The College Football Playoff national championship kicks off Monday night. After a season filled with upsets, the CFP title game features two preseason favorites. It will be No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 3 Georgia in a rematch of the SEC Championship.
Last month, the Crimson Tide blew the doors off Georgia, which went into the game undefeated, in a 41-24 beatdown. Now FanDuel Sportsbook AZ is giving prospective bettors in Arizona a sizable boost that levels the playing field, giving both teams the same odds.
But even with the odds boosted, it is a tough game to pick.
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No. 1 Alabama heads into CFP championship as underdog to No. 3 Georgia
The odds have shifted a bit over the past few days, but No. 3 Georgia remains the moneyline favorite over No. 1 Alabama at most online sportsbooks in Arizona.
This despite the Bulldogs losing to this same Crimson Tide team in the SEC championship game just a month ago. Right now, the odds for a Georgia win sit at with FanDuel.
To put it in perspective, it would take a wager of over $200 to make the same $150 profit that can be earned with FanDuel’s new-user promo.
The over/under for this game is set at . These two teams easily went over that number in their last meeting. Georgia and its opponents have gone over 52 total points in six of 14 games this season. Meanwhile, 10 out of Alabama’s 13 games have had more than 52 combined points.
Two featured matchups of CFP national championship
This title game will be won or lost because of two particular matchups. The first is Alabama’s offense vs. Georgia’s defense.
In December’s SEC title game, Alabama quarterback Bryce Young had his way as the Heisman Trophy winner threw for 421 yards and three touchdowns. Going into that game, the Bulldogs boasted a fearsome defensive unit that had allowed only 6.9 points per game. But in the SEC title tilt, Bama put up 41 points.
Can the Georgia defense bounce back, slow Alabama down? Georgia was able to rebound and shut down Michigan’s offense in the CFP semifinals. But Bryce Young and the Crimson Tide will be a much more formidable challenge.
The second key matchup is on the sidelines: Alabama head coach Nick Saban vs. his former assistant, Georiga head coach Kirby Smart. This will be the fifth time the coaches will meet with both teams ranked in the top five. Saban owns a 4-0 record. Furthermore, Alabama has come from behind in all four games to win, three times erasing double-digit deficits. The most significant loss came on the same stage they’ll occupy again on Monday.
The first time the two coaches faced off was in the 2018 national championship. The Bulldogs jumped out to a 13-0 lead, prompting Saban to bench two-year starting quarterback Jalen Hurts at halftime in favor of Tua Tagovailoa. The freshman led the Crimson Tide to 13 straight points to send the game to overtime. After Georgia kicked a field goal, Tagovailoa hit DeVonta Smith for a 41-yard go-ahead touchdown to win 26-23 in overtime.
Regardless of the history, this should be a game for the ages. But it will also be a matchup that proves the stranglehold the SEC has on the rest of the college football world.