Story by Lorenzo Serrato, Sports Editor
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Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide coveted yet another National Championship, knocking off No. 3 Ohio State Buckeyes 52-24. This is Alabama’s 12th National Championship, and sixth under head coach Nick Saban.
With the Coronavirus impacting much of college athletics, the National Championship had a unique look this year. In a year full of uncertainty, the college football season was adequately able to wrap up, playing the final game of the season at the Hard Rock Stadium, in Miami, Florida.
DeVonta Smith, Najee Harris, and Mac Jones were virtually unstoppable, leading Alabama all season long with a record of 13-0. Smith, the 2020 Heisman Trophy winner, dominated in all facets of the game, with 105 receptions, and 1,641 yards this season.
On the losing end, Justin Fields and the Buckeyes finished the season at 7-1. Unfortunately, this impressive season wasn’t enough to take down the undefeated Alabama squad, who simply could not be stopped this year.
The beginning of the game was quickly lead by Smith, who in the first 30 minutes accumulated 12 catches, 215 yards and three touchdowns. Later in the second half, Smith was derailed with a hand injury, which halted his record setting game. In total, the Alabama offense totaled 621 yards, even without their best player in the latter part of the game.
Arguably the best team under Nick Saban, the Tide put together a memorable season during an unprecedented time during the struggles with COVID-19. “This team accomplished more than any team…I think there’s quite a bit to write about when it comes to the legacy of this team”, said Saban.
Saban continued to say, “There is more togetherness on this team than on almost any team we’ve ever had. They’ve had to overcome and to persevere so much through this season, and they have done it magnificently.”
DeVonta Smith also had a message following his teams magnificent performance: “People last year said the dynasty was over. We don’t stop. We just keep reloading.”
While Saban has coached many excellent teams throughout his tenure with Alabama, this group of individuals raised the bar, and came together at the right time. Needless to say, the National Champions continue to impress.