The first team they met that could match them athlete for athlete looked them in the eyes and didn’t blink, and they did. The first time they had to play four quarters at a high level, they didn’t.
The first time they had a chance to lose a game, they found themselves behind for most of the fourth quarter, until the final two minutes, but they were given one last chance.
They needed less than half that time to prove something to themselves and to the college football world that no amount of knockdowns and beatdowns could.
The Alabama Crimson Tide are champions, and in a way that has nothing to do with their appointment with a third crystal football in four years. Alabama 21, LSU 17 is the proof.