National Championship Preview
#3 Georgia Bulldogs (13-1) vs #4 Alabama Crimson Tide (12-1)
Monday, January 8th at 7:00 pm – Mercedes-Benz Stadium – Atlanta, GA (ESPN)
If the National Championship game were a scene in Star Wars the finale of the 2017 college football season would feature a battle between the Supreme Leader (Bama’s Head Coach Nick Saban) and his ex-loyal Apprentice (Georgia’s head coach Kirby Smart). For those who may not know, Kirby Smart and Nick Saban worked on the same coaching staff for over a decade. Smart was Saban’s Defensive Coordinator for eight of his nine seasons at Alabama. He was also on Saban’s staff at LSU and with the Miami Dolphins. It goes without saying that these two head coaches know each other inside and out, adding a layer of intrigue to a match-up already ripe with anticipation.
When you consider the fact Kirby Smart honed his coaching skills under the tutelage of Nick Saban it probably shouldn’t be a surprise that Georgia and Alabama have a lot in common. Both teams are in the SEC (Georgia won the East and Bama came in second in the West). Both teams feature run-first offenses, and smash mouth defenses. Both teams are loaded with NFL talent on both sides of the football. Both teams have one loss on the season. Both of those losses were to Auburn during the regular season, however, Georgia was able to redeem themselves by beating Auburn in their rematch at the SEC Championship game.
Folks, this National Championship game is an even match-up between two SEC powers. These two teams are bitter rivals. There will be a ton of talent on display. Yes, when it comes to college football games this is the big daddy of them all, but there is more on the line here than just a championship.
This is about pride, respect, and bragging rights.
Has the Apprentice finally surpassed the skills of The Supreme Leader? Lordy, we sure hope so. It’s safe to say no one, besides Bama fans, wants to see Nick Saban win another championship.
The only thing we’re going to predict is one damn good football game… we’ll leave the predicting up to all of you experts! Good luck!
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