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2018 National Championship

Noah Ring, Mustang Messenger

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The national championship between the Georgia Bulldogs and the Alabama Crimson Tide was one for the books. Going into the game Alabama coach Nick Saban was eyeing Paul “Bear” Bryant’s 6 national championship wins a pretty remarkable feat in this day and age. Georgia’s coach Kirby Smart looked to be the first prior Saban assistant coach to beat him.

 

This game was predicted to be a low scoring defensive affair. In the first half there was only one touchdown scored and two field goals (both for the dogs) . Alabama wasn’t able to get anything going on offense with their true sophomore quarterback Jalen Hurts.

 

Following a sluggish first half, Alabama Coach Nick Saban gambled on a true freshman quarterback, and it paid off with a national title. Tua came in with just 53 pass attempts all year and hadn’t played a meaningful snap all season.  The early results were not much better for Alabama, however, as the Tide went three-and-out in its first drive with Tua in the game. However in the remaining time he came to play completing 14 passes for 166 yards and 3 touchdowns. Tua hit another freshman, Devonta Smith, for a 41-yard touchdown in the first overtime to give the Crimson Tide a 26-23 triumph over Georgia in the College Football Playoff championship game.

 

At the end of this game, being a Georgia fan, I am a bit sad but I’m also excited for the future. Sure the refs might have caused us the game *cough cough Tyler Simmons was onside* but we have a lot of young pieces and a great recruiting class coming in. So congratulations to Alabama but there is a new king of college football who resides in Athens.

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2018 National Championship