Enjoy Alabama's CFP title game hero Tua Tagovailoa's delightful ukulele concert

Kenny Tucker
January 12, 2018

You've had at least a day to process what you never expected to see.

What if I were to tell you that Saban isn't slowing down at the age of 66, and that after winning six national titles, including one with LSU in 2003, he's still adapting and finding new ways to crush the competition? I enjoy the relationships that you have on a team.

Saban explained after the game that he felt the offense needed what Tagovailoa could provide when he made a decision to move away from Hurts at halftime. These hypothetical questions will continue to play a part in how the CFP is perceived, even when it is expanded to eight teams. Jalen Hurts struggled to move the Crimson Tide offense, and Jake Fromm got enough out of Georgia's to take a 13-0 lead into halftime.

The left-handed QB threw two touchdown passes to put Alabama back into the game.

The national championship showdown between Alabama and Georgia drew 28.443 million viewers for ESPN, making it the second-most watched title game in the four years of the College Football Playoff format.

On the next possession, Tagovailoa looked like Fromm would have no trouble earning that distinction. The ball was intercepted in Alabama territory.

Saban's big gamble appeared to pay off when Tagovailoa connected with Calvin Ridley for a seven-yard touchdown to tie the game with 3:49 to play.

"It would not surprise me", Arians said when asked by Cowherd if Saban might be considering one of the National Football League head coaching vacancies. Saban stomped down the sidelines, ripping his headset off, and screaming at no one in particular.

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Alabama players celebrate after overtime of the NCAA college football playoff championship game against Georgia Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, in Atlanta. "So I hit him, and here we are now, thank God".

He wasn't ready. He was prepared. Saban has done his in an era more cutthroat and competitive as ever, the rising tide of television money lifting boats everywhere. Last week, Hurts was the Sugar Bowl offensive MVP. He did so against the fifth-ranked defense in the nation. You might still get a Power 5 conference victor - Pac-12, anybody? - that's not as good as the third or fourth best team from another conference, but the debate would still be a lot of fun.

A college football season that was riddled with chaos and excitement ended Monday night with a fitting conclusion.

Alabama fans look to have several more years of Tua in the spotlight first and his brothers certainly have a great role model and a high standard to look up to. Just a great win.

He'll even have time to prepare.

"We've definitely got what it takes to come back", wide receiver Mecole Hardman said.

"This was, I think, one of our best recruiting classes, this freshman class from a year ago, especially with offensive talent", Saban said in the postgame press conference.

"These two young men sitting next to me meant more to Georgia than yards".

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