Frustrated again by a spread offense and a superstar dual-threat quarterback that kept Alabama on its heels most of the night, the Crimson Tide found a deep reserve of guts and guile in the fourth quarter at University of Phoenix Stadium, securing Alabama’s fourth championship in the last seven years.
Did you hear about this?
Howard had just 394 receiving yards all season entering play Monday night, with no touchdowns, but emerged as the catalyst Alabama's offense needed to overcome a ferocious Clemson pass rush. Howard is among a lengthy cast of Crimson Tide underclassmen who are considering earlyentry. NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah noted that Howard's skills will translate well to the next level. The deadline to file for early draft eligibility is Jan. 18.
Somebody's NFL stock just went up.
Drake’s return was impressive in itself, but guys. GUYS. THE VIEW FROM THE PYLON CAM.
That thing is pretty cool.
Alabama recovers surprise onside kick as Nick Saban gives devilish grin By Chip Patterson | Staff Writer January 11, 2016 11:45 pm ET After getting a field goal at the end of a good drive, instead of a touchdown, Alabama needed a big play to take control of what was then a 24-24 game. Nick Saban trusted his special teams to step up and called an onside kick, which was executed perfectly and set up an eventualtouchdown.
FINALLY, something goes our way.
Now that the Crimson Tide coach has won his fifth national championship, should he be considered the best college football coach of all time?
It's funny how this time last year, all the talking heads were saying Urban Meyer was the "best ever".
Scholarship limits, widespread TV exposure, huge budgets everywhere, more games, expanded conferences, hyper intense recruiting and an insatiable and rarely satisfied public fed by a 24/7 media cycle make everything tougher.
Yet standing at the top is Saban, who isn't young and isn't cool and isn't running a newfangled offense and isn't reinventing the game, but rather sticking with core beliefs strategically while falling back on the most traditional of values he learned in small-town West Virginia. Namely, the proof is in the proof.
Dan Wetzel seems convinced. So am I!
Frankly, what he’s accomplished is much more difficult than the achievements of Bryant or any other earlier-era legend, none of whose teams had to play 15 games in a season or defend a modern spread offense.
Stewart Mandel's opinion... is pretty much the same.
Interviews could wait.wanted a group photo and that cigar to light.
A little variation on the tradition after beating Tennessee. I'll allow it.
In what surely will sound like The Most Lane Kiffin Thing Ever, Kiffin walked out of the University of Phoenix Stadium on Monday night only to see the team's four buses pulling away. Kiffin was in mid-sentence, talking about his relationship with Alabama QB— "My bus is leaving," Kiffin said. "That's not good."
It wasn't that long ago that we HATED this guy. Kiffin needs to name his next kid after Saban.
"I'll take a lot of wisdom from Coach (Nick) Saban," Smart said. "I'll take a lot of wisdom from a great university and looking forward to going to a great university, which is also my alma mater. This is a special moment for me and my family. All my family's really known is Tuscaloosa. We've been there for nine years. I have kids that are 7 and 3, so it makes it a special place."
And what a great nine years it has been. Best of luck to Smart... except when he plays Bama.
This is the fifth time Alabama has won a national title without being ranked No. 1 during the regular season.
The final rankings after #1 and #2 might surprise you.
What a great year it has been. We at RBR have enjoyed sharing it with you. We will allow you more than 24 hours to celebrate but catch our coverage of basketball, gymnastics, baseball, softball and more. Brent and CB will be revving up recruiting coverage with National Signing Day only three weeks away!