Alabama reminds Washington why it is No. 1 with 24-7 win in Peach Bowl

Alabama reminds Washington why it is No. 1 with 24-7 win in Peach Bowl

In the days leading up to his team’s College Football Playoff semifinal, Washington Coach Chris Petersen was asked several times about trick plays he might call against top-ranked Alabama.

Behind each question was an assumption: That the fourth-ranked Huskies had to resort to using some form of deception to win.

Alabama reminded the country of why that was the case Saturday, its 24-7 victory over Washington at the Georgia Dome securing the school’s return to the national championship game. Alabama will be looking to win its fifth national championship in eight seasons.

This Peach Bowl performance was quintessential Alabama, not particularly exciting or aesthetically pleasing, but ruthlessly efficient. The Crimson Tide blew open the game in the fourth quarter on a 68-yard gallop by running back Bo Scarborough, who also scored his team’s first touchdown.

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Jared Goff's long, strange year, and Rams' dismal season, come to an end Sunday

It’s been a long but fast year for Jared Goff.

The Rams’ rookie quarterback led California to a bowl game victory on Dec. 29, 2015, immediately jumped into the NFL pre-draft evaluation process, attended the scouting combine, was selected No. 1 overall in the draft, participated in Rams rookie camp, organized-team activities and training camp and then worked to stay prepared through nine games before starting the last six.

All without much, if any, real break.

Goff’s 12-month whirlwind, punctuated by organizational tumult, ends Sunday when the Rams play the Arizona Cardinals at the Coliseum.

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