Opinion: Sorry, college football, but Alabama at its best just seems untouchable

ARLINGTON, Texas – There is rarely a single moment in a football game that captures the difference between the two teams on the pitch so perfectly, a snapshot that so completely describes what one team does to an entire sport.

When Alabama running back Najee Harris skied off the turf at AT&T Stadium in the first quarter on Friday, clearing the head of a Notre Dame cornerback en route to another big win, another quick score, another performance from Alabama that made a tough game seem ridiculously easy, there was only one conclusion to be drawn.

No one else in college football can fly that high.

Right now, there is nothing unusual or surprising about another trip to Alabama at the National Championship game on January 11 in South Florida. After Crimson Tide’s 31-14 win over Notre Dame in the college football playoff semifinals, Alabama will be there for the eighth time in 14 years under Nick Saban.

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But what does this version of Alabama do and how does it do it? Not normal; not normal at all.

It wasn’t enough for Nick Saban to dominate college football for more than a decade. He’s gone and hacked the sport, smashed the matrix and achieved nirvana with a team whose best is perhaps the best that ever existed.

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