Five things we learned on the final weekend of the college football season:
1. Alabama was the hungrier team: You got the sense in the days leading up to the SEC championship game that Alabama’s motivation against Florida was very clear. The Crimson Tide remembered how devastating it felt after last year’s loss and how it carried over into the Sugar Bowl. Nick Saban’s players did not want to feel that way again. They played with more passion and more energy. And they had a head coach who does not lose in rematches. Nick Saban lost back-to-back games against Steve Spurrier in 2000 and 2001 in his first two seasons at LSU. Since then Saban has faced 14 SEC “revenge games” where he had lost the season before. Saban is now 14-0 in those games.
2. The officials in the Big 12 game got it right. Yes, Texas totally mismanaged the end of the Big 12 championship game against Nebraska. Quarterback Colt McCoy was too casual in running the last play and the game clock ran out. And