"The standard's been set by these young men right here", Smart said, looking towards his two senior running backs.
Breakdown: "Yes, we put Alabama at No. 1 again".
"They played against each other Monday night and today they're on the same team going in the same direction, so it's a unusual profession", Dale Pruitt said.
All Tua did - as a true freshman who was in high school a year ago - was come in, take over the second half, made typical freshman mistakes while directing an impressive comeback, and then threw a game-winning 41-yard touchdown pass that some are saying was the most impressive game-winner toss in college football since Doug Flutie in a 1984 upset of Miami. The logic goes that since Auburn beat both Alabama and Georgia, and UCF in turn beat the Tigers, the Knights are the champ.
The nation's top-ranked recruiting class - with six five-star signees - on top of a top-three class from the previous year should keep Georgia in contention for championships. One of his throws was a quick swing pass that Najee Harris took 22 yards after the ball traveled just a few feet in the air; outside that play, Hurts threw for a mere 4.3 yards per pass.
If I had the inclination, I could go blow-by-blow over all the things that cost Georgia the national championship, including a handful of atrocious calls by the refs that had the potential to change the game.
Jalen Hurts, the two-year starter whom Tagovailoa replaced: sophomore. Also, star LB Roquan Smith likely will declare for the 2018 NFL Draft. With five titles in a nine-year span at Alabama, plus another crown won at LSU, he's now the G.O.A.T. and the Bear is No. 2.
Well by now we all know that the Alabama Crimson Tide has "won" the National Title of Invited Universities.
Twenty minutes separated the Bulldogs from the program's first national championship since 1980. But the Crimson Tide called four verticals, meaning four receivers would run go-routes down the field.
While it would take a while to take a formal poll of each Alabama player, Fromm and the Bulldogs definitely impressed Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban.
Failing to get a touchdown in their offensive drive in overtime, the Bulldogs' Rodrigo Blankenship, again, gave the Bulldogs life in nailing a long 51-yard field goal, leaving Georgia's defense to make one more crucial defensive stand when it mattered the most.
Saban had one more lesson to teach his former pupil: you've got to play a almost ideal game if you're going to dethrone this dynasty. I wanted to win, that's what it was. We probably could have switched things up.
I can appreciate that Brown expressed regret afterward but during the game he failed not only himself, but his teammates and his coaches. Now, just because he starred in a backup role in the title game isn't itself a guarantee: Texas quarterback Garrett Gilbert was terrific in reserve in the Longhorns' title-game loss to Alabama in early 2010, but he never came close to recapturing that performance. "But at the end of the day, it just comes down to us not executing well".
After all, this was the biggest game of the season, and Hurts was the one who led Alabama there for the second year in a row.
His touchdown catch against Vanderbilt was nice, but what sold me on Smith was watching him account for the deciding score against Mississippi State on the road. With J.K. Dobbins and Mike Weber expected back, whoever wins the job will have plenty of help. I'm proud of what we did this year - a big turnaround from year one to year two.
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