ATLANTA- No. 4 Alabama defeated No. 3 Georgia in overtime, 26-23, in the College Football Playoff National Championship to capture its 17th title in program history. The win gives head coach Nick Saban his sixth national championship, tying Paul “Bear” Bryant for the most all time. Alabama finished off the season with a 13-1 record, and captured its second championship in the playoff era. The Crimson Tide came back from a 13-0 deficit to shock Georgia for the win. This is the fifth time under Saban that Alabama has won a national championship.
Ever since he stepped onto the field wearing an Alabama jersey, Ronnie Harrison has been an impact player. Whether it is one of his bone crunching hits, interception or just his overall presence Harrison has been stellar in his three years at Alabama.
Still, with all of that going on, the players still have to play. The Crimson Tide will need some of its role players and superstars to have big games if it wants to capture a 17th national championship.
Colorado State will hire Alabama defensive backs coach Derrick Ansley as its next defensive coordinator, according to a report by Football Scoop. Ansley spent the last two seasons coaching Alabama’s secondary.
Georgia defensive coordinator Mel Tucker coached Alabama’s defensive backs for one season, but it shaped the way the team performs now. In 2015, Tucker worked with Alabama’s entire 2017 starting secondary in the early stages of their careers.
Alabama’s opening game against Florida State was called the greatest opener ever by some. The game wasn’t as close as some fans thought, but it started a trend for Alabama that it didn’t want: injured linebackers.
Over his career, Evans has 142 tackles, with 66 coming this year. That’s good enough for second on the team. As a pass rusher, he has six sacks, which is also good for second on the team.
The duo of Nick Chubb and Sony Michel ran for 199 yards and a touchdown against Alabama in the only time either player has faced the Crimson Tide. The stat is a little misleading, since 83 of Chubb’s 146 yards came on a long touchdown run. The rest of the time the Alabama defense stifled the second and third all-time leading rushers in Georgia history.
Alabama safety Minkah Fitzpatrick’s status was in question ahead of the national championship. Reports surfaced that Fitzpatrick had a bruised kidney after Alabama’s 24-6 win over Clemson. During Saturday’s Media Day in Phillips Arena, Fitzpatrick squashed those reports, and gave Alabama fans good news.