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The eyes of the university football globe will certainly get on Atlanta on Saturday in an SEC champion with hefty University Football Playoff risks on the line.


No. 1 Georgia will certainly go into the video game as a near-touchdown preferred to defeat No. 3 Alabama in the meeting title video game. Georgia has actually won the SEC national championship 3 times, with success being available in 2002, 2005 and also 2017. Never ever have the Bulldogs defeated Alabama in the clash, with the Crimson Trend having actually won in the only 2 times the sides have actually clashed in the match.


In general, Alabama has actually defeated Georgia 6 straight times going back to 2008. Georgia head trainer Kirby Smart has actually never ever beat his previous head instructor, Nick Saban.

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Yet this Georgia group looks various. Its protection is the very best in the country. It has a well balanced violation that standards 40.7 factors per video game. The Bulldogs are unbeaten, have actually outscored their challengers 488-83 this period as well as have actually not had a video game coating within a two-touchdown differential considering that a 10-3 win versus Clemson in Week 1.

This really feels like the year if ever before there was a year for Georgia. What then for Alabama? Do the Crimson Trend get to the University Football Playoff with an 11-2 document, as well as no seminar title? Sporting Information simplifies.

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Alabama"s return to

Prior to we study what requires to occur for the Trend to bet a nationwide chammpionship, it deserves keeping in mind that a two-loss group getting to the CFP would certainly be an initially. There have actually just been 4 groups to get to the playoff without winning a championship game: 2016 Ohio State, 2017 Alabama, 2018 Notre Dame as well as 2020 Notre Dame. None of those groups shed greater than one video game. However this is currently an uncommon year for the CFP. Cincinnati can be the initial Team of 5 group to get to the playoff. Clemson is gotten rid of from opinion. Ohio State is just about definitely gotten rid of from opinion. If Alabama doesn"t make it, the area will likely contain 4 groups that have actually never ever won a CFP title.

It"s likewise worth considering what the board is presently considering with the Crimson Trend. Alabama has actually looked unstable in current weeks, going back to a slim 20-14 win versus LSU on Nov. 6. After a beatdown of New Mexico State, the Crimson Trend were once more in a close battle versus No. 21 Arkansas, where a late drive supplied a 42-35 win. Then, in competition week, Alabama hardly endured a scare versus unranked Auburn, requiring 4 overtimes to win 24-22.

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The current efficiencies, combined with a significant win by now-No. 2 Michigan over previous No. 2 Ohio State, have actually gone down the Crimson Trend from its 2nd area in the CFP positions to No. 3, simply 2 places over the cutoff to get to the playoff. Obtain burnt out by Georgia in the SEC Champion, and also Alabama"s playoff opportunities are probably gone.

There"s still a great deal to such as with the Crimson Trend, which is why this discussion is also occurring. Alabama has a Heisman Prize frontrunner in Bryce Youthful-- just one Heisman champion has actually missed out on the CFP-- and also rates amongst the most effective groups in all significant groups.




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Ordinary Per Video game FBS Ranking
Overall Crime 492.2 backyards 7
Rating Crime 42.7 factors 5
Complete Protection 294.2 backyards 7
Rating Protection 19.9 factors 20

That"s a stout return to that couple of various other groups can match, and also definitely seems one for a group ready to get to the CFP. However the Trend might be burnt out by the Bulldogs. They can shed a close video game, yet have the continuing to be faves win their seminars. There might be turmoil. To consider Alabama"s opportunities, we"re damaging the circumstances down right into 2 classifications: a blowout loss and also a close loss for Alabama.

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Alabama obtains burnt out

If Michigan as well as No. 4 Cincinnati win their championship game video games, a blowout loss to the Bulldogs can include the Battling Irish to go up from No. 6 to squeal in at No. 4 after No. 5 Oklahoma State shed to Baylor in the Large 12 title video game.

There"s a minimum of an opportunity Alabama makes it in with a blowout loss. If Michigan sheds to Iowa, the Wolverines will certainly schedule for a tumble, and also No. 13 Iowa would certainly have a lengthy method to reach surpass Alabama. No. 9 Baylor currently defeated No. 5 Oklahoma State, probably removing both Large 12 groups from CFP opinion. Notre Dame"s return to continues to be doubtful adhering to an 11-1 project that includes no victories versus groups presently in the leading 25.

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Nevertheless, the Combating Irish are No. 6 and also have simply one loss. In the past, that has actually sufficed to obtain them in. There has actually never ever been a two-loss group get to the CFP, which might be a harder obstacle for Alabama to remove with a blowout loss. If Cincinnati and also Michigan both win, the playoff quite possibly can be Georgia, Michigan, Cincinnati and also Notre Dame.

The probability of both Cincinnati as well as Michigan shedding is not likely, though much from difficult. Yet once more, in a blowout loss circumstance, Michigan and also Cincinnati winning their title video games would possibly suffice to press the Crimson Trend out of the playoff for just the 2nd time in its background.

Georgia wins a close video game

Currently, suppose Georgia simply hardly scuffed by Alabama? This is where points obtain fascinating for the board and also the Crimson Trend. As pointed out, Alabama"s return to is one couple of can contrast.

If among Michigan or Cincinnati shed on Saturday, Alabama numbers to be one of the most likely group to profit. Despite the board not holding Notre Dame"s training modification versus them, the Combating Irish still have an uphill struggle to get to the playoff. Does a Notre Dame group without any placed victories, a loss to Cincinnati and also a new head instructor make the CFP over an Alabama group with 2 placed success, a close loss to No. 1 Georgia as well as a three-point roadway loss to No. 25 Texas A&M? It can go in any case.

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Yet Oklahoma State has actually currently shed, removing among the prospective competitors with Alabama for that last area. Possibly Baylor can press itself right into the image after retrieving among its 2 losses this period by defeating the Cowboys, however that"s still a big space to cover.

The Crimson Trend are in if Michigan and also Cincinnati shed as well as Alabama maintains its loss close. If also one sheds, Alabama numbers to be in, though it is probably a larger concern relying on which group it was that dropped. The discussion will certainly be in between Notre Dame and also Alabama if neither sheds.

Inevitably, Alabama will certainly require a little helpful must it shed. Win, and also the conversation mores than: the Crimson Trend remain in, and also most likely No. 1. Shed, as well as there"s mosting likely to be a great deal of followers in Tuscaloosa, Ala., waiting breathless.

This blog post has actually been upgraded to mirror No. 5 Oklahoma State"s loss to No. 9 Baylor in the Huge 12 National Championship.