MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Monday night's College Football Championship Game was the first one in five years that did not involve Auburn or Alabama, and that still stings.
But lest you feel too down about this brief interruption in our football dominance, consider these facts:
-Last year more than 2,100 Alabama freshmen scored a 30 or higher on the ACT.
-Auburn has been as high as 34th in the nation in National Merit Scholars. (2009)
-Alabama has produced a total of 15 Rhodes Scholars and 14 Truman Scholars.
-Six astronauts and three directors of the Kennedy Space Center graduated from Auburn.
-Alabama has been ranked among the top 50 public universities in the nation for more than a decade.
-Auburn has been a leader in aviation education and research since 1941.
-Alabama's law school is ranked 23rd among all law schools in the nation.
-Auburn has 34 academic programs ranked in the top 50 in the U.S.
We love for our schools to win, but football is not the only outstanding program at Alabama or Auburn. As fans, we can also be extremely proud of what these universities do for our young people, and the world.