Alabama tops final AP college football poll

The biggest being the 41-yarder to fellow freshman DeVonta Smith in overtime to give Alabama the 26-23 win.

We saw all that, and more, before Tagovailoa had his movie moment at the end of overtime. Guys that are going to come in here are going to feel the standard.

On Monday, the University of Alabama faced off against the University of Georgia in the College Football Playoff National Championship. And to even mention them in the same breath tells you what I think of them. But Jake Fromm's not a first-round draft pick.

Nick Saban has never lost to one of his former assistant coaches, although Smart came close. "I think that we haven't really made a decision about that, and it's not imperative we make one right now". Overtime started out with Georgia getting on the board first with a field goal before a attractive pass from Tua Tagovailoa ended things with one final touchdown. Star linebacker Roquan Smith would appear to be a likely early National Football League draft entry.

Schlabach is picking Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State and Oklahoma to reach the CFP next year. They walked away with their fifth national championship in the past nine years - a run that is unprecedented in today's college football world.

Georgia (13-1) was attempting its first national championship since 1980.

"When I was out there, I prayed for peace and asked God to let your will be done through me", Tagovailoa said.

They will comfort themselves by uttering the old cliché "You dance with the one that brung ya" and try to take comfort in "staying the course". Upon review, Simmons appeared to still be onsides when the ball was snapped, negating a huge play that would have given the Bulldogs the ball at the Crimson Tide 19-yard line with a 13-0 lead.

"I couldn't be prouder of him taking advantage of the opportunity", Saban said.

After a lackluster second half, that meant the Bulldogs had another chance to pull out the win. There are so many great memories that it's hard to complain or be disappointed too much. The coaches can learn from this game. What a battle, what a game and what a fitting finish once again. "That's something we have to build on in this year's recruiting and continue to build on because we're going to lose a lot of good players who are seniors, probably have several players go out for the draft".

For the 2017 University of Alabama football season, TideSports intern Terrin Waack has provided select stellar stats, obscure facts and notable quotes from the most recent game to show how the Crimson Tide uses "The Process" against its opponents.

Cleveland said the pain of the loss will be on his mind all offseason, as he and the rest of the team gets ready for the coming season. "He just stepped in and did his thing ... did his thing for the team".

"I've been an Alabama fan all my life and we're here to support our team".

  • Arturo Norris