Alabama's Hurts replaces Tagovailoa in CFP title game

Alabama's Hurts replaces Tagovailoa in CFP title game

Alabama has been the preeminent dynasty in college football over the last decade.

While Tagovailoa will be one of the favorites on the Heisman Trophy odds in 2019 as a junior, Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence will be the one to beat despite being just a sophomore following his incredible performance in the national title game.

Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was replaced early in the fourth quarter by backup Jalen Hurts with the Crimson Tide trailing Clemson 44-16 in the College Football Playoff National Championship.

For a while, catching Alabama has felt hopeless.

Clemson made history Monday night by becoming the first 15-0 team in modern college football history. ESPN said Nielsen reported that 25.2 million viewers tuned into Monday night's game on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU.

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The Tigers bullied the Crimson Tide, coming away with a 44-16 victory and winning the school's third National Championship all-time. Most impressively, Clemson did it with a true freshman QB, and a slew of underclassmen skill-position players highlighted by Phenix City, Alabama freshman WR Justyn Ross.

The third championship meeting of the Tigers and Crimson Tide, and fourth straight playoff meeting overall, was also the most lopsided CFP final.

It's pretty rare to see a Saban-coached team get manhandled. Clemson was second in total defense, Alabama was 13th.

Alabama will be back, but Clemson will nearly certainly be there waiting for them.