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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NameRecordATSOffenseDefenseDiffATS HomeATS AwayOU RecordOU HomeOU Away
Power Stats
Yards Per Point
Yards Per Pass
Yards Per Rush
Team Records

Alabama Crimson Tide

NameRecordHomeAwayATSATS HomeATS AwayOffenseDefenseDiff
vs Conf7-14-03-13-52-21-338.3812.2526.13
Last 32-11-01-12-11-01-131.3310.6720.66

Georgia Bulldogs

NameRecordHomeAwayATSATS HomeATS AwayOffenseDefenseDiff
vs Conf8-14-04-16-32-24-135.8913.5622.33
Last 33-00-03-03-00-03-040.0020.6719.33

College Football Playoff Supergrid

Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense37.921215.715
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense36.291711.081

Head To Head Summary


Head To Head Detail

DateAwayHomeScoreLineTotalOU ResultARYAPYATYATTHRYHPYHTYHTTAway Team AttemptsHome Team AttemptsAway Team CompletionsHome Team Completions
Oct 3, 2015ALABGEORGI38-1018919037921931062994
Dec 1, 2012ALABGEORGI32-2835016251221132813941
Sep 27, 2008ALABGEORGI41-301292053341502743242
Sep 22, 2007GEORGIALAB26-2315322437721641853491
Oct 4, 2003ALABGEORGI23-37941152093962743703
Oct 5, 2002GEORGIALAB27-2516122438531091973062
Sep 30, 1995ALABGEORGI31-01101172270142712136

College Football Playoff Betting Trends

Team Last 5 Games

Alabama Crimson Tide

DateOpponentscoreResultlineATS Resultoffensive rush yardsoffensive passing yardsoffensive total yardsdefensive rush yardsdefensive passing yardsdefensive total yardsturnoversLocation
Jan 1, 2018CLEM24-6W-3.5/47W/U14112026164124188-1A
Nov 25, 2017AUBRN14-26L-5/47L/U2091683771682404080A
Nov 18, 2017MERC56-0W-49/26526553010754161-1H
Nov 11, 2017MIS.ST31-24W-14/49.5L/O2022424441721583300A
Nov 4, 2017LSU24-10W-20.5/46.5L/U116183299151155306-1H

Georgia Bulldogs

DateOpponentscoreResultlineATS Resultoffensive rush yardsoffensive passing yardsoffensive total yardsdefensive rush yardsdefensive passing yardsdefensive total yardsturnoversLocation
Jan 1, 2018OKLA54-48W-2.5/62.5W/O3172105272422895310A
Dec 2, 2017AUBRN28-7W-2/48W/U238183421114145259-2A
Nov 25, 2017GATECH38-7W-11.5/51W/U24722447118838226-1A
Nov 18, 2017KENTUC42-13W-22.5/48.5W/O3811235041241382620H
Nov 11, 2017AUBRN17-40L-2.5/48L/O461842302372514881A

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