The Alabama Crimson Tide are college football champions again. Head Coach Nick Saban set a new record.
Unstoppable: Alabama’s receiver DeVonta Smith.
After the outstanding performance in the semifinals against the Clemson Tigers and Trevor Lawrence, the predestined number one pick in the upcoming NFL draft, Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields, the predestined number two pick, had another gala in the big Final against Alabama the chance to let its shares rise again.
But the Buckeyes were only allowed to play for a short time at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, otherwise Alabama determined the music – above all receiver and Heisman Trophy winner DeVonta Smith. The 22-year-old was once again unstoppable and already had over 200 receiving yards and three touchdowns in the first half. Even a finger injury that forced Smith to the sideline in the third quarter did not change a record performance: no one had caught 12 passes in a final before.
The Crimson Tide, led by a strong quarterback Mac Jones (36/45, 464 yards, 5 TD), pulled away after an intermittent 14:14 at the end of the first round and won in the end with 52:24.
For Head Coach Nick Saban it is the seventh college championship and one more than Paul “Bear” Bryant. Saban won six of his titles with Alabama, the first in 2003 with last year’s champion LSU.