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Georgia finishes second in final Amway Coaches Poll

Georgia finishes second in final Amway Coaches Poll

Nick Saban saved his best for No. 6.

"[It shows] he's doing one hell of a job and he's getting it done", Fisher said of Saban's latest national title win. "Throughout that process we got the ball, it looked like they were running two-trap, the corner trapped on that single receiver side and I held the safety in the middle as the over was coming, and I looked back out and [Smith] was wide open and I hit him and here we are now".

Meanwhile, NBC's "Today" was the most popular morning news show on Hoda Kotb's first week as co-host of the first two hours with Savannah Guthrie, just as it was before her appointment - when she subbed for the fired Matt Lauer.

"Any competitor would not accept (benching) willingly, but as a team player, he was very supportive of Tua in the second half (and) I think he helped him in every way", Saban said of Hurts. It would spark greater interest during the regular season since more teams would have a chance to make the playoffs. It happens far too many times people call [the game] too early. Do the math: In the past nine-plus seasons, Alabama has been No. 1 in 48.1 percent of its games. "No disrespect to Jalen, but ..." He responded with a 41-yard touchdown pass to fellow freshman DeVonta Smith to touch off the latest confetti-dripping celebration for Alabama a year after absorbing a last-second loss to Clemson in the championship game. Georgia went on offense first in overtime and, after Jake Fromm took a huge sack, the Bulldogs settled for Ricardo Blankenship's 51-yard field goal. The drive ended in a crucial field goal from Pappanastos. Georgia sniffed out a screen pass, Tagovailoa couldn't pick up his next option and Georgia dumped the youngster for a 16-yard loss. He is 26-2 as the Alabama starter, but how can Tagovailoa not play? With the win against Georgia head coach - and former Alabama assistant - Kirby Smart, Saban improves to 12-0 against his former staffers in his tenure as Alabama's head coach.

Saban didn't have to make that move. "When you carry yourself that way it's important that you remember that you represent much more than yourself, and I think he understands it".

And, really, Saban has the edge.

Alabama's offense did nothing for the rest of the quarter.

In the official game program for the Dollar General Bowl between Toledo and Appalachian State, a history page listed 26 of the Rockets' 27 all-time coaches. Some skeptics on Twitter say the president appeared to miss some lines of the anthem as he sang.

Other players on the rise are wide receivers Riley Ridley, who had a career-high six catches for 87 yards against Alabama, and Mecole Hardman, who scored on a 1-yard run and 80-yard pass. In 2014, Ohio State defeated Alabama and Oregon en route to the title.

Georgia's early enrollees will be able to participate in these strength and conditioning workouts.

Georgia started overtime with Fromm making a freshman mistake, taking a 13-yard sack on third down.

Monday night was supposed to be a celebration for a school that's been waiting since 1980 to claim another national football championship. Baker Mayfield is gone, but Kyler Murray is ready to take over.

Alabama forced a quick three-and-out from Georgia after Ridley's score and, behind Tagovailoa's steady hand, drove 48 yards to the Bulldogs 17.

"Every team wants to be successful", he said.

Tagovailoa entered the game at halftime, replacing a struggling Jalen Hurts, and threw three touchdown passes to give the Crimson Tide its fifth national championship since 2009 under coach Nick Saban.