How this Alabama game-time gamble paid off

Georgia Bulldogs upbeat about future despite disappointment of national title game loss

Georgia Bulldogs upbeat about future despite disappointment of national title game loss

Unfortunately for the 28 seniors and graduate students in uniform for the Bulldogs on Monday, including Chubb and Michel, plus a handful of underclassmen who may be considering entering the NFL Draft, they are going somewhere.

"I've said this for many, many years now when I get asked this question", Saban said Tuesday.

With the eventual No. 4 seed Crimson Tide winning it all for the second time-and beating the No. 3 seed Georgia, to boot-there's a case to be made that these rankings set the cut line for college football's elite tier too early, and that perhaps those teams left hanging deserve a chance to compete with the best for the title.

Kiffin was at Alabama while the Crimson Tide were recruiting both Tagovailoa and Jake Fromm, who first committed to Alabama before switching to Georgia.

In this format, a UCF team that went 13-0 this season wouldn't have to stage a faux national championship celebration like it did this year when Florida governor Rick Scott declared the Knights the true national champions.

The Tide have been dealing with that kind of stuff for the past decade.

"I think everybody can see that Georgia's going to be a force to be reckoned with", coach Kirby Smart said after his second season ended.

Adding an extra weekend with four games might not seem like a lot, but university presidents have resisted the idea and they aren't alone.

That decision, to bench struggling sophomore starting quarterback Jalen Hurts and bring the true freshman Tagovailoa to the rescue, made all the difference.

This play was also blown by the officiating crew.

Poor, suffering, blew-a-13-point-second-half-lead, Georgia: How close you were to a College Football Playoff National Championship.

In terms of the Buckeyes, they will have to replace quarterback J.T. Barrett, offensive tackle Jamarco Jones, center Billy Price, defensive ends Sam Hubbard and Tyquan Lewis, linebackers Jerome Baker and Chris Worley, cornerback Denzel Ward, and safety Damon Webb. "Hopefully we'll be able to continue to do that in the future".

Watching Tagovailoa roast Georgia, observers wondered why Saban hadn't leaned on him during the season.

Nick Saban proved yet again that as far as college football is concerned there just isn't anyone any better.

As good as the Alabama-Georgia game was, it's debatable whether it was more exciting than the New Year's Day national semifinal when Georgia rallied for a 54-48 overtime win over Oklahoma at the Rose Bowl. "The two lower seed teams win, the one team that everyone debated shouldn't be in, actually goes on to win it".

Monday's game brought in 27.4 million on ESPN alone, which is up 12% from last year's telecast.

Alabama men's tennis added athletes Riccardo Roberto and Jeremy Gschwendtner to its roster. Other more prominent assistant coaches were rumored to be Nick Saban's next hire, while there had been no public speculation about Banks.

Quick note: Thamel says a lot of his "Georgia wins" story got re purposed into a column on the Bulldogs' ascension back to the college football elite.

Looking back, here are the five most important plays of the game. Henry Ruggs III caught a 6-yard touchdown pass. Najee Harris leapfrogged juniors Damien Harris and Bo Scarbrough to take critical fourth-quarter handoffs, leading the team with 64 yards on six carries.

Get prep sports breaking news alerts from the Gwinnett Daily Post staff delivered to your email. Nonconference games don't matter because all you have to do is win the conference. Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota, who went to the same high school as Tagovailoa, recognized his efforts, calling him a stud and saying he was proud of the young quarterback. In the final half and overtime, the Tide limited UGA to six first downs and 142 yards.