No.1 Alabama Crimson Tide won the CFP national title, dismantling the No.3 Ohio State Buckeyes in the finals, 52-24.
Those lucky fans at the Hard Rock Stadium had a chance to see one-sided domination of the perfect champions whose performance in tonight’s match was for the school books.
The Heisman Trophy winner, DeVonta Smith, was unstoppable, and he solved the game already in the first half, catching 12 passes for 215 yards and three touchdowns. Smith didn’t have to work in the second half, as the pretty much killed all the morale of the Buckeyes’ defense, allowing his team to close the game routinely. He would leave the game with an injury, but came back to celebrate with his teammates in the final period.
All his stats wouldn’t be possible without Mac Jones’ near-perfect game. Roll Tide’s QB had 464 passing yards, completing 36 of his 45 passes for five touchdowns. He set the championship game record in yards passed.
As time goes by, the young QB received more and more appreciation for his work, and it wouldn’t be odd to see him among the top 10 picks at the upcoming draft.
Najee Harris was also unreal. Bama’s star running back had three scores as well, two rushing and one receiving, recording 79 yards apiece through the air and on the ground. He would make this night a perfect one for the 2017 recruitment class, with all three guys who arrived that year, Jones, Smith, and him, playing the last game for the Crimson Tide.
On the other side, Ohio State’s quarterback and one of the top prospects, Justin Fields, couldn’t do much, ending the match with 194 yards and one TD pass, 17-of-33. He ran for six times adding 67 yards on the ground, but was alone in his scoring efforts.
Master Teague III was the only one besides him who managed to do some damage to Alabama’s defense, with two rushing TDs. Trey Sermon, who was expected to be the top rushing threat for the champs, was injured on his first snap of the game, and that happened to be a colossal handicap for the Buckeyes.
Nick Saban won his seventh title with Alabama, becoming the most successful head coach in the NCAA history. He jumped over one other Alabama legend, Paul “Bear” Bryant.