Tagovailoa leads Tide to national title

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The hero's name is DeVonta Smith, and he has played the same role before.

"There's a lot of positive self-gratification for me to see these guys have success, not just on the field, but as people, as students, as players, to see them go on and be successful with their careers". The Hawaiian product threw for 166 yards and three touchdowns in the second half and overtime, including a 41-yard touchdown pass to win the game, in the bottom half of the first overtime period.

On Monday night, it was Tua Tagovailoa who would find Smith streaking down the Georgia sideline.

Coming up close behind them are Clemson at 6/1, and then a run of Big Ten teams including Ohio State (8/1), MI (10/1), and Penn State (12/1).

If Nick Saban is back, the nation's best defense will be, too, making the Crimson Tide the favorite for a sixth national title in 10 years, no matter who is at quarterback. The Tide split two with Clemson, losing last season on a touchdown with a second left.

Cleveland said the pain of the loss will be on his mind all offseason, as he and the rest of the team gets ready for the coming season.

With the title game being played 70 miles from Georgia's campus in Athens, Dawgs fans packed Mercedes-Benz Stadium, but it turned out to be sweet home for Alabama. Whose only real offense in the second half was one attractive long throw from Jake Fromm to Mecole Hardman, the one that made it 20-7 at the time.

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So if we are connecting all the dots, Lane Kiffin leaving as Alabama's offensive coordinator opened the door for Sarkisian, fired from USC, to take the job with Alabama, opening the door for Tagovailoa to come to Tuscaloosa. Preparation to this point has been the key.

Alabama fans will always remember when Tua's time began, but they should never forget the quarterback who carried them there and cheered on his teammate when his team needed him the most.

This time, Alabama came up with the late-game magic to send Georgia back to its locker room empty-handed.

"Smitty was wide-open", Tagovailoa said. "I lived in Georgia and have a bunch of friends that go there, so I wanted them to win". Now, you're probably convinced the teenager you didn't know two days ago is set to extend Alabama's dynasty even longer.

Tagovailoa hit Calvin Ridley on a 7-yard score to help complete a 13-point comeback.

Well before Saban kept Alabama's legacy going, former Crimson Tide player Bear Bryant took the helm as the program's head coach and revitalized the team into a powerhouse.

Both Alabama and Georgia are full of young talent, so there's a chance both booths will be in a position to make the call on some similar excitement next season. Every single game matters if you want to win the national championship. The committee chose the better team over the more deserving team, which nearly seemed like a punishment to the number one team, Clemson. "If you can't overcome hard, you're not going to have many victories in life".

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