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Alabama: 9th appearance in the Orange Bowl, 69th bowl game overall.

Backup quarterback Jalen Hurts took over for Heisman Trophy candidate Tua Tagovailoa at the beginning of the fourth quarter - but it was because the starter was injured.

The Crimson Tide is headed back to the College Football Playoff, looking for its second straight national title and the sixth of the last decade under Saban. "That is the ultimate compliment I can give them" said Saban on Saturday.

Afterward, they stood side-by-side on the podium in the middle of the field while Alabama received its SEC championship trophy.

Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley hoists the Big 12 Conference championship trophy after beating Texas 39-27 in the Big 12 Conference championship NCAA college football game on Saturday Dec. 1 2018 in Arlington Texas
Nick Saban got choked up in postgame reflection on Jalen Hurts

Georgia head coach Kirby Smart understands this, and while 90 percent of the battle will be out-coaching college football legend Nick Saban, Smart needs to make sure his team is mentally ready for their toughest challenge of the season. However, the big question now is this: can they keep up with the Crimson Tide? It was reminiscent of Tagovailoa replacing Hurts at halftime during that national championship game and carrying the team to a victory.

Call it "rat poison" - call it cheese in a mouse trap, but either way, there's likely some mind games going on in the final Coaches Poll vote for the two Playoff coaches with a ballot.

Top-ranked Alabama, No. 2 Clemson and No. 3 Notre Dame are all expected to land berths in the four-team College Football Playoff when the field is announced on Sunday. The Alabama quarterback had a pair of interceptions, matching his total for the entire season, though he did spark the comeback with a 51-yard touchdown pass to Jaylen Waddle late in the third quarter, cutting Georgia's lead to 28-21. Alabama might not be able to completely shut the Sooners down, but the Tide will get enough stops in the end. The opponent could be Oklahoma, Ohio State or maybe even Georgia. There is no one questioning that title or how good this team has been to get where they are.

Putin briefs Trump over Ukraine as European Union leaders up pressure
Kiev and Moscow continue to trade barbs, amid accusations of a large-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine . As for Macron, "the main message that he passed on is really that of a de-escalation", the aide said.


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