2016-01-14

Bowls 2015 the end

Sorry for the delay, I had a lot of stuff to do in the past few days and that final entry for this season was the last thing to do and got shifted and shifted.

The new National Champions of the FBS are the ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE. Again.

The Tide did win their 4th title in 7 years and depended on counting all historic record and claimed National Titles, Alabama is now in the ballpark of 16 titles, which is the most of all current FBS teams.

Nick Saban, the HC of the Tide since 2007 has won all of those last 4 titles and had already won a title with LSU, making it 5 titles through his career, which puts him in a quite rare group of coaches.

The coach with most FBS National Titles is still
BEAR BRYANT with 6 (won all with Alabama in 60s and 70s)
and then there are 3 coaches with 5 titles,
BERNIE BIERMAN (with Minnesota 30s and 40s),
HOWARD JONES (with Yale 1909 and USC in the late 20s and 30s) and
NICK SABAN (with LSU 2003 and with Alabama 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2015).

Saban is the only coach still able to win even more titles, the next still active coach behind Saban in terms of titles is Urban Meyer of Ohio State (won with Florida 2006 and 2008 and with Ohio State in 2014).

The good thing this season was, the title game was a good one, and not like many of the title games in the past (especially the ones the Tide did play in), which ended in a blowout.
No, this time it was fun to watch.

Here is the BLOCK OF GRANITE BOWL GAME FOR WAVE 6

Mon. Jan. 11 - 8:30 pm
CFP NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME PRES. BY AT&T
#2 Alabama vs. #1 Clemson
@University of Phoenix Stadium - Glendale, AZ
I had not expected to have Clemson really on the same level as Alabama, but they did come into this game were not intimidated by the Saban led Alabama team.
In fact they did win the 1st quarter 14-7, scoring on 2 of their 3 drives and had Alabama miss a field goal in that quarter.
An interception of Clemson did give Alabama a good field position and they did score to tie the game early in the 2nd quarter.
Then did both defense units got their plays and the game did go on and on until Clemson did try a field goal before the halftime break and got blocked.
A tied game at the half was a great result, for both teams.
After the break did Alabama stop Clemson and was able to score afterwards, getting in the lead, but Clemson did answer with a field goal and a TD later in the quarter leading 24-21 after the 3rd quarter.
That’s when the game did shift in the next gear.
Clemson got the ball and was stopped; Alabama got the ball and did kick a tying field goal. 24-24.
A great executed onside-kick from Alabama was recovered by them and did give them not only great field position, but did denial a chance for scoring on their own and in that momentum shift was Alabama able to get a TD for the 31-24 lead.
Clemson was stopped in the next drive and had to settle for a field goal, 31-27.
Alabama did return the following kickoff 95 yards for a TD. A major shock for Clemson. 38-27.
But Clemson was not done and did drive over the field and scored a TD on their own, 38-33, Clemson did fail the 2-point-conversion.
The most crucial drive now was Alabamas next, since it started with under 5 minutes left in the game and did eat away 3 and a half and give them a TD to pull away 45-33.
Clemsons offense was not done and went over the field again in less than a minute and score a TD. 45-40.
But their onside-kick was recovered by Alabama and they only needed to run the time down to win the National Championship.
Clemsons defense did not look good in the last quarter and also the special teams were not in the game in that last quarter.
The good news for Clemson fans is, that the team will be almost intact next season, so the pressure will be on early and they might get their title next season.
For Alabama it’s another season with some crucial losses on players and coaches, it will be interesting to see, how they will perform next season. But as long as Saban is at the sideline, it’s save to say the Tide will roll rough and hard. They might not be title contenders next season, but maybe the season after that.
Alabama 45 - Clemson 40 -> Jacks BOWL Score: 26-15

That’s it for the season. If my time allows it, I will be back next summer.
Thank you for reading this, I hope you did enjoy it over the season.

'Til next time
Jack6 on BLOCK OF GRANITE

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