Last Month in College Football
In case you missed it, this month was college football's big month, with the College Football Playoff national championship game and the Heisman Trophy winner Bryce Young. I also talked about Amazon's partnership with the NFL. Here are a few other events to look forward to in football. Whether you're a fan or just curious, you'll find something to enjoy here. We hope you enjoy the articles! Just click on the links below to discover more!
College Football Playoff national championship game
It was a historic season for Alabama football last month, as the Crimson Tide beat Georgia 41-24 to claim the College Football Playoff national championship. Coach Nick Saban had his way with Kirby Smart, but he didn't get the job done, and the Crimson Tide ended their 41-year title drought. The last time Georgia won the title was in 1980, when Herschel Walker was just a freshman.
The College Football Playoff national championship game is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for IUPUI journalism students. Four students attended the game, and the experience was an unforgettable one. Students involved in the Sports Capital Journalism Program at IUPUI predicted the team that will win in 2022. This year's game will feature the best teams in the Pac-12. The winner of the Pac-12 will face the winner of the SEC.
After losing to Alabama in the SEC Championship game, Georgia rallied to win the CFP title game. Alabama defeated Notre Dame 31-14 in the semifinals, and then went on to beat Ohio State, which had beaten No. 2 Clemson earlier in the season. The final score was 52-24 for Alabama, and Mac Jones was named the Heisman winner. It is still too early to know who will win the CFP national championship game next year, but both teams have a chance to make history.
The Alabama offense was missing a key player on its offensive line, and wide receiver Jameson Williams looked like a serious knee injury early in the second quarter. Consequently, the Alabama offense was unable to take advantage of plays down the field and had to work underneath. This meant the Georgia defense used its team speed to its advantage. The Bulldogs played with a lot more depth than Alabama, and made key plays.
The College Football Playoff's 2022 College Football Championship Game will be played on Monday, Jan. 10, and will be broadcast live on ESPN and in the ESPN app. The playoff field was reduced from four to two after the New Year's Bowl games, but Alabama advanced to its sixth national championship game in seven years by defeating Cincinnati 27-6 in the Cotton Bowl. RB Brian Robinson Jr. rushed for 204 yards on 26 carries in a career-high performance, allowing the Crimson Tide to keep the ball on the ground. And it also helped the Crimson Tide to neutralize Cincinnati's standout cornerback duo.
Alabama was also a finalist, but the Bulldogs were the team to beat. Alabama had the top seed in the college football playoff, but a late-season loss to LSU left the team with an early-season scare. Nevertheless, the Bulldogs' season ended with a roaring finish. The Bulldogs won six of their final eight games, including the Cheez-It Bowl, and the ACC Atlantic Championship. In addition to winning the national championship, Georgia also clinched its first ACC Atlantic title since 2009.
Heisman Trophy winner Bryce Young
Bryce Young, a sophomore from Alabama, won the Heisman Trophy on his sophomore season. He won the award in a dramatic comeback win against Auburn in the SEC Championship Game. In the first half, Alabama was down by 10 points, but Young took over and led the team on a 12-play, 97-yard drive, and threw a 28-yard touchdown pass to Ja'Corey Brooks to seal the victory.
In his acceptance speech, Bryce Young thanked many people for their support during his stellar career. He did not look like a typical quarterback, but his innate ability and faith in Christ helped him win the award. His father also spoke on ESPN about Bryce's faith, and how that helped him achieve success in his career. However, Bryce did not receive the award in his hometown, so the Heisman was given to Alabama's lineback Will Anderson, who finished fifth.
Alabama's Heisman-winning quarterback also won the Maxwell Trophy and the Davey O'Brien Award. He received 684 first-place votes and 2,311 points, topping Michigan defensive end Aidan Hutchinson. Other players who were nominated included Ohio State freshman quarterback C.J. Stroud, Pittsburgh senior quarterback Kenny Pickett, and Alabama linebacker Will Anderson Jr.
Young's performance last year led to Alabama's first Heisman trophy since 1954. He passed for 421 yards against Georgia in the SEC Championship Game and the CFP championship game, but Georgia took revenge in the SEC title game, so Young has a chance to be the first two-time winner since 1974. In previous seasons, Johnny Manziel and Jamey Winston won the Heisman, while Lamar Jackson finished third.
Young's savvy and poise in the pocket allowed him to win the Heisman Trophy, the nation's most coveted award. Although he is still a young man, Young is already a top-tier talent with a huge future. In the class of 2020, Young had originally committed to USC, but de-committed and transferred to Alabama. His faith in God gave him the confidence to play without fear.
In addition to his passing numbers, Young also ran for 40 yards and scored three touchdowns. In the SEC Championship, Young set school records for passing yards and total offense, with 421 passing yards and 461 yards. He earned MVP honors for his performance. He threw for over 300 yards in nine games and three touchdowns in 13 games. Young led the Crimson Tide to a CFP semifinal victory over Cincinnati, and his three-touchdown drive forced overtime.
While Young is a talented quarterback and has a high chance of winning the Heisman Trophy again, Stroud has a better chance of capturing the award. While Young's numbers are exceptional, the odds of him repeating are long. Ohio State returns a staggering amount of talent to the skill position in 2022. The only question now is whether or not he can help the Buckeyes break their two-year losing streak against Michigan.
Amazon's deal with NFL
Prime members of Amazon's streaming service will have exclusive access to Thursday Night Football. The league's deal with Amazon gives the streaming service the rights to carry the most popular sport in the United States. Amazon will air 15 games during the season, beginning in 2022. Games will air on Amazon Prime Video and Twitch in the home markets. Amazon's deal with the NFL is a win-win for consumers and the league.
The new deal will cover at least the next 10 years, if Amazon is able to meet the agreement's terms. Amazon's streaming service will offer live games and highlights from the NFL this fall. In addition, the streaming service will also have exclusive Thursday Night Football rights this fall, with playoff games potentially coming later. Amazon is also ramping up spending on expensive television series, including The Boys, The Wheel of Time, and The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power.
The new deal includes the streaming rights for the first Thursday Night Football game. The NFL and Amazon announced the deal last month. The new game will be televised on Amazon in the second half of the 2020 NFL season. The game will also be televised on local channels in the home markets of participating teams. This deal was announced last month after Amazon acquired Twitch. The new game will be played in the NFL's Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Kansas.
Al Michaels will serve as play-by-play announcer for the first season of "Thursday Night Football" on Amazon Prime Video. In addition to Al Michaels, Amazon has also signed Kirk Herbstreit as the second announcer of "Thursday Night Football" on the streaming service. Michaels left Sunday Night Football to take on the job at Amazon, where he is the play-by-play announcer.