Alabama wins College Football Championship


UGA senior RB Sony Michel tries to out run Bama defenders

     The Crimson Tide and Bulldogs faced each other in the fourth annual College Football Championship. This was the first time that two teams from the same conference were playing in the Playoff era.


     The Georgia Bulldogs went 12-1 during the year and they were lead by their two-headed beast in the backfield, otherwise known as Nick Chubb and Sony Michel. They combined for an astounding 2,572 rushing yards throughout the season. They were also lead by freshman QB Jake Fromm. Fromm has been very impressive during the year as he has filled in for Jacob Eason. The best player, however, was linebacker Roquan Smith. Smith has been the star for a defense full of seniors. The Bulldogs advanced to the National Championship after defeating Baker Mayfield and the Oklahoma Sooners in one of the most thrilling Rose Bowls in recent history.


    The Alabama Crimson Tide went 12-1 as well. The Crimson Tide rode a relatively easy schedule on their way to the National Championship. Their offense was carried by a balanced attack from QB Jalen Hurts. Hurts had 2,081 yards passing and he was second on the team in rushing with 855 yard rushing. Hurts’ primary target was talented WR Calvin Ridley. He was crucial as he hauled in 63 catches and 967 yards. Their defense played a large role in their success, however, as they are lead by CB Minkah Fitzpatrick. Alabama advanced to the National Championship after beating the Clemson Tigers in a rematch.


      Alabama started off the game by driving down the field with ease, but the Georgia D forced a three and out and then Alabama’s kicker shanked an easy field goal. Both teams exchanged punts and then the Dawgs struck first and kicked a field goal. UGA scored another field goal and a touchdown to close out the half. The score was 13-0 and UGA was in full control. Alabama looked like they were in trouble. HC Nick Saban made one of the gutsiest decisions of all time by pulling starting QB Jalen Hurts, who is 25-2 in his two years at Bama, and putting in true freshman Tua Tagovailoa.


    This move sparked the Tide and they managed to score a touchdown to make the score 13-7. Fromm would answer the opposing freshman with a bomb to WR Mecole Hardman. The score was 20-7 and UGA assumed control once again. Alabama kept fighting and they managed to score two field goals and a touchdown to tie the game at 20. The game looked over as Alabama would mount a strong drive at the end of the game that looked as if the Tide would hit the game-winning field goal and they would be crowned champions, but not so fast! He shanked another easy kick and the game went into overtime with the two teams tied at 20.


    The Dawgs started off with the ball and soon after settled for a long field goal that Rodrigo Blankenship drilled. Alabama got the ball next and after they suffered a gigantic loss on the first down the game looked in doubt, but Tua would throw a 41 yard dime to WR Devonta Smith as he beat the coverage and became wide open. Alabama won the game in OT 26-23. This is HC Nick Saban’s sixth national championship victory and it ties him for the most championships for a head coach in college football history. Alabama is the on top of college football once again.