A fantastic finish for Alabama — PROCESSING GEORGIA

Donald Trump on field for the national anthem prior to the college football national championship game

Donald Trump on field for the national anthem prior to the college football national championship game

The U is back in the national spotlight and they return most of their starters next season.

The decision to replace Hurts with Tagovailoa proved why Saban is the considered the greatest coach of the modern era.

Jake Fromm won over his coach yet again even after he couldn't win Georgia's biggest game in almost four decades.

With his sixth national title, Saban ties Paul "Bear" Bryant's record for most NCAA football national championships by a coach.

Tagovailoa was named offensive player of the game, making plays running and passing. So, you know, thank God for that, and I'd just like to thank my teammates and coach Saban for giving me the opportunity. But would they really let a three-loss, at-large team in the playoff?

Senior outside linebacker Davin Bellamy says that the program is definitely in a better position than it was in the previous seasons.

Alabama's newfound spark was briefly extinguished.

It was a true freshman from Hawaii that became a Crimson Tide legend.

As good as the Alabama-Georgia game was, it's debatable whether it was more exciting than the New Year's Day national semifinal when Georgia rallied for a 54-48 overtime win over Oklahoma at the Rose Bowl.

He finished 14 for 24 for 166 yards. Against Tennessee, for instance, he gave up a pick six for the Vols' only score.

Saban endured a change of heart during halftime, electing to bench Hurts for freshman quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. Was he aiming for Ridley?

"I was going to the bathroom on the sideline (in a porta potty)", Fitzpatrick told ESPN Radio's "Golic and Wingo".

Admittedly, the above claim could be challenged by other schools, Pittsburgh would be one example.

On the other hand, Ohio State lost to Iowa, which went 4-5 in the Big Ten by 31 points. More than 28 million viewers watched the Crimson Tide beat the Georgia Bulldogs in overtime Monday night.

There seemed to be evidence, when Alabama's Andy Pappanastos badly hooked a 36-yard field goal as time expired, sending the game to overtime. One possible concern: "Saban will be working with his third different defensive coordinator in four seasons". Rodrigo Blankenship stepped up and cooly hit a 51-yard field goal anyway for the 23-20 Georgia lead. He responded with a 41-yard touchdown pass to fellow freshman DeVonta Smith to touch off the latest confetti-dripping celebration for Alabama a year after absorbing a last-second loss to Clemson in the championship game.

This stunning finish, particularly how it unfolded, ends any discussion about Saban's place in the college football coaching pantheon. That roster ranking didn't seem to bother Harris much on the grandest of stages.

Alabama running back Bo Scarbrough said he did not yell "F-k Trump" while walking through the tunnel before the game. "We want to keep it that way".

"'Ball. Play your game".

Alabama's offense took the field and immediately fell into a huge hole. "But the national champions should start the next season where they ended this one". He has the 'it' factor. "I'm so happy for him". The quarterback situation has to be sorted out, but the Wolverines have a few capable candidates. Because of that, he could feel nothing but happiness when the confetti flew down after the touchdown. "To the Polynesian community, I hope and pray that this is only the beginning", Mariota said as he accepted the award that night.

As soon as Tagovailoa was inserted and started to have success, it became apparent that everything Georgia did to build up that first half lead would prove futile in the end.

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