And here’s our selection for The College Football Championship.
All odds courtesy of Oddsshark.com
Monday, January 8
Alabama vs. Georgia
Line – Alabama by 4
This championship game is a showcase for the best conference in the country, the SEC. This will be just the second time since the Bowl Championship series was created in 1998 that two teams from the same conference will face off for the national title – the first came between Alabama and LSU in 2011.
Georgia’s semifinal contest was a shootout with Oklahoma that saw the Bulldogs pull the victory in double overtime. Georgia’s defense bent, but didn’t break, giving up 48 points overall on the night. Eventually they were able to tear down the Sooners offense led by Roquan Smith and the linebacker unit.
Georgia’s running back tandem of Sony Michel and Nick Chubb tore up the Oklahoma defense for 326 yards and five touchdowns on the ground – plus Michel added another through the air and scored the game winner in the second overtime. However, the performance of freshman QB Jake Fromm can’t be ignored, as he threw two touchdowns and no interceptions for the third consecutive game.
The Crimson Tide put away any doubts that they belong in the national championship game with a dominating performance against defending national champion Clemson in the Sugar Bowl. Nick Saban and company held the Tigers to just six points and 188 yards. That outing marked the seventh time this season that Alabama’s vaunted defense has held the opposition to single-digits.
Offensively, Alabama continues to depend on Jalen Hurts. The quarterback was not asked to do too much but threw two touchdowns with no interceptions vs Clemson. Hurts has now gone six games since his lone interception on the season.
A couple of nuggets to crunch on. This game will be in Atlanta and will feel like Sanford Stadium, as Mercedes-Benz Stadium is just an hour away from Athens. But there will be plenty of Crimson Tide faithful making the trek from Tuscaloosa. Also, disciples of Nick Saban are 0-11 in head to head matchups. Georgia head coach Kirby Smart was Saban’s defensive coordinator from 2008-15. Basically, the Bulldogs will have to slow the game down by using their running backs. But I give the edge to the Crimson Tide based on their defensive play during the year. A win will give Alabama their 17th national championship and put Saban as one of the greatest college football coaches of all time.
Smooth’s Pick – Alabama (38-31)
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