final three games by a 13- goal margin.
New York Yankees-L.A. Dodgers, 1977-78
Reggie Jackson clinched the 1977 Series with three home runs in Game 6 and, thus, Mr. October was born. The Yanks repeated in 1978 with another win in six games, clinching the series with a 7-2 win in Los Angeles.
Muhammad Ali-Joe Frazier, 1971-75
Two of the greatest boxers ever were a combined 57-0 entering the Fight of the Century in 1971 with the heavyweight belt on the line at Madison Square Garden. It was the first time ever two undefeated boxers met to decide the heavyweight title and Frazier emerged victorious via a unanimous decision after 15 rounds. They met again in 1974 with no belts on the line, but Ali won via unanimous decision, setting up a de facto rubber match in the Thrilla in Manila. Both fighters had lost twice by then, but once again, the heavyweight belt was at stake. They waged one of the best bouts in boxing history, but Ali won with a TKO after 14 rounds.
Boston Celtics-L.A. Lakers, 1962-69, 1984-85, '87, '08, '10
When you're two of the proudest programs in the NBA, you're bound to clash … a lot. The Celtics and Lakers have met in the finals 12 times, including six times from 62-69, three times from 84-87 and in 2008 and 2010. The Celtics won the first eight meetings before the Showtime Lakers won in 1985 and 1987 and the two teams split titles in 2008 and 2010 when Kobe Bryant took on Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce.
Cincinnati-Ohio State, 1961-62
The Bearcats won consecutive titles in the only title game rematch in Final Four history. Two names you might recognize from the losing Ohio State squads: John Havlicek and Bob Knight.
New York Yankees-Brooklyn Dodgers, 1952-53, 55-56
The four Subway Series were the last in New York until the Mets and Yankees met in 2000. Their four meetings -- the Yankees won three -- had plenty of timeless moments. Jackie Robinson famously stole home in Game 1 of the '55 series to help Brooklyn earn its only win. Don Larsen pitched a perfect game in Game 5 of the '56 series in what is still the only perfect game in World Series history. Yogi Berra famously leaped into Larsen's arms after the win, which helped the Yankees take a 3-2 series lead after falling behind 2-0. They eventually won in seven.