"I know at Alabama, there's always an opportunity to win", Hurts said.
Backup quarterback Jalen Hurts took over for Heisman Trophy candidate Tua Tagovailoa at the beginning of the fourth quarter - but it was because the starter was injured. Tagovailoa has been the best player in college football this season, but the sophomore's ankle injury forced him out of the Georgia game and required minor surgery.
"It kind of feels like I'm breaking my silence", Hurts said. The then-starting quarterback watched helplessly from the sidelines as freshman quarterback Tua Tagovailoa filled in for him-and ended up having a dazzling performance that all but won the game for the Crimson Tide. One impressive Saban trend that stands out when looking at this game is that Alabama is 5-1 against the spread when playing on a neutral field as a favorite of 10.5 to 14 points.
Alabama's Nick Saban joined Pittsburgh coach Pat Narduzzi as the only Coaches Poll No. 1 votes for Clemson in Sunday's final poll. Most think that the Crimson Tide would still find a way to be in the playoffs as the fourth seed, which would certainly make for some interesting talks ahead.
This was another galling loss for Saban's former assistant, Kirby Smart.
Top-ranked Alabama, No. 2 Clemson and No. 3 Notre Dame are all expected to land berths in the four-team College Football Playoff when the field is announced on Sunday.
This time, Jalen Hurts was the quarterback who came off the bench to rescue Alabama.
-Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State, threw for 499 yards and added five more TD passes to his single-season record, helping the No. 6 Buckeyse hold off a second-half charge from No. 21 Northwestern for a 45-24 victory. Alabama might not be able to completely shut the Sooners down, but the Tide will get enough stops in the end.
Welcome to championship weekend, college football fans!