It was just another game day for the Alabama Crimson Tide on Saturday, as they were drumming an inferior opponent to an early blowout.
Playing the 4-5 Mississippi State Bulldogs, Alabama jumped out to a huge 35-7 lead behind the play of quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.
While the game was already in hand, Tua remained on the field and then disaster struck as Alabama’s superstar quarterback sustained a devastating injury.
Tua had to be carted off the field with what would later be diagnosed as a dislocated hip. He was said to have left the field screaming in pain.
Nick Saban discussed the decision to keep him in the game at halftime, after potentially watching his quarterback play for the Crimson Tide for the last time.
After the game it was reported that Tua’s season is over because of the dislocated hip, which effectively ends his career at Alabama.
Tua’s last game at Alabama was a good one prior to the injury, as he completed 14 of his 18 passes for 256 yards and two touchdowns.
This injury also ends his Heisman case, as Tua will no longer get to finish what was a great season up to this point.
Through nine games played, Tua had 2,840 passing yards and 33 touchdowns, with just three interceptions thrown.
Tua Tagovailoa’s career got off to the most incredible of starts, as he replaced Jalen Hurts in the second half 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship and led Alabama to a comeback victory.
Tua threw three touchdown passes and was named the game’s Offensive MVP. He took over as the face of the franchise for Alabama, but due to injuries he never realized his full potential.
Now Tua will turn his attention to the next level, as he is projected to be a top draft pick in the NFL. Hopefully he can prove to be more healthy in the NFL than he was able to be in college.
Oregon Shakes Up College Football Playoff, Beating No. 5 Utah to Win Pac-12 Title
Last night, the Utah Utes essentially had a play-in game to make it into the College Football Playoff for the first time. Utah was ranked No. 5 in the College Football Playoff, with Georgia ranked just ahead of them.
With Georgia set to play LSU in the SEC Championship, a Bulldogs loss, paired with Utah winning the Pac-12 likely would have clinched the Utes spot in the playoff.
Unfortunately for Utah, they were unable to beat Oregon in the Pac-12 Championship Game, leading to the end of their season.
Utah came into the game with the fourth-ranked defense in the nation, but they surely did not play up to that level in the championship game.
Oregon scored more points (37) and gained more yards (432) then Utah had allowed all season.
The Ducks jumped out to a huge 20-0 lead in the first half, which was the largest deficit that Utah had faced all season long.
There was still hope that the Utes could come back though, as they had outscored their opponents by a whopping margin of 193-61 in the second half of games coming into this matchup.
Utah actually started to get back into the game, as Tyler Huntley threw two touchdown to get his team within a score of Oregon.
In the end though, the eventual Pac-12 Championship MVP would not be denied, as Ducks running back CJ Verdell delivered the dagger that iced the game.
Verdell added another long touchdown run later in the fourth quarter, scoring on a 31-yard run to turn the game back into a blowout.
All told, Verdell finished with over 200 yards and carried his team to a great upset victory.
By beating Utah, Oregon has now clinched their place in a premier bowl game, as the Ducks are now heading to the Rose Bowl.
Meanwhile Utah went from potentially being College Football Playoff bound, to losing their conference in embarrassing fashion.
We will see how the College Football Playoff shapes up from here, but one thing is for sure. The Pac-12 will once again not be represented in the tournament this year.
Greg Schiano Returns to Rutgers, to Become New Head Coach
There are some coaches in College Football that just become synonymous with their program. Nick Saban is that for Alabama and Dabo Swinney is that for Clemson.
Once upon a time, the same could be said for Greg Schiano and Rutgers, as he led the Scarlet Knights for a decade from 2001 through 2011.
Now after a stint in the NFL and as a coach for Ohio State, Schiano has returned to where he made a name for himself, as he has been hired to once again become Rutgers’ head coach.
Schiano originally took over Rutgers back in 2001 and had to completely rebuild the program from scratch. Schiano went 3-20 across his first two seasons and did not have a winning season until 2005.
After losing the Insight Bowl in 2005, Schiano led Rutgers to an incredible season the following year, as the Scarlet Knights finished with an 11-2 record. He won countless coach of the year awards, including the Big East Coach of the Year.
Schiano led Rutgers to their first ever bowl game win in 2006, as Rutgers won the Texas Bowl. Rutgers went on to win five bowl games in six years under Schiano.
Now Schiano returns to Rutgers and gets a heft payday in the process.
Since he last represented the Scarlet Knights, Greg Schiano got the opportunity to coach in the NFL, spending two years as the head coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
After being fired by the Buccaneers in 2013, Schiano took a hiatus away from coaching at the collegiate or pro level. He then returned and became Ohio State’s defensive coordinator in 2016.
Now Schiano returns to where it all started, as he tries to resurrect his career as well as the program he once built.
Alabama Loses Iron Bowl to Auburn
The Alabama Crimson Tide came into this weekend right on the periphery of the College Football Playoff.
They were ranked as the No. 5 team in the nation, with their only loss coming to No. 2 LSU. But their biggest game of the season was set for Saturday, as Alabama squared off against the Auburn Tigers in the Iron Bowl.
This year, the Tigers got the better of their state rival, winning a shootout by three points.
Playing without starting quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama scored 31 points against Auburn in the first half. Still, backup Mac Jones made a few costly mistakes.
Jones completed 26 of his 39 passes for 335 yards and four touchdowns. But he also threw one pick-six in each half, giving Auburn enough of an edge to pull off the upset.
It was a historic victory for the Tigers, as Alabama never loses a game when they score that many points. Yet Auburn truly owns the Iron Bowl rivalry when they play the game at home.
While Auburn has no hopes at sneaking into the College Football Playoff with three losses on their resume, they will take great joy in eliminating Alabama from contention as well.
Since the adoption of the College Football Playoff for the 2014-15 season, Alabama has finished as one of the four teams every time. Their five appearances are the most for any program, as are their six playoff wins.
Now for the first time, Nick Saban will be on the outside looking in, as Alabama has no chance for the College Football Playoff committee to let them into the dance this year.
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