Alabama won its third national championship in four years 42-14 and it wasn’t even that close.
Some of us so-called experts thought 9½ points were a bargain for Notre Dame. It should have been 29.
You could hear the cries from Eugene, who claimed all along that Oregon should have been in the title game and not the Irish. Well, they were absolutely right. As championship games go, this was one of the worst of all time. Notre Dame was more like Notre Lame.
It was a good old fashioned butt kicking. It was Mike Tyson-Michael Spinks, George Foreman-Joe Frazier, Usain Bolt vs anybody. It was awful.
The SEC has now won seven straight national championships. And there’s no reason to think it won’t be eight with the emergence of Texas A&M and Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel. The Aggies handed Bama its only loss and it came in Tuscaloosa. Next season, A&M hosts Bama.
Georgia came within four points and 10 yards of beating the Crimson Tide in the SEC championship game. Florida, LSU and South Carolina also figure to be ranked in the preseason Top 10. It’s not inconceivable the five SEC teams can all rank 1-5.
Alabama coach Nick Saban is now on equal football footing with the legendary Paul Bear Bryant, who won six national championships in Tuscaloosa. Saban has 4, one with LSU and 3 with the Crimson Tide.
AJ McCarron, whose girlfriend (Miss Alabama USA) went from 2,000 tweats to nearly 100,000 after the game, was 20 of 28 for 264 yards and four TDs.
Eddie Lacy ran for 140 yards, one TD and dozens of missed Notre Dame tackles. Amari Cooper had six catches for 105 yards and two TDs.
Linebacker Manti T’eo looked like anything but a Heisman Trophy runnerup. The vaunted Irish defense was defenseless. Having allowed only two rushing touchdowns all season, the Irish gave up that many in less than 16 minutes.
Mark Mayer has over 35 years covering sports events and is the sports editor at GT. Reach him at [email protected].