Midst Georgia‘s historic defeat of TCU in the national college football playoff championship on Monday night, an awkward moment erupted on ESPN’s halftime show Alabama Coach Nick Saban and UGA graduate David Pollack.
With the Bulldogs leading 38-7 at halftime, Pollack took the opportunity to commend Kirby Smart’s program for its remarkable performance over the past two seasons. In doing so, he announced that the top of the college football landscape has changed as Georgia now takes control of the sport with Saban sitting directly to his right.
“We love the Cinderella story and we love it when it comes to that, but that’s not really the Cinderella ending,” Pollack said. “Obviously, as we’ve seen over the past few seasons, Georgia really have taken over college football. Incredible work.”
The Alabama coach couldn’t help but subtly respond to Pollack’s remarks, which made for quite a viral moment during the halftime show. The college football world quickly took notice of the interaction, as a handful of viewers took to social media to react to the awkward moment.
Pollack’s comments may not have endeared him to Saban, but he’s certainly right about Georgia’s second straight national championship win. The Bulldogs are now the first team to win back-to-back titles since Saban’s Crimson Tide did so in 2011-12.
Alabama took a small step back last season, finishing 10th–2nd and fifth in the final college football rankings. While Saban and the Crimson Tide are certainly not down, the program must now reckon with the two-time defending champion when the 2023 season kicks off next fall.
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