PREVIEW: Georgia faces Alabama in College Football Playoff Championship

College Football Playoff inhabitant championship game: No. 3 Georgia (13-1) vs. No. 4 Alabama (12-1) during Atlanta, Monday, 8 p.m. ET (ESPN)

Line: Alabama by 3 +

Series: Alabama leads 38-25-4.

WHAT’S AT STAKE?

The inhabitant championship, many importantly, though that’s not all. Georgia manager Kirby Smart could turn a initial of Nick Saban’s former assistants to kick him as a conduct coach. Saban is 11-0 opposite his former employees. Alabama is going for a fifth inhabitant pretension underneath Saban given 2009 and 11th during a vital check era, that started in 1936. No propagandize has won some-more than Alabama’s 10 AP inhabitant championships. The Crimson Tide is personification in a CFP pretension diversion for a third true season, carrying separate a prior dual with Clemson. Georgia is acid for a initial inhabitant championship given 1980, second overall, in a initial outing to a playoff.

KEY MATCHUP

Georgia RBs Nick Chubb and Sony Michel opposite Alabama’s top-ranked run defense, led by NT Da’Ron Payne. Seniors Chubb and Michel are a initial Georgia teammates to run for some-more than 1,000 yards in a same deteriorate and a roommates went off in final week’s Rose Bowl feat opposite Oklahoma, mixing for 326 yards rushing and 6 touchdowns. Alabama allows 2.7 yards per lift and a 302-pound Payne’s play is pivotal, immoderate blockers and permitting linebackers such as Rashaan Evans to lane down round carriers. If Georgia’s energetic twin of Chubb and Michel is slowed that puts some-more vigour on beginner quarterback Jake Fromm to produce.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Alabama: QB Jalen Hurts. The sophomore has now led his group to a championship diversion in back-to-back years. Still, his shortcomings tend get some-more courtesy than his strengths. Hurts is not a many polished passer, though he threw 17 touchdowns and usually one interception and ran for 808 yards and 8 touchdowns.

Georgia: LB Roquan Smith. The Butkus Award leader as a nation’s tip linebacker and a usually defensive actor to finish in a top-10 of Heisman voting. Even in a diversion that featured 104 points and some-more than 1,000 yards of offense, Smith was one of a best players on a margin in a Rose Bowl opposite Oklahoma.

FACTS FIGURES

Alabama OLB Anfernee Jennings, who was one of a Tide’s best players opposite Clemson, is out with a knee injury. Jamey Mosley and Terrell Lewis will expected collect adult personification time with Jennings out. … Georgia OT Isaiah Wynn and Alabama OT Jonah Williams were both all-SEC selections. Wynn was a second-team All-American and Williams done a third team. … Alabama WR Calvin Ridley is third on Alabama’s career receiving list with 2,749 yards and second in catches with 220. … Saban is 20-12 opposite teams ranked in a tip 5 in his career … Chubb and Michel have total for 8,259 yards rushing, some-more than any FBS using behind twin and leading SMU stars Craig James and Eric Dickerson, who ran for 8,192 yards. … Alabama is No. 1 in a nation in yards per play authorised (3.92). Georgia is eighth (4.65).

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