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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Alabama vs Georgia: College Football Playoff National Championship, What’s Going To Happen

Don’t pick against Alabama in the national championship.

No, don’t. Seriously, you do NOT pick against Alabama in the national championship.

Clemson won the 2017 version in Tampa – yeah, yeah, yeah, Hunter Renfrow got clean on the game-winner because Artavis Scott wiped out Minkah Fitzpatrick on a pick play – but you weren’t wrong to pick Alabama

Clemson annihilated the Tide 44-16 in Santa Clara – and you weren’t wrong to pick Alabama then, either.

Over the long haul, you’re never, ever, ever, ever wrong to pick Alabama.

2020 Ohio State spent all of last season in desperate need of redemption against Clemson after losing the thriller of a College Football Playoff semifinal the year before.

Justin Fields got hurt in the win over the Tigers and wasn’t right in the CFP National Championship, RB Trey Sermon went out immediately, and DeVonta Smith went DeVonta Smith in the easy Alabama win over the Buckeyes.

Ohio State had the talent and the ability, but it got its win against Clemson – the next step was like playing with house money, at least from a national perspective.

Clemson was always laser-focused on Alabama. It fought the good fight in the 2016 loss, never looked away from the target on the way to winning in 2017, and brought the perfect attitude and gameplan to Santa Clara in 2019.

All of those Tiger teams were incredible, but they didn’t quite have Alabama’s otherworldly talent and depth at all 22 spots. They had transcendent quarterbacks and the right mix of star power to get it done twice.

Notre Dame had absolutely no prayer of beating Bama in the BCS Championship at the end of 2012, LSU ran into an all-time defensive brick wall in the 2011 season’s version, and Texas was done when it lost Colt McCoy right away in the Rose Bowl to finish 2009.

Oh sure, Alabama under Nick Saban has been involved in national championship games against unbeaten teams and No. 1 squads, but other than 2011 LSU, this is one of the few times it gets to deal with someone on its level of depth, talent, and five-star recruits all across the board.

Almost all of the top players on both sides could start for the other team – quarterback being the key exception. Bama can’t out-athletic or out-talent the Dawgs.

Georgia is right there with Alabama when it comes to recruiting, infrastructure, and ability. It just doesn’t have the trophies in the case.

Sticking with the call – the Georgia defense we saw all season long was going to show up large for the mini-tournament – from the moment the College Football Playoff pairings were announced, Georgia is the team of 2021, and it’s about to show it.

Alabama’s D will be amazing, too. Georgia will have a hard time moving the ball – especially after the initial adrenaline rush slows down – but the defense will hold serve time and time again.

There will be one giant Alabama big play for a score – and it might happen in the first five minutes – but the O will settle for field goal after field goal as the Dawgs will look and play like they have 14 defenders on the field as the game goes on.

This won’t be anything pretty, but it’ll be intense throughout – it’ll always feel like the dam is about to break at any moment and Alabama will take over – but no one knows better than Saban that destructive defenses win national titles.

No, you’re never, ever, ever wrong to pick Alabama.

Even if Georgia is about to win the national championship for the 2021 college football season.

College Football Playoff National Championship: Alabama vs Georgia Prediction, Lines

Georgia 26, Alabama 23
Line: Georgia -2.5, o/u: 52.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 1.5
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College Football Playoff National Championship History

Jan. 11, 2021 Alabama 52, Ohio State 24
Jan. 13, 2020 LSU 42, Clemson 25
Jan. 7, 2019 Clemson 44, Alabama 16
Jan. 8, 2018 Alabama 26, Georgia 23 OT
Jan. 9, 2017 Clemson 35, Alabama 31
Jan. 11, 2016 Alabama 40, Clemson 34
Jan. 12, 2015 Ohio State 42, Oregon 20

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