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ESPN's Mark Schlabach Predicts 2018 College Football Playoff Field

ESPN's Mark Schlabach Predicts 2018 College Football Playoff Field

The saying "it was a tale of two halves" could not have been more true on Monday for the Crimson Tide. This play will be remembered as one of the few positive first-half plays for the Tide, however.

"I think it was a good move [Hurts] was benched", Rossiter said.

After Alabama kicker Andy Pappanastos missed a 36-yard field goal that would have won it for the Tide (13-1) in the final seconds of regulation, Georgia (13-2) took the lead with a 51-yard field goal from Rodrigo Blankenship in overtime. Because of this debate, many have stated they think that expanding the playoff would solve these debates, and would give more teams a chance to win.

Alabama shouldn't be a surprise, although they may have a quarterback controversy brewing with the emergence of Tua Tagovailoa. After receiving a handoff, he bounced outside off the left tackle, broke an ankle tackle and scampered for 35 yards before being run out of bounds. The Knights not only won their conference, but also beat Auburn in the Peach Bowl to become the only FBS team to go undefeated this season.

For one night, at least, the focus was on the football. I'm so happy for Alabama fans. Like Alabama, OSU will lose a number of major players to the NFL, but the inherent talent base and the addition of former Washington State assistant Alex Grinch as co-defensive coordinator will keep Urban Meyer and his team among the nation's elite. They flew back to Athens the very next day, and didn't even really get their feet solidly back on the ground until Wednesday.

This play was also blown by the officiating crew. Every single game matters if you want to win the national championship. "So, I thank God for that". We wouldn't have gotten the witness the exciting story of Tagovailoa use his left arm, churning legs and electric competitive nature to rally his team to a national championship. Tagovailoa played with poise and the momentum shifted towards the Tide. It is comparatively harder for him than it was maybe for a Paul "Bear" Bryant of Alabama. And all the time, God is good.

"The record-breaking audiences, over the course of multiple years, clearly reinforce how the College Football Playoff has quickly established itself as an elite event on the sports calendar", Burke Magnus, ESPN's executive vice president of programming and scheduling, said in a statement. "The two lower seed teams win, the one team that everyone debated shouldn't be in, actually goes on to win it". "It's either championship or bust". Alabama was without OLB Anfernee Jennings and RG Lester Connor, who both suffered knee injuries in the Sugar Bowl, and LT Jonah Williams had to leave early in the third quarter.

"She and her little brother were making snow angels in the confetti on the field, and they saw them talking to Jeremy".

It's going to be very difficult to bench Hurts.

You could tell from the way Saban reacted and sounded in the postgame, this was the most satisfying of all his national championships. Tagovailoa was supposed to sit, like four of the previous five games.

It's just food for thought. With his offense spinning its wheels and his defense gasping for breath, Saban got to halftime and decided it was Tua time. The Buckeyes will have to survive three difficult road games to stay in CFP contention in 2018: TCU (in Arlington, Texas), Penn State and Michigan State.

He won his sixth title Monday night with an 18 year old freshman from Hawaii (Tua Tagovailoa) throwing a 41 yard touchdown pass to another true freshman from Louisiana (DeVonta Smith).