The college football champion for the 2021 season will be crowned in Indianapolis on Monday night as SEC rivals Alabama and Georgia meet in the playoff’s national title game.
The meeting is a rematch from last month when the Crimson Tide took down the then-No. 1 Bulldogs, 41-24, that earned them a place in the playoff and gave coach Nick Saban his fourth victory in four tries against former assistant Kirby Smart.
Saban is seeking his seventh national title at Alabama and his eighth overall, more than any coach in major college football history. It would also be the second repeat championship for the Crimson Tide under Saban after winning in 2011 and 2012.
Georgia will be trying to end a 41-year drought between titles that dates back to the freshman season of all-time great Herschel Walker in 1980. The Bulldogs also lost to Alabama in the 2017 title game, the other previous meeting of conference foes in the national championship.
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There will be star power all around the field with Alabama’s offense boasting Heisman Trophy winner Bryce Young at quarterback and Jameson Williams at receiver, along with All-America linebacker Will Anderson. Georgia will counter with several defensive stars, led by defensive lineman Jordan Davis and linebacker Naboke Dean.
After a 67-yard run by James Cook put the Bulldogs in scoring position, his senior sidekick Zamir White scored on a 1-yard touchdown run giving the Bulldogs their first lead at 13-9 with 1:20 left in the third quarter.
Pressure is squarely on the Alabama offense that has just three field goals so far.
Without their two top receivers, the Crimson Tide needed to change some things with their offense starting on their 2. Offensive coordinator got running back Brian Robinson established on the ground early on the latest drive before mixing in short passes to Robinson and wide receivers.
It got the Georgia defense off balance and fatigue seemed to set in. But the Bulldogs did eventually stiffen when Alabama reached their 30 to force a field goal. Will Reichard’s attempt was blocked and the score remains 9-6 in favor of Alabama with 3:18 left in the third quarter.
The Crimson Tide ran 17 plays for 68 yards and took 7:45 off clock and ended with no points.