Alabama is fresh off earning a thrilling victory against Georgia in the National Championship Game. However, it’s not too early to make predictions about the Crimson Tide’s ability reach college football’s final game again next season.
The Athletic’s Stewart Mandel seems to like Alabama’s chances of returning to the National Championship Game. After watching what freshman quarterback Tua Tagovailoa did in the second half Monday against a strong Bulldogs defense, it’s easy to understand why.
Late Tuesday, Mandel used Twitter to share that “just 363 days from now, Alabama and someone else will be here in the Bay Area.” Of course, the National Championship Game next season will be played on Jan. 7, 2019, at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.
Just flew home from the site of this year’s national title game to the site of next year’s title game. Just 363 days from now, Alabama and someone else will be here in the Bay Area.
— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) January 10, 2018
Mandel could be right. It doesn’t appear that Alabama will go anywhere soon. The Crimson Tide displayed a lot of young, dynamic talent against Georgia at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. Those players will only improve with time, and that’s a scary thought for future Crimson Tide opponents.
Then again, Georgia is in a similar situation. The Bulldogs seemingly were ahead of schedule by winning the SEC this season. How things unfold in the SEC in 2018 with Alabama, Georgia and others will be incredible to follow.