DeVonta Smith was uncoverable, Najee Harris unstoppable and Mac Jones impeccable.
Alabama won in a rout, which was a fitting end for a team that won all but one game by double-digits this season. "But I think we're going to come out with our hair on fire and play as hard as we possibly can and go from there". "There is more togetherness on this team than on nearly any team we've ever had".
"He's just done a fantastic job this year", Alabama coach Nick Saban said.
The celebration was at once familiar and unique. That made it appropriate he was at the center of the championship trophy celebration, to applause from masked, socially distancing Crimson Tide fans scattered around the stadium. It's a rite of passage if you have played for Saban. "The best outcome for the book would be for Ohio State to pull off an upset", said Jason Scott, VP of Trading for BetMGM. He left the field holding his left shoulder, went to the locker room and then off to the hospital.The game might have been different with Sermon, who ran to a school-record 524 yards over the past two games, in the Ohio State attack.
Buckeyes running back Trey Sermon is having an Ezekiel Elliott-esque postseason with shades of the now-Dallas Cowboys back's eye-popping performances last time OSU won it all, topping Alabama and OR in the first CFP to conclude the 2014 season. Just one of Alabama's 13 games were decided by fewer than 17 points. "I can't even put it into words what a great job he's done and how much confidence the players have in the plan and the execution. We don't stop. We just keep reloading".
Defensively, Alabama has shown flashes of good play in the first quarter but appeared locked in during key spots of the game.
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"It just kind of emphasizes the point of just how chaotic this past three, four, five months have been", said OSU coach Ryan Day.
In the 49-28 win over Clemson in the semifinal game, Fields cemented himself in Ohio State lore when he came back on the field and threw a touchdown pass after taking the vicious hit to the ribs. That includes three starters, two of them on the defensive line.
"I think there's a lot of folks out there that we need to thank for making the season be what it is".
While some watch the game on TV, others like Tommy Ray will actually be at Hard Rock Stadium.
But the challenges college football faced in navigating the pandemic were unique, as Heisman Trophy victor DeVonta Smith noted after catching three touchdown passes to lead Alabama to victory. Saban said Sunday that Waddle practiced to "some degree" and whether he plays will be a game-time decision.