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NCAAF National Championship Preview

Just one game remains in the college football season and it’s the most important one of all – the National Championship game. The Alabama Crimson Tide take on the Georgia Bulldogs on Monday, January 8 at 8 PM ET in Atlanta, so make sure you don’t miss a moment of it. This promises to be a quality matchup where the two very best teams in college football go head to head to decide the national champion.

 

(4) Alabama Crimson Tide vs. (3) Georgia Bulldogs

Favourite: Alabama -5

Talk of whether the SEC conference is overrated seems to permeate the college football world every season and this year was no exception. However, there’s no denying that the top of the conference is as strong as ever, with Alabama and Georgia being worthy participants in the national title game.

The Bulldogs secured their spot in one of the most entertaining football games of all time in this year’s Rose Bowl contest, especially if you enjoy offense. For a while it looked like the best player in college football, Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield, was too much for Georgia to handle as the Sooners got out to a 31-14 lead in the first half. Staying patient and true to their game plan of running the football until their opponent wore down, Kirby Smart’s team came back with a vengeance in the second half, with running backs Sony Michel and Nick Chubb carving up a weak Sooner defense. In the end, Georgia overwhelmed Oklahoma with 317 total rushing yards and prevailed in a 54-48 double overtime affair.

By contrast, the Sugar Bowl yielded a much more lopsided game, with Alabama in control for all four quarters on their way to a 24-6 win over the Clemson Tigers. Seemingly unprepared to handle Alabama’s defensive onslaught, Clemson managed just 188 yards of total offense and never posed any real threat to a determined Alabama unit.

 The national championship odds favour Alabama by five points over Georgia as Nick Saban is hoping for a similar outcome to the Sugar Bowl. The quarterback edge goes to Crimson Tide’s Jalen Hurts, who has had more big game experience than Georgia’s freshman Jake Fromm. However, neither team is renowned for airing it out, so the matchup to watch will be Georgia’s offensive line against Alabama’s defensive front seven. NFL prospects Sony Michel and Nick Chubb are Georgia’s most explosive weapons; they’ll be looking to put on a show in their final hurrah with college football. If Alabama’s top-ranked defense is successful at containing Georgia’s running back duo, it could be a long day for Kirby Smart and his team. Otherwise, Georgia will have a bona fide shot at the title.

 

*Odds as of January 5, 2018