The top-ranked Tide (12-0) are set to face No. 3 Ohio State (7-0) on Monday for the College Football Playoff championship in search of their sixth national title with Saban as coach.
Alabama's offense features five All-Americans, including Heisman Trophy victor DeVonta Smith and two more players (quarterback Mac Jones and running back Najee Harris) who finished in the top five in Heisman voting.
Another championship would give Saban seven overall, including a BCS title at LSU in 2003, breaking a tie for the most all time with Alabama's other coaching great, Paul Bryant.
With the Big Ten not far off from having a season at all in 2020-21, the Buckeyes have defied the odds en route to reaching this year's National Championship Game down in South Florida.
"Certainly, playing in a game like this allows you to be sort of the center of attention for at least this week of the game and maybe beyond", Saban said.
Fields, who passed for 385 yards and six touchdowns against Clemson, had some outstanding moments against Alabama but not enough to make a difference. "They've had to overcome and to persevere so much through this season, and they have done it magnificently".
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Completely stopping this Ohio State offense is unrealistic but Pete Golding must find a way to slow it down in the second half. "I can't even put it into words what a great job he's done and how much confidence the players have in the plan and the execution". Despite Trey Sermon leaving the game with a shoulder injury Ryan Day's offense has still gashed them on the ground.
"Coach Sark, all year long, he's called great plays", the quarterback said.
Defensively, Alabama has shown flashes of good play in the first quarter but appeared locked in during key spots of the game. DeVonta Smith caught 12 passes for 215 yards and three touchdowns in the first half before exiting the game in the third quarter with a hand injury. That includes three starters, two of them on the defensive line.
Only about 15,000 fans were at Hard Rock Stadium, capacity 65,326, to see the last magnificent performance of Smith's college career.
Coach Nick Saban told ESPN's Allison Williams that if Waddle does play, it would be on a limited basis. The game, played in the Miami Dolphins' stadium, drew the sort of turnout typically found in the fourth quarter of an National Football League preseason game. I know exactly what he's looking for and we had that communication that every quarterback and offensive coordinator wants.
Junior quarterback Mac Jones finished with 36 completions for 464 yards and five touchdowns, tying a playoff championship game record for completions and setting a new mark for yardage.