Alabama wins National Championship on unbelievable final play

Alabama wins National Championship on unbelievable final play

It set the stage for a quarterback competition between Tagovailoa and Hurts, who is 26-2 as a starter and has helped Alabama make two title game appearances.

So much for the notion that Alabama doesn't play freshman. The Crimson Tide mounted a second half comeback to tie the game in the fourth quarter and eventually pull out the win in overtime. True freshman quarterback Tua Tagovailoa replaced starting quarterback Jalen Hurts at halftime for Alabama.

For the week of January 1-7, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships: College Football Semi-final: Georgia vs. Oklahoma, ESPN, 26.05 million; NFL Wild Card: Atlanta at L.A. Rams, NBC, 22.82 million; College Football Semi-final: Alabama vs. Clemson, ESPN, 20.56 million; "Golden Globe Awards", NBC, 19.01 million; "NFL Wild Card Post Game", Fox, 18.64 million; "NFL Pre-Game", NBC, 16.39 million; "The Big Bang Theory", CBS, 16.16 million; "Young Sheldon", CBS, 14.7 million; "NCIS", CBS, 14.11 million; "Bull", CBS, 11.17 million. The Bulldogs beat Oklahoma in a wild Rose Bowl in double overtime to get here, and after Jonathan Ledbetter and Davin Bellamy sacked Tagovailoa for a big loss on the first play, Alabama was in trouble - second-and-26. The play call was actually Tagovailoa's favorite in high school. "So we were struggling a little bit in the first half defensively, but if you can't overcome hard, you're never going to have any great victories in our life". But Nick Saban in college, and maybe Bill Belichick in the National Football League, are two coaches who are so good, their names should be said in the same breath as those legends. The 2016 SEC Offensive Player of the Year had improved his passing this season, throwing only one interception, but many fans and some analysts were frustrated by the fact that he doesn't make good decisions when pressured or his lack of stepping up in the pocket to make throws.

Breakdown:"Another surprise! Another all-SEC title game and an Alabama-Georgia rematch will not go over well in much of the country".

Najee Harris, a running back from greater Oakland, elicited similar predictions, yet because Alabama was sturdy atop its roster the aforementioned freshmen played fairly minor roles this past season. Teams like Ohio State, UCF and USC in particular felt disrespected by the committee since they all had a better resume than Alabama, who ended up taking the final spot.

He converted a third-and-7 play with a nifty run. The Bulldogs, which led 13-0 at halftime, were back up by 13 and with momentum. Alabama will have turnover, especially in the defensive secondary, but we all know how well Nick Saban's teams reload year after year. The Tide would cut the lead to 13-7 on the following drive to change the complexion of the game. The score capped a 2-minute drive led by true freshman quarterback Jake Fromm.

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The reality - a Tagovailoa game-winning, 41-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver DeVonta Smith - happened. After that, it was all Georgia with two field goals and a touchdown that left the thirteen to nothing at half time. Then came the Tide.

Brown made a clothesline tackle on Georgia's next kickoff return.

But Alabama couldn't capitalize.

Georgia (13-1) was attempting its first national championship since 1980. Nonconference games don't matter because all you have to do is win the conference.

Smart is losing a heck of a senior class that was recruited by former coach Mark Richt, from RBs Sony Michel and Nick Chubb to several linebackers.

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