Alabama choked out Notre Dame 31-14 The game was much more distant than the final score, as Alabama took their foot off the gas about midway through the second quarter and Notre Dame added a touchdown with under a minute to go to secure a wildly undeserved cover.
Devonta Smith, the Heisman favorite, had seven catches for 130 yards and three touchdowns. It felt like anytime they threw him the ball they could’ve gotten a big gainer. Nick Saban has done such a remarkable job at Alabama that it’s honestly boring to talk about at this point. Just look at the receivers they’ve had the past two years:
Alabama had Jerry Jeudy, Henry Ruggs, Devonta Smith & Jaylen Waddle as wide receivers on last year’s team. All four would have been eligible this year too. That’s the best receiving corps in college football history and I’m not even sure what team would be second place.
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) January 2, 2021
And look at this 2017 recruiting class:
Some of the names in the famed 2017 Alabama recruiting class:
Jedrick Wills, Jr
— Kevin Negandhi (@KNegandhiESPN) January 1, 2021
It feels like we’ve all said this many times, but enough with Notre Dame in this spot already. They always get their teeth kicked in. Their last time in the playoff, two years ago against Clemson, they lost 30-3. When they played Alabama in the national title game in 2013, Alabama won 42-14. I understand that this was a season where if they picked Cincinnati or Texas A&M the same thing would’ve happened, but at least it would’ve been against someone new.