"I know at Alabama, there's always an opportunity to win", Hurts said.
In last season's national title game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, between these same two teams, Tua Tagovailoa replaced an ineffective Hurts at the start of the second half with Alabama trailing Georgia 13-0. He would watch as Tagovailoa led the Crimson Tide to a comeback win and a national title. I'm so proud of this guy for what he's done this year.
But a loss, especially a lopsided one, could knock the Bulldogs out of the No. 4 spot, as Oklahoma and Ohio State are now breathing down Georgia's neck for that last ticket into the playoff.
Tua Tagovailoa is awesome, he's going to win the Heisman Trophy, and if Alabama gets a win here, it's going to be because he is playing well. Even if Tagovailoa isn't 100%, Hurts played extremely well against the Bulldogs, and no matter who is out there for Alabama, it's hard to imagine the team struggling to move the ball against Oklahoma.
This was another galling loss for Saban's former assistant, Kirby Smart.
However, the leader of the Crimson Tide appeared to have a change of heart on where Georgia should rank heading into Sunday morning.
The final regular-season edition of the Coaches Poll was released shortly before the final College Football Playoff Rankings, and to the surprise of no one, it closely resembled what the CFP Selection Committee released Sunday afternoon.
"With a team like that, you've got to be able to put them way because they keep hanging on", Georgia tight end Isaac Nauta said.
Alabama: This was the sort of challenge that should serve the Crimson Tide well in the College Football Playoff. They lost the Orange Bowl in 2015 and the Rose Bowl in 2018, both of those being semifinal games.
Georgia: The Bulldogs are hoping to land a playoff spot but will likely have to settle for a trip to the Sugar Bowl as a consolation prize.