2018-01-10 / Sports


College football is over, now what?

2018 is only one week old and, so far, it’s provided the sports world with an incredibly entertaining college landscape.

As an excellent end to a great college football season, Alabama proved yet again to be the best team in the nation after coming back from a 13-0 halftime deficit to defeat Georgia 26-23. Georgia looked unstoppable in the first half, but there was a feeling in the air that the Crimson Tide wouldn’t be denied for the entire game. I never believed for one second that Georgia would run away with the game, even with the halftime lead, and I’m sure that I wasn’t alone in thinking that 13 points was not a safe enough lead for the Bulldogs.

The game itself was wildly entertaining and it was great to watch as the two true freshman quarterbacks, Tua Tagovailoa of Alabama and Jake Fromm of Georgia, battled backand forth in the second half. Nick Saban’s genius again showed as he made the correct adjustments at halftime to put his team in a position to win; avenging last season’s last-second loss to Clemson in the National Championship.

Saban made a gutsy call to switch quarterbacks at the half, and it was clear after the first few possessions that it was the right move. Tagovailoa entered the game and gave Alabama the spark it needed to get back into the game, finishing 14-of-24 with 166 yards passing and three touchdowns in the biggest game of the year.

The win gives Saban his sixth National Championship, tying him with Bear Bryant for the most all-time as a coach, propelling him even more in the forefront of the conversation of who the all-time best college coach could be. Personally, I believe this win has cemented Saban’s legacy, if it hasn’t already been cemented, as I doubt we will see another dominant run like we have with Alabama over the last decade for quite some time.

Now, with the football season at a close, everyone’s focus will shift toward the college basketball season, which looks as though it will provide just as much excitement as the final few weeks of the college football season has.

Last week, we got a glimpse into the unpredictability of college basketball as eight of the nation’s top-ten teams lost. Perhaps the most surprising of these losses was from our very own Michigan State Spartans, who were ranked No. 1 in the nation and lost to an unranked Ohio State team on the road on Sunday.

Michigan State entered the game with a 14-game winning streak and was one of the hottest teams around, outscoring its opponents by an average of 44.6 points per game over its previous five games. It was a surprising loss, but one that shouldn’t affect Tom Izzo’s team in the long run. I think that everyone can see the Spartans are poised for a deep tournament run this year, and with college football over with, we can all watch carefully as Izzo guns for his third national championship.

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