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Dawgs and BAMA Meet for College Football Playoff Championship

College Football Playoff Championship Game

Is the Passing of the Torch at Hand in College Football Playoff Championship?

The Alabama Crimson Tide and the Georgia Bulldogs will meet in the College Football Playoff Championship Game on Monday. The Southeastern Conference foes meet at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Kickoff is set for 8:15 pm EST on ESPN.

Oddsmakers opened the Crimson Tide as -4-point favorites versus the Bulldogs, while the game’s total opened at 47. The line is back to -4 now after getting up to 5.5 earlier last week, then last night went to Alabama -3.5. The total is down to 45.5 at the moment.

The SEC is about to take it’s ninth national title in the past 12 seasons as the Crimson Tide and Bulldogs meet Monday night. Talk of the SEC being down was way overrated and tonight in Atlanta, Georgia the Conference can shine in prime time.

Alabama is playing in its third straight College Football Playoff championship game. The Tide is seeking its fifth national title in nine years under coach Nick Saban. Georgia has went out and hired former Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart. He has Georgia in the title game in only his second season.

This is Georgia’s first national title shot since losing the 1983 Sugar Bowl to Dan Marino and the Pitt Panthers. They have not won a National Championship since 1980 with NCAA, and UGA legend, Herschel Walker leading the way.

Both Teams Looked Impressive in Semi-final Wins

The Crimson Tide proved they belonged with a 24-6 victory over defending national champ Clemson at the Sugar Bowl. It was a rematch of last year’s title game.

Georgia assured that one SEC team would be playing for the title earlier in the day. They beat Oklahoma 54-48 in double-overtime at the Rose Bowl. Sony Michel’s touchdown run ensured the win and made the game an “Instant Classic”. The Bulldogs rallied from a 31-14 deficit in the second quarter.

Alabama and Georgia are in different divisions of the 14-team SEC. They have played just four times in Saban’s 11 years in Tuscaloosa. Bama is 3-1 in those games.

The most painful for Georgia was the 2012 SEC Championship Game. A late drive fess just short in a 32-28 loss. Alabama went on the crush the overrated Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

College Football Playoff Will Feature Strength Versus Strength

Georgia running backs Michel and Nick Chubb combined for 326 yards rushing and five touchdowns against Oklahoma. Michel also scored on a pass from freshman quarterback Jake Fromm.

Georgia’s defense that gave up 531 yards to the Sooners in the national semifinal. That number doesn’t tell the whole story. The real story is that Georgia’s defense won that game by generating five straight stops to start the second half.

Georgia needs to find just enough stops against the Tide to get it done. It starts with Julien Rochester, Trenton Thompson, Roquan Smith, Lorenzo Carter. They make up a very fast and physical defensive front seven.

This is by-far Saban’s best rushing offense at Alabama. They are averaging 255.8-yards per game. That’s second to Georgia in the SEC by an average of 12 yards per game.

There are no 1,000-yard rushers at Alabama but five players have run for at least 276 yards. In fact, Hurts has the most carries. Look for a series of designed runs from Hurts. He has 28 percent of all Alabama rushes since he walked onto the field for the Tide.

 

 

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Recent Form

Name Record ATS Offense Defense Diff ATS Home ATS Away OU Record OU Home OU Away
Alabama 12-1 6-7 37.92 11.08 26.84 4-4 2-3 5-8 3-5 2-3
Georgia 13-1 10-4 36.29 15.71 20.58 3-3 7-1 6-8 2-4 4-4
Power Stats
Yards Per Point
Name Offense Defense Differential
ALAB 11.99 22.79 -10.8
GEORGI 12.13 18.43 -6.3
Yards Per Pass
Name Offense Defense Differential
ALAB 13.76 9.80 3.96
GEORGI 14.24 10.34 3.9
Yards Per Rush
Name Offense Defense Differential
ALAB 5.81 2.70 3.11
GEORGI 5.99 3.65 2.34
Team Records

Alabama Crimson Tide

Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 12-1 8-0 4-1 6-7 4-4 2-3 37.92 11.08 26.84
vs Conf 7-1 4-0 3-1 3-5 2-2 1-3 38.38 12.25 26.13
Last 3 2-1 1-0 1-1 2-1 1-0 1-1 31.33 10.67 20.66

Georgia Bulldogs

Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 13-1 6-0 7-1 10-4 3-3 7-1 36.29 15.71 20.58
vs Conf 8-1 4-0 4-1 6-3 2-2 4-1 35.89 13.56 22.33
Last 3 3-0 0-0 3-0 3-0 0-0 3-0 40.00 20.67 19.33

College Football Playoff Supergrid

Title Stat Rank Stat Rank
Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense 37.92 12 15.71 5
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense 36.29 17 11.08 1

Head To Head Summary

Name Record ATS OU Score Rush YPR PA CP PY TY TO +/-
Alabama 4-3 3-4 5-2 30.43 163.57 4.03 23.00 55.28 167.29 330.86 1.57
Georgia 3-4 4-3 5-2 22.57 129.71 3.57 33.71 51.69 207.71 337.43 3.00

Head To Head Detail

Date Away Home Score Line Total OU Result ARY APY ATY ATT HRY HPY HTY HTT Away Team Attempts Home Team Attempts Away Team Completions Home Team Completions
Oct 3, 2015 ALAB GEORGI 38-10 189 190 379 2 193 106 299 4
Dec 1, 2012 ALAB GEORGI 32-28 350 162 512 2 113 281 394 1
Sep 27, 2008 ALAB GEORGI 41-30 129 205 334 1 50 274 324 2
Sep 22, 2007 GEORGI ALAB 26-23 153 224 377 2 164 185 349 1
Oct 4, 2003 ALAB GEORGI 23-37 94 115 209 3 96 274 370 3
Oct 5, 2002 GEORGI ALAB 27-25 161 224 385 3 109 197 306 2
Sep 30, 1995 ALAB GEORGI 31-0 110 117 227 0 142 71 213 6

College Football Playoff Betting Trends

Team Last 5 Games

Alabama Crimson Tide

Date Opponent score Result line ATS Result offensive rush yards offensive passing yards offensive total yards defensive rush yards defensive passing yards defensive total yards turnovers Location
Jan 1, 2018 CLEM 24-6 W -3.5/47 W/U 141 120 261 64 124 188 -1 A
Nov 25, 2017 AUBRN 14-26 L -5/47 L/U 209 168 377 168 240 408 0 A
Nov 18, 2017 MERC 56-0 W -49/ 265 265 530 107 54 161 -1 H
Nov 11, 2017 MIS.ST 31-24 W -14/49.5 L/O 202 242 444 172 158 330 0 A
Nov 4, 2017 LSU 24-10 W -20.5/46.5 L/U 116 183 299 151 155 306 -1 H

Georgia Bulldogs

Date Opponent score Result line ATS Result offensive rush yards offensive passing yards offensive total yards defensive rush yards defensive passing yards defensive total yards turnovers Location
Jan 1, 2018 OKLA 54-48 W -2.5/62.5 W/O 317 210 527 242 289 531 0 A
Dec 2, 2017 AUBRN 28-7 W -2/48 W/U 238 183 421 114 145 259 -2 A
Nov 25, 2017 GATECH 38-7 W -11.5/51 W/U 247 224 471 188 38 226 -1 A
Nov 18, 2017 KENTUC 42-13 W -22.5/48.5 W/O 381 123 504 124 138 262 0 H
Nov 11, 2017 AUBRN 17-40 L -2.5/48 L/O 46 184 230 237 251 488 1 A

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