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Alabama Crimson Tide's comeback sparks TV ratings boost for football finale

Georgia Bulldogs upbeat about future despite disappointment of national title game loss Nick Saban surprises Justin Thomas by actually answering congratulatory phone call after Alabama win
Manuel Armenta | 13 Enero, 2018, 06:40

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.

A 6-yard Tagovailoa touchdown pass to freshman wide receiver Henry Ruggs III made it 13-7 with 8:52 left in the period, but Georgia responded on the following drive with an 80-yard touchdown pass from freshman quarterback Jake Fromm to sophomore wide receiver Mecole Hardman to make it 20-7.

Late in the season, I've tried go back afterward and rewatch the college football games that are important to our readers, and none created a different impression the second time around than Alabama's 26-23 win over Georgia. "No disrespect to Jalen, but the real thought was, you know, they came into the game thinking we were going to run the ball and be able to run quarterback runs, which we made a couple of explosive plays on".

On his motions immediately after the game... Or was this Saban's plan all along - the ultimate gamble that one-upped Georgia and former assistant coach Kirby Smart in Atlanta? Alabama's defense will have a new play-caller after Jeremy Pruitt left to take the top spot at Tennessee. I ran the simulation of the Alabama Crimson Tide vs the UCF Knights on a neutral field 442 times. The biggest question mark for the Tide heading into the offseason is who will start at quarterback.

Only Saban, whose football genius is undisputed, could pull it off by switching out Hurts for Tua Tagovailoa at halftime. There are a maximum 15 allowed practices, which includes the spring game.

Hurts couldn't have handled the moment any better.

If you stayed up late to see Alabama win 26-23 in overtime, bully (or "Dilly dilly!") for you. We have the #1 fans still in the country.

Georgia Bulldogs upbeat about future despite disappointment of national title game loss

Summoned at halftime, freshman Tua Tagovailoa, the backup to can't-quite-throw-it-well-enough Jalen Hurts, became an instant legend. It was the right side, it was Georgia and I would have to go out on the field and go back on defense.

Chaucer once said "All good things come to an end", but with this Bama dynasty, I'm starting to wonder.

Another perfect move from Saban in a decade long reign. They walked away with their fifth national championship in the past nine years - a run that is unprecedented in today's college football world.

Thanks to the daunting task of just winning the Big Ten East, don't be surprised if the conference is on the outside looking in again for next year's College Football Playoff. First, Tony Brown jumped offside on 3rd-and-3 for the second Bulldog conversion of the drive. This time, he temporarily bailed the Bulldogs out of a jam with a 51-yarder to start overtime after Alabama sacked Fromm for a 13-yard loss that looked like it might leave them without points. On the day after the game, Saban admitted the team has two very good quarterbacks.

Passas told The Associated Press in a telephone interview that Tagovailoa began attending the football camp at Saint Louis when he was just 9 years old and immediately started throwing with the senior players, including Mariota. After all, he said there's still a sign in Monongah, W. Va., celebrating the 1968 state championship team he played on.

Admittedly, the above claim could be challenged by other schools, Pittsburgh would be one example.

"A lot of guys calling in saying they're just gonna enjoy it, they're happy, they're excited", Cubelic said.