Alabama football has a strong history against the Bulldogs
Outside of the first matchup between these programs after Saban’s hiring, Alabama football has been undefeated against the Georgia Bulldogs over the current dynasty. The wins have come in a variety of ways, but they are wins nonetheless. Alabama has dominated Georgia in games where they are underdogs. They’ve bounced back with backup quarterbacks. They’ve won at home, on the road and in neutral sites.
In the CFP National Championship, Georgia will look to flip the script. The Bulldogs are looking for their first title since 1980. They’ll try to snap the seven-game losing streak against Saban and Alabama football, which includes three losses in the SEC Championship and one in the national championship.
Kirby Smart will try to get his first win over his former boss. Only Jimbo Fisher has managed to beat Saban after working for him, and it took Fisher multiple attempts and switching teams to do so.
The good news for Georgia is that they have the defense to slow down the Tide. It didn’t work in the SEC Championship, but the talent is there on paper. With Alabama losing John Metchie and potentially some offensive linemen, the Tide will be weaker in this game than they were in Atlanta.
The bad news is that talent has never seemed to matter in this matchup. Georgia was seen as the best team in college football by a wide margin at the end of the regular season. Alabama dominated still. Georgia was the last team to be favored against Alabama before the 2021 SEC Championship. They lost that game as well. Regardless of the recruiting classes or first-round draft picks on Georgia’s side, they never seem to put it all together against the Crimson Tide.
History is against the Bulldogs, but that doesn’t mean that Alabama football can walk in and expect to win. It will take a clean game with some luck added in. We’ll see if the Bulldogs can flip the script in a week.