TAMPA, Fla. — Good luck getting Nick Saban to share any of his secrets on why he has been so incredibly good on the biggest stages in his college football coaching career.
At Alabama, he’s 11-2 in SEC championship, BCS national championship and College Football Playoff games. Throw in his 3-0 record at LSU — the 2001 SEC championship win over Tennessee, 2003 SEC championship win over Georgia and 2003 BCS national championship win over Oklahoma — and that’s a glistening 14-2 record on championship stages. More
And when the dust settled, the favorites took care of business on Championship Weekend and left us with a much clearer playoff picture than we had a few days ago.
No. 1 Alabama certainly locked up its spot, routing Florida 54-16 to complete a 13-0 regular season and win another SEC title for Nick Saban.
No. 3 Clemson likely sewed up its berth, as well, though with a much less convincing 42-35 win over Virginia Tech in the ACC championship game.
No. 4 Washington blasted No. 8 Colorado 41-10 on Friday in the Pac-12 championship game, making just about the strongest case it could’ve hoped to make to stay in the top four.
Those three wins surely doused the hopes of Michigan, sitting at No. 5 behind all those teams and No. 2 Ohio State, who was idle and beat the Wolverines in their head-to-head showdown.
The only remaining intrigue lies with No. 7 Penn State, which added a quality win over No. 6 Wisconsin in Saturday’s Big Ten championship game. The Nittany Lions are now 11-2 conference champs and boast…
TUSCALOOSA, Ala.—It takes an awful lot to make a guy like Nick Saban cry, but a reunion of a son and his deployed mother comes pretty close.
Lawrence Erekosima is a five-foot-seven walk-on running back from Clinton, S.C. He hasn’t seen a snap of action all season. But he’s a senior, and like all seniors, he walked onto the field before Saturday’s Iron Bowl to bask in the acclaim of the crowd. He also had a fine surprise waiting for him, as his mother, Jacqueline Page, returned on a brief leave from the Army.
Each of the Tide seniors posed with their families and Saban before the game. Seniors are generally introduced in alphabetical order, but Erekosima was last. Team officials told him that they’d simply mixed up the order, and when Saban reached Erekosima, he motioned toward the southwest corner of the field and said, “Look here.” Out walked Page, in fatigues, to see her son. Mother and stunned child embraced amid the thundering cheers of Bryant-Denny Stadium: