Keys to Win
As mentioned previously, Alabama’s defense had success against the Georgia offense in the SEC Championship Game, but struggled against Bowers, the Bulldogs top pass catching threat. Georgia will use Bowers often in many different roles, and the Crimson Tide must do a better job of covering the star freshman on Monday night.
The Crimson Tide will be tasked with replacing one of their top receivers in Metchie, who exited the SEC Championship Game with an injury after catching six passes for 97 yards and a touchdown. While Ja’Corey Brooks played a key role in the Semifinal, the Crimson Tide could need big games from other names such as Baker, Earle, Holden, and Hall.
The play of Alabama’s offensive line was key going into the SEC Championship, and it is key once again. Not only did the Crimson Tide offensive line not allow a sack to Georgia’s front seven, but they were able to open up the run game as well, something that will be key on Monday night.
While there is always the possibility that Monday night’s National Championship Game plays out similarly to the SEC Championship Game, this will likely be a much closer contest.
Expect to see both Stetson Bennett and JT Daniels in this game at quarterback for Georgia, and for the Bulldogs to grab the early lead once again. However, even despite a potential early Georgia lead, it’s tough to not pick Alabama here.
Expect yet another big game for the Crimson Tide’s passing game with Young and Williams, as well as tight end Jahleel Billingsley playing a key role alongside a few of the Crimson Tide’s other young wideouts.
While this game will likely be close at times, expect the Crimson Tide to pull away late, and to claim their second consecutive national championship.
Prediction: Alabama 35, Georgia 24