The College Football Playoff National Championship is finally here with a rematch of the SEC Championship Game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and Georgia Bulldogs.
Which team will be the champion? What are the best bets?
Our VSiN experts Adam Burke, Tim Murray, Bruce Marshall, Steve Makinen and Matt Youmans are here with their breakdowns and best wagers on Monday night's game.
National Championship: No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 3 Georgia (-2.5, 52.5)
8:00 p.m. ET
Burke: Alabama’s heightened sense of urgency has been cited as the reason why the Crimson Tide handily beat Georgia in the SEC Championship Game. The Bulldogs were already in the College Football Playoff regardless of that outcome, but Alabama needed to win in order to get in.
Maybe that is true and maybe it played a part, but after a slow start, Alabama turned a 10-0 deficit into a 38-17 lead by scoring 38 of the next 45 points. It was an aerial assault from Bryce Young, and quite possibly the performance that won him the Heisman Trophy. He did lose top target John Metchie III in the process, but this is Alabama. Four-star and five-star dudes that would start as freshmen at programs across the country are on special teams or not even dressed for the Tide.
The Bulldogs have those types of players, too, but their recipe for success is not conducive to playing a team like Alabama. Georgia runs the ball very effectively and beats every team up in the trenches. We saw it against Michigan. We saw it in every game during the regular season. It just doesn’t work to the same degree against the Tide.
In the first game, Stetson Bennett was forced to throw 48 times. He wound up with some decent numbers, and Brock Bowers proved to be a tough matchup at tight end, but Georgia doesn’t have success or win football games by throwing 48 times. That’s what Alabama has success doing. That’s what Alabama can do in this game, too.
Georgia should be better prepared, but so will Alabama. The 10-0 start may simply have been a byproduct of a miraculous win over Auburn in the Iron Bowl that gave the Tide a chance at making the CFP.