Saban and the Tide will try to regroup in the offseason and more likely than not will find themselves right back in the College Football Playoffs and perhaps the National Championship Game. The Tide has been far and away ahead of everyone else, relegating everyone else to the "rest of ya'll" bus as Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney put it earlier this year.
Marissa Mowry knew "Ring Season" would come to Clemson long before boyfriend Trevor Lawrence captured a national title for the Tigers over Alabama on Monday night.
Swinney said Alabama's recent run of success has been "incredible".
Overall, the New Year's Six games, including the Cotton and Orange bowl semifinals, averaged a 9.0 overnight rating, which is up 8 percent from the second year of the playoff when the semifinals were held in the Cotton and Orange bowls on New Year's Eve.
The good news is that Clemson making the college football Final Four again means another million dollars or so from post-season revenue for UNC and every other school in the ACC, which after the bowl teams are paid expenses off the top split the rest among 14 schools.
The bully became the bullied on Monday night, but it would be foolish to pen an obituary for the Crimson Tide with a ton of talented players returning to Tuscaloosa next season as well as the nation's No. 1 ranked recruiting class.
"What a great win over Clemson for the Crimson Tide".