Georgia won its 41-year national title on Monday, beating Alabama 33-18 in the college football playoff final. Bulldogs fans were obviously thrilled with the victory, but New England Patriots fans have reason to celebrate as well.
Why? Everything has to do with the defeat of Alabama.
The Patriots and Crimson Tide have combined to win six titles since the 2014 NFL and college football seasons. Despite the continued success of both teams, they never won a title in the same year.
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Take a look at the full results below, with the league years for each team in bold.
|2014||CFP semi-final loss to Ohio State||Won the Super Bowl against the Seahawks|
|2015||Won the national title against Clemson||AFC Championship lost to Broncos|
|2016||National title lost to Clemson||Won the Super Bowl against the Falcons|
|2017||Won the national title against Georgia||Super Bowl lost to the Eagles|
|2018||National title lost to Clemson||Won the Super Bowl against the Rams|
|2019||Missed college football playoff||Lost in a wild card game against Titans|
|2020||Won the national title against Ohio State||Missed playoffs|
|2021||National title lost in Georgia||?|
He’s certainly an odd role model, and his strangeness is reinforced by the friendship between Bill Belichick and Nick Saban. The two respect each other and the Patriots have selected many players from the Saban program in Alabama in recent years. The most recent selections were Mac Jones and Christian Barmore. Still, both teams were unable to finish first in the same year in the college football playoff era.
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Are these results a trend? Or a remarkable coincidence? Those who are not superstitious will likely believe the latter and attribute the dominance of both teams to excellent training.
As for those who are superstitious. . . well, that certainly looks like good news for the Patriots as they fight for a Super Bowl in the second year since Tom Brady left. Still, the team will face an uphill battle to win it all, as they will likely have to get through the Bills, Titans and Chiefs just to get out of the AFC.
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Plus, a rookie starting quarterback has never won a Super Bowl in his 55-year history of the game. Maybe Jones can turn things around, but it looks like Alabama and New England are heading. towards a repeat of the 2019 season.