Alabama Wins NCAA Football Championship

Alicia Farmer
January 12, 2018

Set against them: the chance to atone for one of the few question marks over Saban's coaching career, his two-season stint with the Miami Dolphins in the mid-2000s. He is seen as a win-at-all-costs leader who will sacrifice anyone and anything to get the next win.

The Big Ten and Pac-12 were left out as an expense, as the argument came down to the final Sunday on the Crimson Tide vs. conference champion Ohio State.

But that bitter view really has very little to do with the truth. Defenses will still have limited tape on Tagovailoa even after the title game, but it will get more hard as the season progresses. He was the most valuable player in the Elite 11 quarterback competition and at Nike's "The Opening".

The Dawgs lost after a game-winning touchdown pass in overtime, giving 'Bama its 17th national championship in college football and fifth since 2009. "He knew that was what was best for his football team and that's what they did".

Mariota's protege and fellow Hawaii native, Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa, led the Crimson Tide to an overtime win over Georgia in the title game, throwing three TD passes in the second half, including the game victor, after coming off the bench.

Tagovailoa replaced Hurts to start the second half and led Alabama to a touchdown on his second series, hitting Henry Ruggs III from 6 yards out.

Tuesday morning's heartbreaking loss by University of Georgia to Alabama in the national championship game was a double whammy to Telly Williams, who's still recovering from the Atlanta Falcons' meltdown in last year's Super Bowl.

Saban went into the locker room and made a big move. "Because Tua thought that he should be the starting quarterback and had outperformed him in practice, and Coach (Saban) never gave him an opportunity".

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Saban was hopeful, but he was taking a big gamble. Tagovailoa is the offensive player of the game.

Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa celebrates after beating Georgia in overtime to win the CFP national championship at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta.

Georgia (13-1) was attempting its first national championship since 1980. Star linebacker Roquan Smith would appear to be a likely early National Football League draft entry.

Before we're handing out the 2018 Heisman to Tagovailoa, we would be wise to consider what we have seen with Hurts. "Josh Booty was our quarterback", Saban recalled. He threw an interception in Alabama territory when all the receivers on that side of the field were blocking. "He did a good job, made some plays in the passing game".

With the title game being played 70 miles from Georgia's campus in Athens, Dawgs fans packed Mercedes-Benz Stadium, but it turned out to be sweet home for Alabama. Great for our players. With the ball spotted in the middle of the field, Pappanastos lined up for a kick to win the national championship. "You know, it was just a great team effort".

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Tagovailoa was excellent on the play.

Hurts has been plenty good enough in posting a 26-2 record as a starter. But the pass from PSU quarterback Todd Blackledge looks so much like Tagovailoa's pass to Smith that it's eerie. The president watched the second half from Air Force One. This season's CFP semifinals on January 1 and the championship game averaged more than 26.2 million viewers, up 21 percent from past year.

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