Both teams brought their A-game, and there could only be one team crowned as the National Champs.
New York Giants offensive guard D.J. Fluker told Tide 99.1 FM in 2014 that the level at which Alabama's Crimson Tide's players practice is a major part of their success.
I couldn't help for a few moments but think that Ole Miss had beaten Alabama yet again. Alabama is loaded, and they may have just found the piece of the puzzle that they've never really had, an elite-level quarterback. And, he said, it can especially be tough for sports fans who've invested a great deal of time and emotion into their teams. I can still see him running over tacklers and then pulling away from them with an odd, stiff-legged looking, yet still incredibly graceful, sprint that was faster than anyone else. The Bulldogs pounced early and jumped out to an early lead, which all seemed to change at halftime.
"As soon as the decision was made for him to come in, I got a million texts from a lot of different people saying, 'Tua's in, Tua's in, '" said Medeiros. Enter here, backup 5-star quarterback from Hawaii: Tua Tagovailoa.
The Georgia Bulldogs put up a good fight, but in the end, it was Alabama's defense that really made the difference.
But midway through the quarter, Georgia's Jake Fromm was the young quarterback set for stardom, having completed an 80-yard touchdown pass to put the Bulldogs up, 20-7, and looking like he'd become the second true freshman ever to lead his team to a national title - an honor Hurts failed to secure previous year. Georgia started the second quarter with two impressive drives of 50-plus yards which ended in field goals.
The Crimson Tide doesn't just have a higher quality of talent than every other college team, it has more of it, too.
Yesterday we gave our predictions on the big game, and while, we were pretty spot on.
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On Monday night, it was Tua Tagovailoa who would find Smith streaking down the Georgia sideline.
Even if you had seen Tagovailoa's seven games of mop-up duty as a true freshman quarterback, you couldn't have seen his game-saving, against Georgia coming.
The Crimson Tide (13-1) received 57 of 61 first-place votes from the media panel after their 26-23 overtime win on Monday night at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
The Bulldogs returned 14 of their top 15 tacklers from last season's Liberty Bowl champions and became a top-five defense nationally. The committee chose the better team over the more deserving team, which nearly seemed like a punishment to the number one team, Clemson.
The win partly served as redemption for the southern powerhouse since it lost the national championship game to Clemson last season.
Alabama Punter J.K. Scott revealed just how passionate he was by reflecting on how much Jesus has done for him.
Atlanta was still buzzing about the call on Tuesday morning, and Alabama fans will long be discussing the guts it took for their 66-year-old coach to pull the trigger on one of the most dramatic, desperate moves yet in his tenure.