The 2020-2021 College Football season almost didn’t happen. Most Division I teams played a strict, conference-only schedule, while BIG 10 schools like Ohio State only played six regular season games.
In the midst of a global pandemic, however, college football players demonstrated their passion and perseverance, providing fans with one of the most entertaining College Football Playoffs to date.
On New Years Day, Alabama handled Notre Dame in the Rose Bowl, 31-14. Heisman winner DeVonta Smith finished with three touchdowns. In a rematch from the 2019 Fiesta Bowl, Ohio State avenged their loss by defeating Clemson, 49-28. QB1 Justin Fields threw for 385 yards and six touchdowns.
Monday night, the 2021 National Championship showcased Alabama’s offensive weapons that broke records all season long. Their triple threat of Mac Jones, Najee Harris, and DeVonta Smith was unstoppable, and all three players could have been seriously considered for the Heisman award.
DeVonta Smith broke the CFB Championship record for receptions (12) and touchdowns (3) in the first half alone, and was 7 yards short of breaking the receiving yards record before suffering a finger injury that sidelined him for the remainder of the game.
Nick Saban won his CFB-record seventh ring, including his sixth with Alabama:
Mac Jones also broke a CFP Championship record, throwing for 464 yards and finishing 36/45 on passing attempts.
In the end, Alabama’s triple threat of Jones, Harris, and Smith—combined with Saban’s expertise coaching—powered the Crimson Tide to their fourth National Championship since the CFB Playoff was created in 2014.
Many sports fans have already compared the 2020 Alabama team to the dominant 2019 LSU team, who are already making their marks in the NFL through standout rookies like Joe Burrow, Clyde Edwards-Helaire, and Justin Jefferson.
No matter who would win that matchup, it is safe to say this year’s Alabama football team was one of Saban’s greatest teams, as well as one of the greatest college football teams in the sport’s history.