Congratulations to the CFP Champions. The University of Alabama
The College Football Championship playoffs and Bowl-mania have had there share of interesting story lines.
Coach Nick Saban vs his protege Kirby Smart and former Defensive Coordinator facing off in a battle of the minds. Before this match-up Nick Saban was 11-0 against all of his former assistants, and after this grueling battle on the gridiron he now stands at… Kirby Smart has lead a revival of the Georgia Football program with a 8-5 record his first year, and then marching to the SEC Championship. Now after an exhausting sixty minutes plus overtime of play coach smart should be proud of the winning culture he has created for the University of Georgia. While some doubted coach Nick Saban’s coaching after a less-than-thrilling time at the helm of the Miami Dolphins, nobody will ever again question the dynasty that he has forged for the University of Alabama.
Dynamic Duo vs. The Crimson Trenches
Nobody will ever doubt the greatness of Georgia’s running back duo. Nick Chubb and Sony Michel have combined for more yards than any duo in college football history. But Alabama’s front 7 are often The Best of the Best in college football. Every yard that both teams were able to rush for was hard fought with piles of bodies left in their wake. Georgia’s running game was not able to burst forth like they did against Oklahoma in their instant classic. In Alabama’s final drive of regulation there were a few calls that could have gone either way, that went Alabama’s. I’m sure that will see many a Georgia Bulldog fans crying favoritism after the dust settles.
A Champion Decided
With the final seconds of regulation ticking off, Alabama kicker Andy Pappanastos shanked a 35-yard kick that would have won the game. Before this, was 14 of 15 from within 40 yards. Despite Georgia being up for the vast majority of the game, and Alabama never have in the lead, the Crimson Tide went into overtime with all of the momentum. Despite the missed field goal attempt.
After being absolutely stalled during their drive, Georgia was able to knock through a 51-yard field goal. But in the end it was not enough for the Georgia Bulldogs. True freshman quarterback Tua Tagovailoa connected with fellow true freshman Devontae Smith for the 41 yd touchdown after being sacked on the first play. This marks Alabama’s fifth National Championship in nine years.
Congratulations to the University of Alabama.