Remember back three years ago, when we debated whether Urban Meyer or Saban was the best active coach? They made the trip for the last championship win, too.
Safid Deen - who covers Florida State for the Orlando Sentinel - posted about his decision on Twitter, saying this: "If it's not about winning and losing, what are we really doing here, fam?" We've got two fine young men who really respect each other and have worked hard to help each other all year long.
Saban's actions tell fans a different story. Imagine if Alabama replaced its SoCon game in the third week of November with a game against UCF. If Saban has enough confidence in Tagovailoa to win a national title, chances are he will trust him to be the 2018 starter. In the second half, Alabama's freshman quarterback Tua Tagovailoa returned the favor.More news: Stan Van Gundy to deny ESPN special access following LaVar Ball article
Saban's big gamble appeared to pay off when Tagovailoa connected with Calvin Ridley for a seven-yard touchdown to tie the game with 3:49 to play. "The next step is finishing the job and winning the thing". Unless he transfers to a junior college or lower division school, Hurts would have to sit out an entire season before playing for another team. "Thank God he found me and we're here right now".
Get this: The Tide first elevated to No. 1 under Saban after their ninth game in the 2008 season.
But Alabama had finally figured out how to move the ball-and they did. Blackledge's TD pass was 47 yards while Tagovailoa's was 41.
But Alabama was Alabama and just continued to chip away and got back into the game.More news: Film Room | Vintage Drew Brees compensates for poor run game
With Alabama out of field goal range, the Georgia defense just needed to win the next three plays to secure the national championship.
Hurts still had to watch from the sideline as Tagovailoa experienced similar ups and downs that he has seen numerous times when we was the sarter. The quarterback play has rarely been better than average.
The 19-year-old added that he's "so thankful for an incredible season" and praised the senior players for setting "the standard". Battling scholarship limits Bryant never did, Saban has five national titles in nine seasons (plus the sixth he won at LSU in 2003). The first player to congratulate Tagovailoa after the play? Alabama called for a run, but Tagovailoa thought it was a pass play and threw to a receiver who was busy blocking.
In the annual college football profile edition of FCA Magazine, a number of football players went on record to speak about their passion for Christ. Now Alabama gives us a game in Atlanta that felt like one of those college football movies out of the past, like "Navy Blue and Gold".More news: No visitors, no dahi chura, Lalu complains of being treated as commoner