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With only 3:56 left to play in the game, Alabama head coach Nick Saban elected to go for the touchdown instead of the field goal. It appeared to finally halt the Tide's momentum after a predictable comeback and possibly open the door for Georgia to win their first national title since 1980.

Saban now has six major poll national championships, including one at LSU, matching the record set by the man who led Alabama's last dynasty, coach Paul Bear Bryant.

A quarterback battle seems inevitable.

Among them is how to finish - whether it was the game in general after twice holding a 13-point leads, 13-0 at halftime and 20-7 late in the third quarter.

This game was also the first ever to go into overtime. On the previous play in overtime, and up three, Georgia outside linebacker Davin Bellamy and defensive end Jonathan Ledbetter sacked Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa for a 16-yard loss.

Even with a freshman quarterback, Clemson will join Alabama in the CFP.

The thrilling contest had a slew of storylines but none were more important than the example of sportsmanship displayed by a pair of Alabama players - both bad and good.

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.

"I couldn't sleep because, if I slept, I would have never woken up to come to this thing", he said. He did so against Saban's defensive disciple, Kirby Smart, whose team had held Heisman victor Baker Mayfield and the best offense in the country to just seven offensive points in the second half of their Rose Bowl win.

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". The one simulation I used for stats was a game UCF won Milton went 21-39 283 yards 3 TDs with no picks.

Meanwhile, at least seven players are considering leaving early to enter the National Football League draft, Saban said. The coach said he spoke to seven players who are considering leaving early to enter the National Football League draft. But he understands that championships create "a lifelong legacy that everybody lives with".

Cubelic said the high ratings are a sign that the system is working. "You see what hard work does for you".

"You don't remember the wins, you remember the losses", he said. It becomes a part of the legacy of that team.

"I don't know how Coach Saban found me all the way in Hawaii from Alabama", Tagovailoa said. Freshman quarterback Jake Fromm described the final minutes as "a total rollercoaster", but said the players will recover. It was one of many officiating errors from Monday night's Big 10 crew, which probably merits its own story.

Tagovailoa tricked the safety, one of two safeties playing back in split coverage, into thinking he would throw to the quarterback's right.

Georgia had no reason to fear overtime with the national championship on the line.

"As long as I feel like I can do a good job for the players and the team - from an energy level, from a focus level, from a concentration level, from providing a good staff of people around them to help them have success", Saban said. You can't look at me and tell me any of those teams deserve another chance at the national championship. He won them with Joe Namath dropping back throwing when people never, ever did it.

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