Alabama tops final AP college football poll

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The Crimson Tide title drought didn't last long, but it needed a dramatic comeback from a freshman backup quarterback.

Alabama coach Nick Saban holds the trophy while celebrating with his team's win over Georgia for the College Football Playoff national championship on January 8, 2018, at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

Kiffin said the coaching staff actually preferred Tagovailoa. I do have one question though: is that "Basket Case" by Green Day being played by the band in the background?

It's the sixth national title for Alabama coach Nick Saban, tying him with former Crimson Tide coach Bear Bryant for the most all time. Seven plays after taking over with the ball at the Alabama 44-yard line, Tagovailoa connected with Henry Ruggs III for Alabama's first touchdown.

"Roll Tide!" fans yell as the team got off the plane. Georgia scored again in regulation, but everything went Alabama's way in that second half and the overtime period.

"We went off of hard work and perseverance and I think that showed the season because we had a hard fought loss, came back and won it all", said Nikolette Jones. Meet America's new household name: Tua Tagovailoa. Both Tagovailoa and Mariota played at Saint Louis School in Honolulu.

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


An eight-team playoff could include the winners of all five Power 5 conferences: the SEC, Pac-12, Big 12, ACC and the Big Ten. The Bulldogs haven't won a national championship in football since 1980.

"Someone tried to give me a game ball", he said. Hurts finished the second half with only 21 passing yards and his 47 yards on the ground were the only thing that helped Bama get passed midfield.

Monday night's barn burner - which took place at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia - had an audience peak of 30.7 million late in the first half.

UCF is the first bowl-eligible team to finish undefeated and not win a national title since TCU in 2010. Now Alabama gives us a game in Atlanta that felt like one of those college football movies out of the past, like "Navy Blue and Gold".

He returned on the biggest stage in college football, and for a team that had endured a multitude of injuries on defense, the 6-foot-1 giant killer delivered it to a 17th national championship. The sport, which is a pipeline to the professional level, is well known for its loyal and passionate fan base, including enthusiasts pulling for their alma mater or channeling their rooting interests for another university.

Finishing its fourth year, the College Football Playoff is clearly a major success.

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