Alabama vs Georgia: College Football Playoff National Championship Prediction, Game Preview

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Alabama vs Georgia: College Football Playoff National Championship Prediction, Game Preview

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Alabama vs Georgia: College Football Playoff National Championship Prediction, Game Preview

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Why Georgia Will Win The College Football Playoff National Championship

Maybe it really was just as simple as Alabama needed it, and Georgia didn’t.

Of course Georgia wanted to win the SEC Championship. Of course it would’ve liked to have faced Notre Dame or Baylor or Cincinnati or – considering the seeding would’ve been different – Michigan in Indianapolis.

But at the highest of high levels, that sliver’s bit of a difference among teams with equal overall talent might have just been that Bama was playing to stay alive in the national title hunt, and Georgia was already in no matter what.

This time around, Alabama doesn’t have star WR John Metchie – who caught six passes for 97 yards and a score before getting hurt – and Georgia can fully focus on stopping Jameson Williams, who ripped it up with 184 yards and two scores the first time around. That all starts with generating more pressure into the backfield.

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Georgia failed to sack Bryce Young and didn’t do much against the run behind the line, but it didn’t have a problem against the Alabama ground attack. Getting to Young is a must.

Give Alabama’s offensive line credit for coming up with its best performance of the season in the SEC Championship, but it didn’t keep the Cincinnati defensive front from getting to Young – at least a little bit – and pass protection was an issue at times throughout the season.

Georgia was among the best pass rushing teams in the nation this year. It didn’t register a sack – the only time this season it didn’t get one – against Alabama. The D was third in the nation in tackles for loss – it came up with a season-low four in the loss.

The Bulldog defense ramped up the pressure and intensity again in the win in the Orange Bowl, Nakobe Dean and company wore the Michigan backfield as a hat, and now this group should come out smoking.

Or …

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