In college football, it’s best to enjoy the journey. The ending? Well, those tend to be pretty predictable.
On Saturday, Alabama topped Florida and was crowned champion of the SEC again, for the fifth time in seven years of the College Football Playoff. The Tide’s trio of offensive superstars took turns making their respective Heisman cases, with Mac Jones throwing for 418 yards and five TDs, Najee Harris rushing for 178 yards and DeVonta Smith catching 15 passes — 16 if you count fielding Florida’s final onside kick try. Still, the Gators fought back, over and over, getting up off the floor to deliver one more blow before the clock finally ran out.
“It was probably good for us to be in a dogfight,” Alabama coach Nick Saban said afterward, “and we were definitely in one tonight.”