As Alabama tries to repeat as national champions for the first time in 10 years, Nick Saban’s squad will have to beat Georgia for the second time this season. The Crimson Tide and Bulldogs previously faced off in the SEC title game, where Alabama won easily 41-24 in a game where Heisman winner Bryce Young threw for 421 yards and three touchdowns against a tough Georgia defense.
This game, in addition to being a rematch of this year’s SEC title game, is also a rematch of the 2018 national championship game, which Alabama won 26-23 in overtime.
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Alabama has looked both dominant and vulnerable at times. They boast the nation’s sixth-best total offense, are the second best team on third down and have the third-highest scoring offense as well. That’s in large part due to Young, as well wide receiver Jameson Williams and running back Brian Robinson, both of whom went off in the SEC title game.
However, four of Alabama’s wins this season were by a single possession, including a comeback win in the Iron Bowl that went to four overtimes. The Tide also have a loss on their schedule, when Texas A&M beat them on a walkoff field goal.
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Georgia, meanwhile, has relied heavily on its defense to win games this season, ranking first in scoring defense and second in total defense, while still scoring 38.8 points per game. At the core of Georgia’s defensive success has been linebacker Nakobe Dean and defensive lineman Jordan Davis, as well as defensive coordinator Dan Lanning.
Offensively, the Bulldogs don’t have a real star at any one position the way Alabama does, though quarterback Stetson Bennett IV has been solid, while running back James Cook and wide receiver George Pickens could each have breakout games.
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9:41 p.m.: On third-and-2, Young hits Agiye Hall coming across the field as he breaks a tackle and picks up 24. Now first-and-10 Alabama from the Georgia 43.
9:37 p.m.: GEORGIA FIELD GOAL. The 49-yarder is up and good and it’s now just a 3-point game again. Alabama 9, Georgia 6 with 3:09 to go in the second quarter.
9:37 p.m.: Georgia sends the field goal unit out as the Bulldogs gain 8 and set up a 49-yarder.
9:36 p.m.: Another third down upcoming following a sack on first and an incompletion on second down. This one is third-and-14 from the Alabama 39.
9:34 p.m.: On third-and-4 from the Alabama 45, Bennett hits AD Mitchell for 10 yards to the Alabama 39.
9:33 p.m.: James Cook takes it for 4 yards and then Kenny McIntosh hauls it in for 10 yards and it’s first-and-10 Georgia from their own 49.
9:32 p.m.: Georgia takes over at its own 35 following a penalty on the kickoff against Alabama.
9:29 p.m.: FIELD GOAL ALABAMA. Reichard is 3-for-3 on the day, this time nailing the 37-yarder. Alabama 9, Georgia 3 with 7:07 left in the first half.
9:27 p.m.: On third-and-goal from the 8, Young is sacked for a loss of 12 and the field goal unit comes back out to try a 37-yarder.
9:25 p.m.: No Williams, no problem. Bryce Young slings it 61 yards to Cameron Latu. Alabama now all the way down at the Georgia 8.
9:23 p.m.: On third-and-12, Bennett dumps off a screen to James Cook but it’s not enough. Makes it fourth-and-8 and the Bulldogs punt it away with Alabama taking over at tis own 28.
9:21 p.m.: Another penalty against the Bulldogs as they get called for a false start. Sixth penalty so far for Georgia. Now first-and-15.
9:19 p.m.: Georgia takes over at its own 30 following a penalty on the return.
9:16 p.m.: FIELD GOAL ALABAMA. Reichard drills his second field goal of the game, this time from 45 yards out. Alabama 6, Georgia 3 with 11:12 left in the first half.
9:14 p.m.: Alabama’s offense struggling here with the loss of Williams. Now third-and-6 from the Georgia 31 following a false start as Young gets it out for 3 yards to the Georgia 28. Field goal unit coming out now.
9:09 p.m.: Jameson Williams was wide open down the field for Bryce Young on the drive immediately following the field goal. Young hit Williams in stride at the Georgia 44 but Williams is down and helped off the field.
9:05 p.m.: FIELD GOAL GEORGIA. It’s all tied up as the Bulldogs drive 87 yards on 11 plays and take 5:51 off the clock. The field goal is good from 24 yards out. Georgia 3, Alabama 3 with 12:35 left in the first half.
9:04 p.m.: Bennett scrambles and keeps It himself but comes up short. Georgia sends out the field goal unit.
9:02 p.m.: Georgia converts on third-and-9 and it’s now first-and-goal for Georgia from the Alabama 8 after Bennett hits Jermaine Burton for a gain of 10.
End first quarter: Alabama 3, Georgia 0
8:59 p.m.: The first quarter draws to a close with Georgia looking at second-and-14 from the Alabama 24.
8:57 p.m.: A big, big play for Georgia on first down from the Georgia 19. Stetson Bennett hits George Pickens wide open in stride downfield for 52 yards and the Bulldogs are quickly in Georgia territory. First real gain of yardage for the Bulldogs all night.
8:54 p.m.: Georgia gets hit with a penalty and it pushes them back to their own 4. Now first-and-14.
8:51 p.m.: The two teams trade three-and-outs again. Alabama will punt despite having excellent field position to start the drive. On fourth-and-6, the Tide punt it away and Georgia takes back over at its own 8.
8:47 p.m.: Georgia goes three-and-out again. Two drives, two three-and-outs for the Bulldogs. They’ll punt it away and Alabama takes over at its own 45 following a fair catch interference call against Georgia.
8:41 p.m.: Alabama goes three-and-out after Bryce Young’s third down pass goes for a loss on the play. Georgia takes back over at its own 25.
8:39 p.m.: Jameson Williams’ first big gain of the day goes for 15 yards on second-and-11 for a first down.
8:35 p.m.: Georgia goes three-and-out on its opening drive and the Bulldogs punt it away. Alabama takes back over at its own 20.
8:33 p.m.: After getting moved up 5 yards on a penalty against Alabama, Bennett takes off and runs with it for a gain of 14 but he drops it and falls on it. Now third-and-5.
8:32 p.m.: Stetson Bennett IV is sacked immediately on a play action rollout. It’s a loss of 14 and now it’s second-and-24 from the Georgia 11.
8:31 p.m.: Georgia will start its opening drive at the 25 following a touchback.
8:28 p.m.: FIELD GOAL ALABAMA. The Tide open the scoring with a 14 play, 5:05 drive as Will Reichard splits the uprights from 37 yards out. Alabama 3, Georgia 0.
8:27 p.m.: Alabama can’t convert on third-and-5 from the Georgia 19. Nick Saban sends out the field goal unit for the first points of the game.
8:24 p.m.: Another third down conversion for Alabama as it’s Brian Robinson this time for 2 yards before finding Slade Bolden for 9 yards.
8:24 p.m.: The Crimson Tide are quickly at the Georgia 36 following gains of 11 and 9 through the air brings up third down.
8:21 p.m.: Alabama gets bailed out big time on a sack of Bryce Young. Erases a scoop-and-score by Georgia. Instead it’s second-and-10 from the Alabama 44.
8:18 p.m.: Alabama’s success on third down continues. They convert on third-and-2 as Young hits Slade Bolden for 11 yards up to the Alabama 44.
8:17 p.m.: The first play of the game is a run by Brian Robinson for 4 yards. Alabama leaned heavily on the run in its SEC title game win over Georgia.
8:14 p.m.: Georgia wins the toss and defers. Alabama starts with the ball at its own 25 following a touchback. Georgia had trouble sacking Bryce Young in the SEC title game.
What channel is Alabama vs. Georgia on tonight?
The main broadcast of the College Football Playoff national championship between Alabama and Georgia will air nationally on ESPN. Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit will serve as play-by-play announcer and analyst, respectively, while Holly Rowe and Molly McGrath will work the sidelines.
Alabama vs. Georgia can also be streamed on the ESPN app, with fuboTV or on Sling TV, both of which offer a free trial.
In addition to the main broadcast on ESPN, viewers have a few alternative options to watch the CFP championship game via ESPN’s “Megacast,” including:
- Coaches Film Room: ESPN2
- Command Center: ESPNU
- Skycast: ESPNEWS
- Hometown radio (Alabama first half, Georgia second half): SEC Network
- All-22: ESPN app
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What time does the college football championship game start?
- Date: Monday, Jan. 10
- Time: 8 p.m. ET | 5 p.m. PT
The College Football Playoff national championship between Alabama and Georgia is scheduled to kick off at 8 p.m. ET on Monday, Jan. 10.
Alabama vs. Georgia odds
Georgia opened as a 2.5-point favorite over Alabama, despite the Crimson Tide’s previous victory over the Bulldogs in the SEC championship game. That line shifted a half-point further in Georgia’s direction a week ahead of the game, according to FanDuel.