How this Alabama game-time gamble paid off

Tua Tagovailoa came out of nowhere to lift Alabama to a national championship

Tua Tagovailoa came out of nowhere to lift Alabama to a national championship

Thomas, who attended Alabama, tweeted during most of the game, and it was terrific. When faced with tough times, quarterbacks from both teams displayed extraordinary grace and humility.

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The decision to replace Hurts with Tagovailoa proved why Saban is the considered the greatest coach of the modern era. With five titles in a nine-year span at Alabama, plus another crown won at LSU, he's now the G.O.A.T. and the Bear is No. 2. In 2014, Ohio State defeated Alabama and Oregon en route to the title.

But until the games begin again, here is what's on deck for this football team.

Get daily prep sports headlines from the Gwinnett Daily Post staff delivered to your email. Georgia, however, took advantage of the 2018's early signing period, grabbing six five-star recruits. "I think that's been a huge help for me in definitely adjusting to the college football level".

This is the fifth national title for Saban as head coach of the Crimson Tide and sixth overall. "He's very well-liked by his teammates, and he's got a very positive, upbeat attitude that affects other people around him in a very positive way". "And he sure let the world know".

A "Hurts So Good" hashtag was born following his confident freshman season, and though he would position the squad back in the playoff picture, Saban felt that he needed a little more to stave off Kirby Smart. On their 20 three plays later, Bulldogs quarterback Jake Fromm launched a beautiful, arching pass that Mecole Hardman run under without breaking stride for a dramatic, 80-yard touchdown to go up 20-7 and dramatically answer Alabama's score. I played a lot of great teams in high school and played a lot against good guys.

UCF went so far as to declare itself national champion after defeating Auburn in the Peach Bowl. And to even mention them in the same breath tells you what I think of them.

On the next possession, Tagovailoa looked like Fromm would have no trouble earning that distinction.

Thomas didn't reveal specifics about the call, but hopefully he told Saban "thank you", too - the Tide victory won his bet with Georgia alum Kevin Kisner. He's still yet to be beaten by a former assistant after that catch. Fromm handed the ball off to D'Andre Swift, who gained four yards before being tackled by an Alabama defender who grabbed a piece of the facemask. The Bulldogs aren't the only ones who set the standard on Monday night.

As a true freshman, Eason started the final 12 games of the 2016 season after replacing Greyson Lambert in the opener.

"I've never been happier in my life", Saban said on the field in the aftermath of the latest iconic Alabama moment.

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