With all due respect to the houndstooth-hat legend, Paul "Bear" Bryant, and the six national titles he won roaming the Alabama sideline, Saban has surpassed them all for the No. 1 mantle. When faced with tough times, quarterbacks from both teams displayed extraordinary grace and humility. With that TD, and his second half performance, he went from being the back-up to Jalen Hurts, or the Alabama quarterback with the hard-to-pronounce last name, to Tua Tagovailoa, whose name dominated national news, with anchors across the country finally saying it right (or at least trying to).
The last few Alabama national championship wins weren't as exciting. With a year of starting experience under his belt, Bryant could be ready to take a big step forward next season.
Unlike Hurts, Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm didn't walk away with a national title, but he didn't wallow in the loss.
Alabama's Nick Saban is part-magician, part-brilliant architect of the greatest college football dynasty in history.
Georgia's early enrollees will be able to participate in these strength and conditioning workouts. Alabama is the first preseason No. 1 to finish atop the final poll since USC in 2004. "I think all year long we had lots of confidence in Tua, and we played him so that, if this situation occurred, that he would be ready to play".
In 2015, USC played in the Pac-12 championship game with an 8-4 record.
Download the free Bleacher Report app to catch all the moments that matter in one place. The freshman stayed in the game for Bama's next possession and led a 56-yard scoring drive. But when Thomas returned the favor after the Crimson Tide pulled off a comeback thriller in Monday's National Championship game, he wasn't actually expecting Saban to answer. And that's what Smart is trying to have in Athens.
If there was an eight-team playoff this year, who would the eighth team be? He slid between three Georgia defenders as quarterback Tua Tagovailoa rolled left and fired a dart Ridley hauled in with 3:49 left to tie things at 20. "But we stay on top of customer service".
"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.
"No, I felt it was going to come my way", Smith said.
Tagovailoa let the world know with that touchdown pass in overtime to DeVonte Smith. "A lot of fire".
Alabama made the most of the opportunity.
Much as in the NFL and NBA, the two biggest strongholds of Trump opposition in sports, black athletes make up a sizable majority of the players in major college football. The wins over Texas (2009), LSU (2011) and Notre Dame (2012) were comfortable on the conservative end - blowouts with the Tigers and Irish.
Ever since the CFP committee decided who would make up the four-team playoff field in late December, controversy about who deserved the final spot has run rampant throughout the nation. This is the lowest possible rating for a business.
After Monday night's game, Fromm and others paid tribute to a senior class led by tailbacks Nick Chubb and Sony Michel.