The dynamic Gainesville, Ga. is still the main straw that stirs this Clemson team as he passed for 4,173 yards this season, along with 38 touchdowns and 17 interceptions while completing just over 67 percent of his throws.
He has also carried the ball 145 times for a total of 583 yards and eight scores. He navigates a Tiger attack that averages just under 40 points a game and just over 502 yards per contest.
Williams has been his main target as he has hauled in 90 passes for 1,267 yards and 10 touchdowns, while junior Artavis Scott has 73 receptions for 608 yards and five touchdowns.
Other dangerous targets include sophomore Ray Ray McCloud and senior tight end Jordan Leggett, as well as redshirt sophomore Hunter Renfrow, who had a big game against Alabama a year ago.
Redshirt junior Wayne Gallman has had another strong season to pace the Clemson running game as he has 214 carries for 1,087 yards and 16 touchdowns. He averages just over five yards per tote.
McCloud has 21 punt returns for 176 yards with a long return of 74 yards while Scott has 20 kickoff returns for 458 yards and a long return of 77 yards.
Defensively, Swinney's team is led by senior linebacker Ben Boulware with 121 tackles, while redshirt sophomore linebacker Kendall Joseph has added 115 and sophomore safety Van Smith 111. Redshirt senior defensive tackle Carlos Watkins leads the Tigers with 12.5 tackles for loss and 10.5 sacks while redshirt freshman defensive end Clelin Ferrell has 11.5 tackles for loss.
Senior safety Jadar Johnson leads the team with five interceptions senior cornerback Cordrea Tankersley has four.
Redshirt sophomore Greg Huegel has converted 14 of his 19 field goal attempts with a long make of 47 yards, while redshirt graduate Andy Teasdall has punted the ball 53 times for an average of 38 yards with a long kick of 67 yards.
For the Crimson Tide, it seems obvious that the best strategy for it to knock off the Tigers again and repeat as national champions is to keep the contest from evolving into a shootout while making the game as much of a low-scoring defensive struggle as possible.
The Alabama offense struggled mightily in its last game against Washington, has had a week to get used to the sudden coordinator switch from Lane Kiffin to Steve Sarkisian and may not have the firepower to match Clemson in a high-scoring tilt if Tide freshman quarterback Jalen Hurts continues his struggles through the air.
After setting an Alabama bowl record with 180 yards in the Chick Fil A Peach Bowl a week ago, sophomore tailback Bo Scarbrough may be called on for an even bigger workload against Clemson, and the same also may be true for fellow backs Damien Harris and Joshua Jacobs.
The Tide may need to simply keep it on the ground early and often in Monday's game as it is unlikely Hurts will have much time to throw against an aggressive overall Clemson stop unit and a particularly stout defensive line.
Dominating the time of possession battle offensively should also reduce the pressure greatly for Tide defenders such as Jonathan Allen, Tim Williams and the Alabama secondary.
Keeping Watson and his explosive supporting cast off the field period is priority number one for this Tide team.