Published January 8, 2013 - 12:00am
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So this is what a dynasty looks like.
Alabama officially wins its third national championship in four years and becomes the first team of the BCS era to win back-to-back national championships, something Miami, Florida or Southern Cal never could accomplish. It’s like Nick Saban is coaching an epic team on rookie level on PlaySation. What he’s done at Alabama is unfathomable with so much parity in college football today.
So much was made about Notre Dame’s defense before tonight. And in hindsight, the performance they put together and the case I made for them leading up to the game is almost laughable. Guilty as charged. Alabama rolled up 529 offensive yards tonight, with 265 of them on the ground against the best red zone defense in the country.
Manti Te’o was non-existent every time Bama put a hat on him in the running game. He missed more tackles than he made and looked lost throughout the game. Jadeveon Clowney and Jarvis Jones want their hardware back, please.
What it means: The Tide just became the first national champion to repeat in the BCS era. Saban has won three championships in four years, outscoring his opponents 63-14 in the last two championships. Alabama only loses nine seniors, though some juniors are likely to go pro. This is what a real dynasty looks like, and the way they seemingly dominated the game from the very first snap is amazing.
Who’s the man? How about who are the men? The three of AJ McCarron, Eddie Lacy and Amari Cooper brought their games tonight. McCarron finished 20 of 28 for 264 yards and four touchdowns. Lacy finished with 20 carries for 140 yards and one touchdown, and Cooper finished with six catches for 105 yards and two touchdowns.
#1? Alabama not only finishes #1 this season, but they could very well open as the #1 ranked team in the country next preseason. This team loses only nine guaranteed starters, depending on if DJ Fluker and Eddie Lacy enter the NFL Draft as underclassmen. The Tide are the overwhelming favorite in 2013 with plenty of talent returning.
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