The 10 important lessons we learned from the 2017 college football season


Saban pulled sophomore quarterback Jalen Hurts, who had started nearly every game over the last two seasons, because Hurts wasn't able to hurt Georgia with his scrambling.

When you're Alabama, you have the option of replacing your four-star quarterback for a five-star quarterback.

"I knew [Tagovailoa] was gonna step in and do his thing", Hurts said.

Hurts did not sulk on the sideline and Saban said he was an asset to Tagovailoa during the game.

"One of the unique qualities about Hawaii is that whenever you see a local person shine, on a national stage especially, we all have this certain pride that we feel and especially when they do it with humility and class like he did last night", Lee said. I think the resiliency this team has shown all year long certainly proves that they sort of learned something from that. Who would have ever thought I would have been here, right now in this moment.

The future is bright, and we should also truly appreciate the season we experienced this year.

Saban's actions tell fans a different story. "The players can learn from this game".

"I just took a shot downfield", he said.

Alabama made game-winning plays on both sides of the ball in its 31-24 win at Mississippi State earlier this season, but Smith was involved in the most important. If Tagovailoa wins the starting job, it puts Hurts in an interesting predicament. He's foiled the read-option, the spread and everything else college football has thrown at him in the last decade.

Even the youngest Georgia fans came back to welcome home their team.

"At the end of the day, we just didn't execute, didn't play clean", Fromm said.

Jake Fromm will be back and challenged by Justin Fields.

It seemed that the injuries, along with the mass exodus of talent that Alabama annually has, had finally caught up to them. Alabama had no answers offensively, as sophomore QB Jalen Hurts had completed just three of his eight pass attempts for only 28 yards with another eight rushes for 47 yards. Now Alabama gives us a game in Atlanta that felt like one of those college football movies out of the past, like "Navy Blue and Gold". He would need to improve as you don't give a team like Alabama 2nd and 3rd opportunities.

"We just all knew", Alabama wide receiver Calvin Ridley said of Tagovailoa.

To perhaps some surprise, though, the Crimson Tide were not unanimously the No. 1 team, as 13-0 UCF received four first-place votes in the poll. Georgia scored again in regulation, but everything went Alabama's way in that second half and the overtime period.