Roll, Tide, roll

Alabama obliterates OSU 52-24, wins National Championship (again)


The George F. Landegger Collection of Alabama Photographs in Carol M. Highsmith's America, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division. Gift; George F. Landegger; 2010; (DLC/PP-2010:090).

Since the 1930s, Big Al, the Alabama Crimson Tide football team mascot has cheered the team to victory at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Matt McGrath, Staff Writer

After a controversial playoff setting was implemented, many a fan was concerned about the committee’s format, in reference to how many teams get the playoff bid, which teams should’ve gotten in, etc.

Many feared we’d see Alabama duel out the National Championship against No. 2-ranked Clemson Tigers, and that the playoff format needed to fix the problem at hand: getting Alabama and Clemson’s redundant championship appearance altered.

They got their wish, to a degree, when the 6-0 Ohio State Buckeyes knocked down Clemson in the Sugar Bowl.

However, it was the same old Crimson and White stepping in on the other side of the field, led by offensive superstars and award winners Najee Harris and Mac Jones and Heisman winner Devonta Smith. It was business as usual for Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide, as Saban added yet another title to his name.

The game seemed virtually over by halftime, solely due to the lackluster performance by Shaun Wade and his defensive counterparts. It seemed as though every play the ball was thrown in Wade’s direction, you could anticipate a touchdown more frequently than a pass break-up.

By halftime, things had gotten out of hand, with RB Najee Harris pummeling defenders en route to two touchdowns in the first thirty minutes, as well as three by Heisman winning receiver Devonta Smith, who also chalked up 12 receptions and over 200 yards, setting records with ease. Keep in mind this was all halftime, trailing by 18 with 30 minutes left for OSU to change the course of CFB history, in arguably one of the most notable and memorable seasons the league has ever seen.

However, it seemed as though it just kept getting worse. Saban kept his foot on the gas as the blue bloods kept rolling. Alabama’s third-string RB even got in on the action, tallying many yards per carry, as well as fourth-in-line WR Slade Bolden, who caught a TD in the second half to do all but officially win the game. This all took place after star WR Devonta Smith left the game just before halftime, from what seemed to be a broken finger injury. Another stellar performance came from the likes of quarterback Mac Jones, with over 450 yards in the air, as well as five passing touchdowns.

This Alabama team is one to remember for a long time, and deservedly so. After the Tide reigned victors showered in confetti, first-half stud Devonta was gifted another award for his trophy case, as the game’s Most Valuable Player. Saban was smothered in blue Gatorade, dumped on him by his players, and they partied it up all night in the locker room with teammates and old alumni.

Though this blue-blood match-up may not have been what we were hoping for, the season is concluded. Rejuvenation, new coaches, recruiting classes, uniforms, and more will take heed as the offseason begins to come to fruition. What a journey it’s been for a crazy (but wonderful) year of college football.

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