It was kind of unfair to have the No. 1 seed Alabama against… wait … Alabama wasn’t the number 1 seed? Alabama wasn’t the undefeated team? Last night was the BCS National Championship right? Because from the game I watched last night, it was pretty difficult to believe otherwise.
Alabama became, once again, the national champions last night in an annihilation game against the No. 1 seed Notre Dame 42-14. College football rarely has dynasties, but the Crimson Tide has just rolled itself into one winning it’s 3rd national title. “I think it’s pretty special what we accomplished,” Saban said. “Whether I look it or not, I’m happy as hell.” The Crimson Tide are not only a dynasty, they’re the program other football teams want to be when they grow up. This is Bama’s second consecutive national championship, its third in four seasons. If this keeps up, they’re going to have to rename the trophy The Nicky, or ask the Tide to join the NFC South. “Dynasty,” said senior long-snapper Carson Tinker. “I say it all day. Unprecedented. Dynasty, man!” Do you know how hard it is to even get to a national title game? Saban and Bama not only get there, but they keep coming back. And they keep winning. It is beyond impressive, it’s historic. As ”Sweet Home Alabama” blared from the Sun Life Stadium loudspeakers, players waved just-issued newspapers with headlines that read “Bama Again!” Other players danced with Obie, the Orange Bowl mascot.
Some teams can look back over this season and really be proud, especially Alabama, Texas A&M and Georgia. Bama, for the obvious reasons; the Aggies, because they’re the only ones to have beaten the Tide this season; Georgia, because it was 5 yards short from upsetting Bama in the SEC championship…. And then there’s Notre Dame, which entered the BCS championship as the nation’s No. 1-ranked program, but let’s be honest, it was never a game.
Notre Dame was already trailing by three touchdowns with 13:37 left in the second quarter when the Fighting Irish decided to try to convert a fourth-and-5 from Alabama’s 39-yard line.
Goodbye, Notre Dame.
Manti Te’o, the Heisman Trophy finalist, was pretty much non existent in this game. But I have said on numerous occasions, Te’o was only considered a Heisman candidate because Notre Dame was undefeated. He did put up solid numbers and had a great season, but on a 10-2 team or even an 11-1 team, his efforts would have gone unnoticed. I don’t even think Bama’s quarterback AJ McCarron, who completed 20 of 28 passes for 264 yards and four touchdowns, was ever touched by a Notre Dame defender. He had so much time to throw that there weren’t enough Mississippis to count to. His jersey barely had a grass stain on it. Give much credit to the Alabama offensive line, which paved the way for the Tide’s run game and protected AJ McCarron all night. Alabama scored touchdowns on its first three drives. They were able to move the ball no matter where on the field they were placed. I mean these were impressive Alabama drives. The longest drive against Notre Dame’s defense in the regular season was 75 yards. On Monday, Alabama had drives of 82, 80, 97 and 86 yards.
Alabama and the SEC have come to dominate this system bringing in 7 straight titles. Florida began the unprecedented streak in the 2006 season, and added another crown two years later. LSU and Auburn have also won titles during the run. But Alabama is the top dog these days.
Good thing a four-team playoff is coming with the 2014 season.