Why Bet on Alabama to Win the 2018 College Football Championship?
Monday, January 8 is a date that every college football fan will have circled on their calendar, as that is the day when we will get to see a new National Champion crowned. This year’s big game is a particularly happy event for fans of the SEC, as the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Georgia Bulldogs will be locking horns at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. We are probably going to be looking at a rather partisan Bulldogs crowd, but that is not something that is going to phase coach Nick Saban and his Alabama team. They have become a dynasty in the Saban era and will look to add to that legacy with another championship on Monday night. Here are a few reasons why Alabama will once win the 2018 College Football Championship and be crowned the kings of college football once again.
Big Game Experience
Since 2009, the Alabama Crimson Tide have been there or thereabouts in the National Championship picture. They won it 3 times prior to the start of the playoff format, and have been on the playoffs all 3 years, winning one National Championship and losing another, with that one coming at the hands of Clemson last season. There were some who saw their inclusion in this year’s playoffs as a mistake, but they have proven that they know how to win in big game situations, totally dominating the Clemson Tigers in the Sugar Bowl last week. They will be up against a Georgia team that hasn’t seen a national title since 1980, so experience is definitely on the side of the Tide.
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— Alabama Crimson Tide (@crimsontidefam) January 3, 2018
We all know that Georgia has the best running attack in all of college football, but they have yet to face a defensive front as stout as what Alabama is bringing to the table. Overall, Alabama allowed just 11 PPG this season, and are limiting the opposition to less than 92 YPG on the ground. To make matters worse for Georgia, the Tide D has yet to allow a running play of 20 yards or more this season, which is bad news for a Dawgs team that has relied on explosive running plays. The loss of Anfernee Jennings is tough for Alabama, but they have more than enough capable players ready to take his place.
The Ground Attack
Georgia was close to Alabama in their ability to defend the run, but that D showed some very visible cracks in the Rose Bowl game against Oklahoma. Slowing down Bo Scarbrough is going to be a tough enough task for Georgia, and even if they can, they are still going to need to pay attention to Jalen Hurts and his ability to get out of the pocket and run with the football. Alabama is going to get their yards on the ground, and if they can also stop the Georgia run, they should have this one in the bag.
A big part of the success that Saban has had since joining Alabama in 2007 is his ability to consistently bring in quality coordinators after his previous hires make the leap to head coaching jobs. Kirby Smart was part of the Saban coaching tree before making the move to Georgia, and now has the unenviable task of matching wits with his former boss. There have been 11 occasions where former assistant coaches of Saban have gone against the master, and opposing teams have come up short in all 11. Saban remains king until one of his protégé’s can knock him off the throne.