So that is what occurs when the Crimson Tide is an underdog.
The Bulldogs ought to know by now.
No. 3 Alabama beat No. 1 Georgia 41-24 within the SEC championship recreation on Saturday, which all-but ensured the Crimson Tide will likely be No. 1 for the fifth time when the ultimate College Football Playoff rankings are revealed.
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Alabama’s efficiency on the SEC championship stage was one way or the other an surprising revelation. We ought to have seen it coming. Nick Saban is now 8-1 on that stage since taking up for the Crimson Tide. Bryce Young completed 26 of 44 for 421 passing yards and three TDs in a efficiency that ought to lock up a Heisman Trophy. Alabama is the crew to beat once more heading into the CFP.
A 12 months filled with upsets and college-football craziness results in the same-old story, not less than on the high.
The Crimson Tide (12-1) had been an underdog for the primary time since Oct. 3, 2015; a recreation through which they received 38-20 towards Georgia. The victory continued a streak of seven straight victories towards the Bulldogs; a streak that started with the notorious “Blackout” on Sept. 27, 2008.
It’s gorgeous from the standpoint Georgia (12-1) entered the sport with a protection that allowed 6.9 factors per recreation through an ideal common season. The Bulldogs dominated the primary quarter and took a 10-0 lead when Stetson Bennett threw a 5-yard TD go to Darnell Washington on the primary play of the second quarter.
Well, Young put his signature on the Heisman Trophy. He responded with a 67-yard landing go to a wide-open Jameson Williams; the primary of 5 consecutive scoring drives for the Crimson Tide. Young dazzled with down-field passes of all kinds, together with a lateral to Brian Robinson that confirmed that unbelievable play-making skill.
Young was 17 of 27 for 286 yards and 2 TDs with three carries and 40 yards and one other TD within the first two quarters. Georgia’s highest yardage whole allowed this season was 387 yards towards Tennessee. Alabama put up 365 yards within the first half.
When did everybody realize it was over from there? Was it when Young launched a 55-yard TD go to Williams to begin the second half? Williams, who may win the Biletnikoff Award, completed with seven catches for 184 yards and a pair of TDs. He’s much more invaluable now as a result of John Metchie III left within the first half with a leg damage and didn’t return.
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Was it when Jordan Battle returned an interception 42 yards for a landing with 11:59 remaining that gave Alabama a 38-17 lead?
The Crimson Tide had bother manufacturing a operating recreation, however Saban and offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien’s plan was to make it a 7-on-7 recreation. Isn’t that school soccer now? Of all of Saban’s SEC championship victories, this one would possibly resonate as one of the best. After all, they received because the underdog.
That means Alabama is again within the College Football Playoff for the seventh time. Georgia ought to make the sphere, too, even when there is perhaps a small debate given the shock worth of the rating.
That stated, Georgia coach Kirby Smart has to deal with some severe questions within the occasion of a rematch. The Bulldogs struggled to keep up a operating recreation with 29 carries for 115 yards. Bennett (29 of 48, 340 yards, 3 TDs, 2 INTs) had bother maintaining in his second begin towards the Crimson Tide. The protection must show it within the occasion of a rematch.
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This is the frustration for the Bulldogs now. Since that “Blackout,” Georgia has misplaced three SEC championship video games and a CFP championship recreation to the Crimson Tide. The Bulldogs do not forget that effectively, too.
The Bulldogs received the SEC championship that season, however the Crimson Tide snuck into the playoff as an at-large and rode that “you don’t belong” disrespect narrative all the best way to an exciting 26-23 additional time victory in Atlanta. Alabama was favored in that recreation, by the best way, and they are going to be favored if there’s a rematch.
What different alternative do we’ve?
We noticed what occurred when it was the underdog.