Day 2 in 31 Days of Project 30!
I’ve written before about what it means to be an Alabama fan. It’s a special thing, and as the rest of the SEC (and the Nation, really) continues to love to hate Alabama in large part due to our continued dominance (it’s true, you can’t dispute facts), we’ve almost become the Yankees of college football. On Saturday, Alabama had the chance to write our ticket to the BCS National Championship Game, which will take place in Miami on January 7. The SEC Championship has become a defacto play in to the title game and this year it would be either Alabama or Georgia moving to the Championship Game. I knew that this game would be wrought with emotion on both sides. Georgia had turned their season around after a 35-7 rout at the hands of South Carolina early in the season. Alabama had new life after a 29-24 loss to Texas A&M that had the potential to end their National Championship hopes. Both teams have suffocating defenses and respect the heck out of each other. Personally, I have a lot of friends and family that are Georgia fans. I’ve been to numerous games between the hedges and I respect Georgia. When they are not playing Alabama, I wish them well. But I just knew that Alabama was the stronger team and quietly predicted we would put the game away early in the 4th quarter.
Yeah, that was so not what happened. The game was a brutal back and forth that looked like the winning team would be the last team holding the ball. With the score at 32-28 Bama, there was 45 seconds left and Georgia had the ball. As we all watched with baited breath and stomachs tied in knots, Georgia made a critical mistake and instead of spiking the ball and regrouping, Murray threw a pass that was caught at the five yard line. With five seconds left, that was it. The confetti fell, I was able to breathe again and Alabama was going to its third BCS Championship Game in four years. It was a great game and I know Georgia fans are disappointed, but I hope they are also proud of their team. They should be.
I can’t WAIT until January 7 – Notre Dame better be careful. We will be ready. I leave you with some screenshots following the game last night. As always, roll tide!
Nick Saban. Is there a more devise man in college football? We (Bama fans) love him. Others despise him. But no matter how you feel, you have to respect the man. He is the highest paid coach in college football for a reason!
Eddie Lacy and TJ Yeldon are such a great team.
And, finally the score. What a game.