The following week, Auburn defeated Mississippi State in a game that was actually televised on ESPN, and Alabama was playing for the first time since November in a nationally televised game against the Bulldogs.
On the first day of the SEC Championship Game, ESPN’s Saturday Night Football featured the Crimson Tide as one of the five teams to win a championship.
Auburn defeated Alabama in the title game.
Afterward, Auburn coach Gus Malzahn gave his thoughts on the championship game and the way the team responded to it.
Here’s what he had to say: When you go into a situation like that and you get a championship and you win a national championship, it’s one of those moments when, even though you may not be the best, you’re the best team in the world and you’re going to go down there and do it.
We had some great moments.
The first one was that last play that we ran in that game, that first one that got us back to the 15-yard line.
And we ran the play where we wanted to run the play to get out of bounds, but we weren’t ready for the second one.
You know what?
It worked and we won that game.
That’s a great feeling, but the other thing that we had to do was get out and run the plays we wanted.
And then you know what happened?
They came back in the second half, and they ran the plays they wanted and we came back and got the win.
I was just thankful for the way that the team went out there and responded to that.
And that’s all that matters.
They’re a special team.
I thought that the way we responded to the opportunity to go out there with them, we got a big win.
We beat a great team, and we got the chance to win.
So thank you for watching that.
The SEC Championship, the first game of the College Football Playoff, was held at Sun Life Stadium in Miami.
The winner will advance to the national championship game.
The Crimson Tide went 4-1, including a 45-10 win over Vanderbilt on Oct. 8.
After the game, the two teams faced off in a second-round game, which Alabama won 53-17.
The Crimson Tide were the better team, but it wasn’t a close game, with the score tied at 31 heading into the final minute.
Auburn was the superior team, scoring a touchdown in the final 10 seconds of the first half to put the game away.
Auburn’s defense held Alabama scoreless for most of the second quarter and then finally broke through with a 14-0 lead.
At the end of the game Auburn quarterback Jalen Hurts, who had an interception in the first quarter, threw for a touchdown and a pair of touchdowns to lead Alabama to a 35-14 win.
Vanderbilt quarterback Tyler Murphy, who threw for 567 yards and five touchdowns, also threw for five touchdowns and one interception to lead the Commodores to a 28-14 victory.
After the win, Saban said the victory was a “moment of redemption” for the Crimson and Tigers.
“I think that our fans and our team are very happy,” Saban said.
“We’ve been through a lot together, and this is a moment that we’ve all been looking forward to.
And the guys are so excited about the opportunity that this is, and I think they are.
So I’m excited for them.”
In addition to winning the national title, the Crimson added a Big 12 title to its resume.