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Georgia Bulldogs upbeat about future despite disappointment of national title game loss

Nick Saban surprises Justin Thomas by actually answering congratulatory phone call after Alabama win

"I feel like people, they'll remember this Georgia team".

The week before, the Georgia-Oklahoma college football semi-final was a more popular television event than the much-anticipated game between Clemson and Alabama. "He just has incredible arm talent". After the Crimson Tide's win, UCF put a billboard up in Tuscaloosa challenging Alabama to a home-and-home series. You've had time to learn how to pronounce the last name - "You say tongue first, O-VY-LO-A", Tua Tagovailoa once explained - you just learned. There's no better answer for the eighth team in this scenario than there is for the Alabama-Ohio State debate.

Along with Tagovailoa, the newcomers included three wide receivers who drew superlatives from Palet's former teammates. If it turns out those are traits exemplified by the program under Smart, and not just this team, I have no doubt that we'll be right back where we were Monday night again soon, and next time we'll know what it takes slay our demons. We recruit great guys here and great players.

Alabama head coach Nick Saban jokes with Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (13) during a press conference at the [ENTER VENUE].

When asked about his halftime demotion, Hurts replied with a smile on his face, "I knew he was going to step in and do his thing". "I wasn't surprised that he played".

A true freshman quarterback - Jake Fromm - took over for an exceptional quarterback in Jacob Eason, who suffered a knee injury in the Bulldogs' season opener against Appalachian State.

He finished 14 for 24 for 166 yards.

Maybe you've rewatched that game and figured it looked the same the second time as it did the first, but while covering the game, I felt Alabama was lucky to get to overtime.

And make no mistake, there was plenty of pain in the Bulldogs' lockerroom following their 26-23 overtime loss before 77,430 fans at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

In all frankness, I was pulling for the Bulldogs, but mostly for an entertaining game, which we all got. Hopefully, the safety falls for it.

"I couldn't sleep because, if I slept, I would have never woken up to come to this thing", he said. He acquitted himself well given the circumstances, but the circumstances were very much against him.

The lefty's playmaking, which included a powerful short-yardage run, invoked comparisons to Pro Football Hall of Fame lefty quarterbacks such as Steve Young and Kenny Stabler, the latter a Tide alum.

In the National Championship Game, Hardman had a huge effort, running for a touchdown and also catching an incredible 80-yard touchdown pass, tiptoeing the sideline and making it all the way to the end zone.

Najee Harris, who averaged 10.7 yards per carry: freshman. Tagovailoa was supposed to sit, like four of the previous five games.

It took Georgia 35 years to get into the position it was in Monday night-one win away from the national championship.

Palet noted that Hurt, an excellent rusher, had guided the Tide to a 25-2 record while directing the offense to 61 touchdowns.

It set the stage for a quarterback competition between Tagovailoa and Hurts, who is 26-2 as a starter and has helped Alabama make two title game appearances. "We played him a lot in a lot of games this year, and he did very well".

After being scolded by Saban, the redshirt sophomore apparently didn't like what one of his own assistant coaches, director of player development Kerry Stevenson, had to say to him and then made a decision to lunge after him on the sideline, too.

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