TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — It’s all come down to this. Alabama football is set to face the Georgia Bulldogs for the national championship on Monday night inside the Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
The Crimson Tide are currently a 4-point favorite, according to VegasInsider.com. There’s not much else to say at this point.
Here are predictions from those who cover Alabama football for SEC Country:
Marq Burnett: Alabama 27, Georgia 17
It’s hard to envision a scenario where Georgia completes this run.
Never say never, but Nick Saban does not lose to former assistant coaches. He’s 11-0 against them. It’s also hard to envision a scenario where a team that’s built like Alabama beats Alabama doing what Alabama does best.
Chris Kirschner: Alabama 24, Georgia 13
I thought whichever team won the Sugar Bowl was going to win the national championship, and I’m sticking with my prediction. Alabama and Georgia are similar teams. Both coaching staffs know the other side well, but how can you pick against Nick Saban who is 11-0 against former assistants? Do we really think Alabama is going to lose back-to-back national championship games? Alabama is going to make Jake Fromm win this game, and while the freshman quarterback is talented, I’m going with the more experienced defense and quarterback on Alabama’s side.
Chris Walsh: Alabama 27, Georgia 19
Across the board, Alabama is a better team. If the Crimson Tide defense plays as well, and with the same intensity, as the Sugar Bowl, the Bulldogs are going to have a tough time scoring more than 1 touchdown. Alabama won’t be flashy, it won’t be looking for style points in a game that could be a slugfest. All it wants to do is get the win, and that’s what the Crimson Tide will do.
Mike Griffith: Alabama 27, Georgia 24
Ken Bradley: Alabama 28, Georgia 13
It’s difficult picking against Saban in any situation, but especially against another SEC team. It feels like Georgia is a year away from really getting after it for a national title. This isn’t Saban’s best team, but this is the sort of game we all see why he’s college football’s greatest coach.