Warrior Weekly: Reflection on College Football National Championship Game

WSPNs Max Brande and Jimmy Paugh discuss and analyze the 2021 College Football Playoff National Championship game.

WSPN’s Max Brande and Jimmy Paugh discuss and analyze the 2021 College Football Playoff National Championship game.

Going into the National Championship game, Bear Bryant and Nick Saban, both Alabama coaches, were tied for the most National Championships won as a head coach with six wins. After the Alabama Crimson Tide beat the Ohio State Buckeyes 52-24 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Fl, a new page in history was written. Nick Saban passed coach Bear Bryant for the most national championships won as a head coach in the Bowl Championship Series (BCS). Alabama helped coach Saban reach this prestigious honor in amazing fashion as they beat Ohio State by almost 30 points.

This game was simply a star-studded affair from the Crimson Tide as they pummeled Ohio State throughout the entire game. Mac Jones hasn’t quite had the collegiate career most quarterbacks want to have, as he sat behind Jalen Hurts and Tua Tagovailoa for most of his time at Alabama.

When the Mac Jones and Jerry Jeudy combo dismantled Michigan last year in the Citrus Bowl, it was a good sign for Alabama fans as they knew that Tua Tagovailoa was out the door and headed to the NFL draft. Jones needed to have the game of his career against Ohio State: he did just that. Jones threw for 464 yards, five touchdown passes and no interceptions. One of the best performances of his career in the national championship of all games.

On the other side of the ball, Christian Barmore and the Alabama defensive crew did their part to secure the win just as much as the offense. Critics knew that there were two offensive powerhouses meeting up in this game, meaning that whichever team’s defense can shut things down would be more likely to win. Alabama held an offense with Justin Fields, Trey Sermon, Chris Olave, Master Teague III and Garrett Wilson to just three touchdowns and a field goal.

Justin Fields was very dangerous on both the running and passing game all season, and although he came out on the losing side, he was very impactful in both areas against Alabama. Fields rushed for 67 yards, threw for 194 yards and had a touchdown. Master Teague III left it all in Miami as he rushed for 65 yards and two touchdowns. It seemed like every time Ohio State made a push, Alabama just had a better answer for it.

Alabama was all over the field all night, but the slim reaper just couldn’t be stopped. Devonta Smith is this year’s Heisman Trophy winner, and the first wide receiver to win the award since Desmond Howard in 1991. Devonta Smith only played in the first half of the game, as he suffered a dislocated finger early in the third quarter. In the first half alone, Smith had 215 receiving yards and three touchdowns. This is a full-game stat line for most wide receivers, and Devonta Smith did it in one half alone. Smith set new College Football Playoff records for receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns in a single game. Along with this, he set Alabama career records that may not be touched for years to come.