As Alabama tries to repeat as national champions for the first time in 10 years, Nick Saban’s team will have to beat Georgia for the second time this season. The Crimson Tide and the Bulldogs met previously in the SEC title game, where Alabama easily won 41-24 in a game in which Heisman winner Bryce Young threw for 421 yards and three touchdowns against a tough defense of Georgia.
This game, in addition to being a rematch of this year’s SEC title game, is also a rematch of the 2018 national championship game, which Alabama won 26-23 in overtime.
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Alabama has been both domineering and vulnerable at times. They have the sixth best total offense in the nation, are the second best team at third down and also have the third highest scoring offense. That’s due in large part to Young, as well as wide receiver Jameson Williams and running back Brian Robinson, who both left in the SEC title game.
Yet four of Alabama’s victories this season were by a single possession, including a comeback in the Iron Bowl that ended in four overtime. The Tide also have a loss on their schedule, when Texas A&M beat them with an out field goal.
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Meanwhile, Georgia has relied heavily on its defense to win games this season, ranking first in scoring defense and second in total defense, while still scoring 38.8 points per game. The core of Georgia’s defensive success has been linebacker Nakobe Dean and defensive lineman Jordan Davis, as well as defensive coordinator Dan Lanning.
Offensively, the Bulldogs don’t have a real star in any position like Alabama does, although quarterback Stetson Bennett IV has been solid, while running back James Cook and wide receiver George Pickens could have standout games.
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Alabama vs. Live Updates Georgia, highlights
Live updates will start here around 8pm
What channel is Alabama vs. Georgia tonight?
The main broadcast of the College Football Playoff national championship between Alabama and Georgia will air nationally on ESPN. Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit will serve as play-by-play announcers and analysts, respectively, while Holly Rowe and Molly McGrath will serve on the sidelines.
In addition to the main broadcast on ESPN, viewers have a few alternate options for watching the CFP Championship game via ESPN’s “Megacast,” including:
- Coaches Cinema Room: ESPN2
- Command Center: ESPNU
- Skycast: ESPNEWS
- Local Radio (Alabama First Half, Georgia Second Half): SEC network
- All-22: ESPN app
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What time does the college football championship game start?
- Date: Monday January 10
- Hour: 8 pm ET | 5 pm Pacific Time
The National College Football Playoff Championship between Alabama and Georgia is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. ET on Monday, January 10.
Alabama vs. Georgia odds
Georgia opened as a 2.5-point favorite over Alabama, despite the Crimson Tide’s previous victory over the Bulldogs in the SEC championship game. That line moved a further half a point in Georgia’s direction a week before the game, according to FanDuel.
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