MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) – This celebration is familiar and unique. The confetti cannon blew up crimson and white showers, and Alabama players ran to the sidelines to grab the championship hat and t-shirt.
Playing for Crimson Tide under coach Nick Saban is a formality.
This time the band that played the battle song was an in-pipe recording, and when “Sweet Home Alabama” rang, only a few thousand Tide fans were singing along on the sidelines.
The final game of the pandemic college football season, a season of no certainty in summer and disruption in fall, ended in the most predictable shape: Alabama. Come for the sixth time in 1
2 years under Saban as national champion.
The unbeatable DeVonta Smith, the unstoppable Najee Harris and the flawless Mac Jones won 52-24 of the College Football Playoff National Championship against Ohio number 3 on Monday night. They ended the 13-0 season when many wondered if it would be possible to play.
“I think we are the best team that has ever played,” said Jones.
It was Saban’s seventh career in which an important college coach broke ties with the great Paul “Bear” Bryant in Alabama.
“For me this is the best team,” said Saban. “This team is more collaborative than almost any team we’ve ever had.” They had to win and endure a lot this season and did a wonderful job. “
Ohio State (7-1) missed Justin Fields on his final game before moving to the NFL, passing 194 yards and a touchdown. Whether or not the field is 100% full after a brutal side hit during his brilliant semi-final match against Clem is hard to say.
“I can get out of there,” all junior defenders will say.
The Buckeyes’ first run, lost the rewind of star Trey Sermon to an injury, and faced one of the greatest crimes in recent history that they performed too often in a game that involved running at top speed. The state of Ohio has never allowed more points in a bowl game.
“I think there is a feeling that if you don’t score, you have to stay behind and then the pressure increases,” said Buckeyes coach Ryan Day of Tide’s successful attacking encounter.
Fans can discuss which team is the best in the Saban Dynasty. But nobody will be more memorable than this group.
“Everyone is together,” said Smith. “Last year people said the royal family was over. We don’t stop. We only reload. “
After two seasons without winning a national award, Tide perfectly ended a season that couldn’t go further than COVID-19, forcing the team to curb endless quarantine and uncertainty every week. The games are mostly played in empty stadiums.
“For me, this team is more successful than almost any other team,” said Saban. “Don’t respect the other teams we have but this one has won 11 SEC games. No other team has done that. ” They beat the SEC and lost to the SEC, and then they beat two great teams in the playoffs without a break. I think I have to write quite a bit about this team’s legacy. “
Only about 15,000 fans come to Hard Rock Stadium, which has a capacity of 65,326, to watch the last great performance of Smith’s college career. The Heisman Trophy winner scored 12 hits over 215 yards and three touchdowns. Everything in the first half
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“Heaven knows what he’s going to do if he plays the whole game,” said Saban.
Steve Sarkizian, Coordinator of Movement Abuse and Leadership Off the Beaten Path, turned Ohio State’s head to track down Smith. At one point he was compared to a receiver player he dropped. In the dust at 42 yards to score 35-17, with 41 seconds in the second quarter
Smith, who ended his first season with a touchdown win at the 2017 Tua Tagovailoa National Championship, ended his Alabama career as the best career receiver in the history of the South East Conference and was. The most outstanding offensive player in his third game
Sarkisian is heading to Texas as the head coach. Longhorn fans will love what they see. If only he could get Smith and a Heisman competitor to Austin.
Jones, who finished third in the Heisman poll, was 36 for 45 for the CFP champions 464 yards and five touchdowns. In one of the most overlooked full defense seasons ever played, Jones set a year-long record for a player performance value of 203.
Harris, fifth in the Heisman race, has 158 yards from 29 battles and scored three hits to get 30 touchdowns this season.
Smith rarely played with injuries in the second half. In the fourth quarter he returned to the hobby and wrapped his two fingers with his right hand and put on a Heisman mask.
Alabama barely missed him and broke 50 early in the fourth quarter when Harris walked in untouched from the field.
Smith and Harris surprised some when they returned to college after last season in their senior year.
Boy is it worth it Along with Jones, another member of the 2017 recruiting class, they will leave Alabama as the leader of a team that can easily handle a difficult march from the pandemic.
“We all have a mission to end things the right way,” said Smith. “We all go to work and it ends the way we want.”
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