Opinion: Sorry college football but Alabama at its best simply seems untouchable

ARLINGTON, Texas — There is rarely a single moment in a football game that so perfectly captures the difference between the two teams on the field, a snapshot image that so completely describes what one team is doing to an entire sport. 

When Alabama running back Najee Harris ski-ramped off the turf at AT&T Stadium in the first quarter Friday, hurdling clear over the head of a Notre Dame cornerback on his way to another big gain, another quick score, another Alabama performance that made a hard game look laughably easy, there was only one conclusion to draw. 

Nobody else in college football can fly this high.

By now, there is nothing unusual or surprising about another Alabama trip to the national championship game on Jan. 11 in South Florida. After the Crimson Tide’s 31-14 win over Notre Dame in the College Football Playoff semifinals, Alabama will be there for the eighth time in 14 years under Nick Saban. 

Alabama running back Najee Harris (22) hurdles Notre Dame cornerback Nick McCloud (4)  in the first half of the Rose Bowl.

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But what this version of Alabama is doing and how they’re doing it? Not normal; not normal at all. 

It wasn’t enough for Nick Saban to lord over college football for more than a decade. He’s gone and hacked the sport, broken the matrix and reached nirvana with a team whose best may be the best there has ever been. 

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