Congratulations Alabama on winning the 2018 NCAA CFP Championship
The NCAA Football season has wrapped up with an exciting National Championship game between SEC teams Alabama vs Georgia at the newly minted Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Georgia. The game was filles with big hits and big plays, but ultimately it was Alabama who came out victorious 26-23. Honestly, neither team gave up and didn't hold anything back as they fought until the final seconds ticked off the clock and then some. In the end it was the true freshman, Tua Tagovailoa, who not only won the game, but turned it into an exciting ending.
Both teams were evenly sized up throughout the first half as neither team was able to find the end zone. Georgia was able to move the ball with quarterback Jake Fromm and running back Michel showing classic football moves. Alabama had no response for their offense and played on their heels for most of the first half. It definitely looked as if big bad Alabama was going to get run off the field early. This game looked as if it was Georgia's game to lose as Alabama had ,o answer in the first half.
And then we hit halftime with a performance by Kendrick Lamar. Now, even though he was the performing artist, he did not perform inside the stadium but instead right outside. Meaning you could go to the game or go to the concert, but not both.
Coming out of halftime the game got interesting as Alabama decided to bench their starting quarterback Jalen Hurts for red shirt true freshman Tua Tagovailoa of Hawaii. Before this game, Tagovailoa had never played a college down, but was named #1 quarterback coming out of high school. He showed why he deserved that ranking as he came in and brought Alabama back. Tagovailoa used both his legs and his arm to bring about not only the tying drive, but the winning throw in overtime. He showed confidence and poise for stepping in during the biggest game of the season and pulling off the improbable win.
With the game tied 20-20 and the final seconds ticking off the clock, Alabama set up for the winning field goal. All was lost for Georgia, until the kicker shanked the ball wide left and sent the game into overtime. Georgia got the ball first and tried their best to score, but Alabama defense stood strong and held them to a field goal. That left Alabama's offense to take the field and riding the freshman quarterback to victory. Tagovailoa heaved a 40 yard winning touchdown pass and cementing Alabama's name as National Champions.
Now, most people like to hate on Alabama because they always win and are always ranked near the top of every AP poll. Tonight, they proved why they should be ranked at the top in the most dramatic way possible. Georgia had their shot in overtime, but just like the start of the game, couldn't punch it in the end zone and had to settle for a field goal. The second half belonged to Alabama and true freshman Tua Tagovailoa. It's safe to say that the expectations have never been higher for the newly minted quarterback and Alabama. Roll Tide.