They worked for it. Alabama won its fourth College Football Playoff National Championship in seven years and 16th overall, edging No. 1 Clemson 45-40. The combined 85 points are the most ever in a college title game, and each of the Crimson Tide’s last three championships has come at the expense of that year’s top-ranked team. Coach Nick Saban now has five national titles — just one behind all-time leader Paul “Bear” Bryant — and with a number of returning players, odds are he’s already eyeing number six.