Little Big Town, Dierks Bentley Win It for Clemson

Lee Brice: “I Can't Cry Any Harder”

Did country music have something to do with Clemson University reclaiming the national championship title after 35 years? Were Little Big Town, Dierks Bentley and Lee Brice somehow all the unofficial good-luck charms for the football underdog?

Let’s look at the role they all played in Monday night’s (Jan. 9) College Football Playoff National Championship at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.

Little Big Town performed the “Star-Spangled Banner” national anthem right before the game started, and it was perfect.

They tweeted throughout the day and night about how happy they were to be there …

And how honored they were to be get some praise from another famous entertainer.

Before that, Bentley was in the stadium parking lot performing a concert at the massive and obviously rowdy tailgating party before the kickoff.

By the very end of the night, Clemson won the national title game with only one second left, beating then University of Alabama Crimson Tide 35-31.

And Brice, a former Clemson football player himself, was in Tampa a day early playing at a Legends of Clemson party. And after the win, his tweet said it all.

And like Brice, I was crying, too. In fact, I’ve been cheering so hard for Clemson and waving my paw print flag for the past four years that people always ask me about my ties to the South Carolina school.

Did I go there? No. In fact I went to a college without a football team.

Do I have a kid on the team? Nope. But I do have a daughter who’s been at Clemson the whole time that star quarterback Deshaun Watson has been there, and she was one of the nearly 75,000 fans at the game.

Was I at the game? No, but I dressed in orange and purple like I was, and I was one step away from painting my face.

Do I know someone who played football for Clemson? Just Brice.

Do I know a lot about football? No, but almost everything I do know I learned from Kenny Chesney’s “Boys of Fall.”

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.