We knew they were good.
We just didn't know they were this good.
The Alabama Crimson Tide captured their 14th national championship, beating LSU 21-0 in the BCS Championship Game on Monday night.
It was the first shutout in BCS bowl history.
"Not what I expected, but I knew we were going to come out on top," said Picyaune native Malcom Faciane, who plays tight end for Alabama.
"It feels good man," said Tide running back Trent Richardson. "Look at all the excitement around."
On the other side of the field, dejected Tiger players walked off the field, on the wrong side of a final score for the first time this year.
"We didn't get it going offensively at all, and the defense was on the field for a long time," said LSU coach Les Miles.
"It takes a tremendous amount of resiliency to come back after losing a game," said Alabama coach Nick Saban after his team avenged their November 5 loss to LSU on the championship stage.
D'iberville native Kevin Norwood had just 6 catches all year, but he had his biggest game on the biggest stage, helping Alabama to victory.
Norwood hauled in 4 catches for 78 yards.
"I'm just glad the coaches had faith in me to go out and make plays. We were just fighting," Norwood said after the game. "We really wanted this game."
And Norwood had a message for the fans back home in D'iberville.
"I love you all baby, I'll be home soon!"
The win gives Nick Saban his third crystal football, it gives Alabama their 14th national title, it keeps the championship in the SEC for the sixth year, and it makes a statement, Alabama was for real.
The Crimson Tide proved the naysayers wrong. They deserved a rematch. They won, going away, in the most impressive performance in BCS history.