Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Georgia Bulldogs

Georgia Bulldogs (13-1) vs. Alabama Crimson Tide (12-1)

CFB: Monday, January 8th, 2018, 8:00PM @ Mercedes-Benz Stadium ESPN

Pick: Georgia +4.5


The Alabama Crimson Tide are fresh off of a dominant performance against the Clemson Tigers, and are looking for their 17th national championship in school history on Monday.  The Tide are coming off of a 24-6 win, and have been victorious in five of their last six games played at neutral sites.  Jalen Hurts has accumulated 2,060 yards on 61.4 percent completion, also adding 17 touchdowns and one interception.  In six of his past eight games, Hurts has completed one touchdown pass.  Calvin Ridley and Jerry Jeudy have 1,179 receiving yards and six touchdowns combined, while Henry Ruggs III has nine receptions to his name.  The Tide’s ground game is averaging 255.7 yards per game, and Damien Harris is leading the way with 983 yards and 11 touchdowns.  Alabama is allowing just 11.1 points per contest to go along with 252.4 yards.  Ronnie Harrison leads the team with 70 tackles on the defensive end, and Raekwon Davis has 7.5 sacks.

Coming off of a thrilling double-overtime victory against the Oklahoma Sooners, the Georgia Bulldogs are on the hunt for just their third championship in school history.  This Georgia team has been great at neutral sites, winning in each of their last four.  Quarterback Jake Fromm is sitting at a 63.7 percent completion rate on the season to go along with 2,383 yards, 23 touchdowns, and five interceptions.  In six of the last nine, Fromm has two touchdown passes.  Javon Wims and Terry Godwin have a combined 1,295 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns, while Mecole Hardman has 23 receptions.  The Bulldogs as a team have a 267.3-yard average in terms of ground game, with Nick Chubb being the leader in this area with 1,320 yards and 15 touchdowns.  Georgia is allowing 15.7 points per game on the defensive end, in addition to 289.5 allowed yards.  Roquan Smith is responsible for 124 tackles, Dominick Sanders has four interceptions, and D’Andre Walker has 5.5 sacks.


It’s that time of the season in college football that we’ve all been waiting for:  the national championship.  Georgia and Alabama have had close to perfect seasons in terms of their records alone, and this is almost sure to be a competitive game.  It’s so tough to make predictions here because both teams deserve it and have been playing so well all season, but at the end of the day there can only be one victor.  Georgia’s offense has been slightly superior this season, and their most recent game proves this as they scored more than twice that of Alabama.  Alabama makes up for it on the defensive end, as they have been very stingy here and therefore one of the best of the league.  Georgia is not too far behind defensively and is one of the best in the country as well, so even a defensive powerhouse like Alabama doesn’t get a huge advantage against this tough Bulldogs team.  I think Georgia could win this one, or at the very worst lose by about a field goal, which would still cover the 4.5-point spread.  Enjoy the game, and see you next season!

 Pick:  Georgia +4.5

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Author: Brad Stonebraker

Brad is a sports writer that utilizes a sense of humor when offering opinions. He offers unique insights into various sports, and knows all of the ins and outs of the NBA. He enjoys analyzing various stats, as well as studying statistics and analytics to take his picks to a whole new level.

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