While Georgia has effectively locked up its spot in the College Football Playoff, defending national champion Alabama likely needs to pull an upset in order to make the four-team field – or at least have a really close loss that still shows it is still one of the best teams in the country.
Either way, a win for the Bulldogs would be a good omen for a program that hasn’t won a national championship since 1980, as 14 of the last 15 SEC champions have gone on to play in the national title game. Unfortunately for them, the Crimson Tide have won six straight games in the series.
Here’s how our staff at BuckeyesNow expects the game to go down:
GEORGIA vs. ALABAMA – Saturday, 4 p.m. on CBS
Spread: Georgia (-6)
O/U Total: 49.5
Brendan Gulick: Georgia 31, Alabama 30
The Bulldogs feel like an obvious pick because of the way they’ve totally dominated their competition this year. I have literally not spoken to a single person anywhere in the country that doesn’t think the Bulldogs are the No. 1 team in the nation.
But I can’t ignore this little voice in my head that keeps reminding me that Nick Saban and Alabama don’t go away quietly. I’m taking Georgia to win in epic fashion, kicking a field goal as time expires and probably knock the reigning national champion Crimson Tide out of the College Football Playoff.
Andrew Lind: Alabama 35, Georgia 28
I don’t care how good Georgia has looked all season defensively, I just can’t pick against a Nick Saban-led team when the season is on the line. The Bulldogs also haven’t faced an offense as dynamic as the Crimson Tide’s all season, and that will show as their own offense struggles to keep pace.
Alabama quarterback Bryce Young will find wide receiver Jameson Williams for the game-winning touchdown pass in the final minutes to wrap up the Heisman Trophy and Biletnikoff Award for the duo.
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