Bama vs Georgia. SEC vs SEC. Student vs Master. No Nick Saban assistant has been able to defeat him. Could Bama avenge it’s loss in last year’s thrilling national championship game to Clemson? These were the themes and storylines coming into the College Football Playoff Championship Game.
Alabama vs Georgia was a classic chess match. The momentum in this game changed changed hands several times. Georgia has all the momentum throughout the first half leading 13-0 and holding Alabama to 94 yards on offense. You just knew an Alabama comeback was in the works, but not the way it happened. Alabama came roaring back with a performance for the ages by a true freshman QB.
This game come down to a gusty call by Alabama coach Nick Saban to bench starting QB Jalen Hurts to begin the second half. Hurts is 25-2 is his career at Alabama including a national championship. Nick Saban is the master for a reason. Great leaders have a way of making those difficult decisions look easy.
True Freshman Tua Tagovailoa QB came in and changed the entire momentum of the game. He lead Bama to there first scoring drive of the game and Bama would never look back. He made plays with his arms and legs. The moment never seemed too big for him.
Tua got sacked in overtime with Bama trailing by three. He threw the game winning touchdown on the very next place. That fortitude and mental toughness is a testament to the winning culture at Alabama.
The Bama dynasty continues to roll on. For Alabama that is there 5th national championship in 9 years. For Nick Saban, he is now tied with Alabama legend Paul (Bear) Bryant for the most national championships all time with 6.
Kirby Smart and Georgia came oh so close to beating Alabama. Hats off to them for an incredible season and game. On any other night they would be national champions.
The narrative continues for Nick Saban as he remains undefeated against his former assistants. The tide continues to roll for Alabama as they keep finding new ways to win.