The win gives the Crimson Tide their fifth title since the 2009 season and first since the 2015 season.
Finally, when a disastrous sack opened Alabama's overtime possession, Saban hoped that new playcaller Brian Daboll, a former Miami Dolphins offensive coordinator, could come up with something remotely positive to get his balky kicker in position to force a second extra period.
Georgia is going to lose some key players, too.
But this season and the national champions both had an inherent flaw: Alabama making it to the Playoff in the first place was kind of controversial.
Saban was hopeful, but he was taking a big gamble.
At 66 years old, Saban shows no signs of slowing down, ready to take on what figures to be challenges from numerous same suspects in 2018 - Georgia, Clemson, Ohio State. While a refocused Alabama defense continually frustrated Jake Fromm and the Georgia offense, Tagovailoa kept punching away at the Bulldogs lead. There were reasons Georgia lost Monday, and at the top of the list was Nick Saban's decision to change quarterback at halftime.
"There's a lot of positive self-gratification for me to see these guys have success, not just on the field, but as people, as students, as players, to see them go on and be successful with their careers".
It was a good game and the score was as close as the game. Just a great win.
"Jesus left Heaven-perfect communion and happiness with the Father-and died for me, just for a shot that I would even consider Him".
First-year student Logan Rossiter said Saban benching Hurts adds to Saban's already impressive resume. That 26-23 overtime win over Georgia was nearly too much to process, even for Nick Saban, who when it was over actually sputtered "I've never been happier in my life".
They will comfort themselves by uttering the old cliché "You dance with the one that brung ya" and try to take comfort in "staying the course".
And this comes after two bonafide attempts to end the drought over the past two years. Overtime started out with Georgia getting on the board first with a field goal before a handsome pass from Tua Tagovailoa ended things with one final touchdown. Tua Tagovailoa took over.
Alabama forced overtime when Tagovailoa hit Calvin Ridley for a 7-yard touchdown pass on a 4th-down play with 3:49 remaining, capping its rally from a 13-point halftime deficit. First, there was the offsides call on Tyler Simmons' blocked punt to start the second half. "With Him, all things are possible", he said. This means he has six national titles in a time - he's compared to Bear Bryant, the other greatest coach in college football.
Hey, that was a really cool college football season, wasn't it?