Georgia won its national title in 41 years on Monday when it defeated Alabama 33:18 in the College Football Playoff final. Bulldogs fans were obviously excited about the victory, but New England Patriots fans also have reason to celebrate.
Why? It’s all about losing Alabama.
The Patriots and Crimson Tide together won six titles since the 2014 NFL and college football seasons. Despite the consistent success of both teams, they never won the title in the same year.
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See full results below with marked championship years for each team.
|2014||He lost in the semifinals of the CFP to the state of Ohio||He won the Super Bowl over the Seahawks|
|2015||He won the national title over Clemson||Lost AFC Championship vs. Broncos|
|2016||He lost the national title to Clemson||He won the Super Bowl over the Falcons|
|2017||He won the national title over Georgia||Lost Super Bowl vs. Eagles|
|2018||He lost the national title to Clemson||He won the Super Bowl over the Rams|
|2019||Missed college football playoffs||Loss in a round with wild cards vs. Titans|
|2020||He won the national title over Ohio State||Missed playoffs|
|2021||He lost his national title to Georgia||?|
This is certainly a strange pattern, and his strangeness is supported by the friendship between Bill Belichick and Nick Saban. The two respect each other, and the Patriots have chosen many players from Saban’s Alabama in recent years. The most recent selections were Mac Jones and Christian Barmore. Yet the two teams were unable to finish at the top in the same year during the College Football Playoff era.
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Are these results a trend? Or a remarkable coincidence? He who is not superstitious will probably believe the other and assign the dominance of both teams to great coaching.
As for those who they are superstitious. . . Well, it definitely looks like good news for the Patriots, because they’re fighting for the Super Bowl in the second year since Tom Brady left. Still, the team will face a tough battle to win it all, as they will probably have to go through the Bills, Titans and Chiefs to get out of the AFC.
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Also, a novice quarterback has never won a Super Bowl in the game’s 55-year history. Maybe Jones can change things, but Alabama and New England seem to be heading for a repeat of the 2019 season.