The 2022 College Football season comes to an end Monday night when the number three ranked Georgia Bulldogs take on the number one ranked Alabama Crimson Tide. Here’s everything you need to know before Monday’s big game.
Alabama handed Georgia their lone loss of the year earlier in the season during the SEC Championship Game and will look to beat the ‘Dawgs for the second time in the National Championship. Led by legendary Head Coach Nick Saban, Alabama has been nothing short of dominant this season. Alabama ranks fifth in the country in total offense averaging 494.6 yards per game, eighth in passing with an average of 336 yards per game, and lastly, fourth in scoring with an incredible average of 41.1 points a game. A key player to watch offensively for the Crimson Tide is Heiman Trophy-winning Quarterback Bryce Young who is ranked third in the nation with 4,503 passing yards, and second with 46 touchdown passes.
Defensively, Alabama is also great. They rank eighth in total yards allowed with 306.2 per game, fourth in rushing yards allowed with 82.8, 20th in points allowed with 20.2, and lastly third in sacks with 46. A key player to watch for the ‘Bama defense is Sophomore linebacker Will Anderson Jr, who currently leads the nation with 17.5 sacks this season.
Alabama is a formidable foe indeed and will look to do what they can to get Nick Saban his seventh National Championship. Now, here’s a look at their opponent…
Head Coach Kirby Smart and the Georgia Bulldogs will come into Monday’s game with a chip on their shoulders, losing their hopes of an undefeated season to Alabama in the SEC Championship game 41-24. However, all of that can be erased with a victory Monday Night.
Georgia’s Quarterback Stetson Bennett did not record a 300-yard passing game during the regular season with his highest being 288. However, he did throw for 340 in the SEC Championship game against Alabama, and 313 against Michigan in the Semifinals. Bennett threw three touchdown passes during those two games and tossed four against Georgia Tech during the final game of the season. Bennett seems to be trending upward as the playoffs progress, so keep an eye on him during the game, as he is due for a big performance.
Dominant, that is what Georgia’s defense has been all season. Georgia’s defense has had only one game this season in which they gave up more than 13 points, and that was against Alabama when they gave up 41. Georgia’s defense has shut down the likes of Clemson(only gave up 3 points), Michigan(Gave up 11 points), and even the surprising Arkansas Razorbacks(Gave up 0 points). So why is it that they struggled against Bama? Georgia failed to obtain a sack during the SEC Championship and gave up 421 passing yards. Georgia has a really good run defense, so by stopping Bama’s passing attack and forcing them to run the ball, Georgia will have some success.
Now, time for my picks…
Both teams are really good, so it is tough to pick a clear winner. Alabama has a really good defense as opposed to Georgia’s dominant defense. For Alabama to win they need to pass the ball as they did earlier against Georgia, with 421 yards and three TDs. As for Georgia, they know Alabama’s attack, and if they can stop the pass and force them to run the ball, Alabama will have a hard time generating much offense.
My pick, Alabama. Consistency is key and Nick Saban knows that all too well. Alabama is back in the National Championship game for the second year in a row and that’s not a coincidence. Alabama is ranked number one in the nation, and they’ll prove it again Monday Night.
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