Alabama, Georgia ready to face off in championship game

Kirby Smart Left Nick Saban to Beat Nick Saban

Alabama and Georgia don't meet every season, so when the tradition-rich schools play, it's special - even when it is a regular-season matchup. This is the ninth time in the last 12 seasons that a team from the SEC has won the national championship. Each of the previous three times, the victor of the basketball game also won the football game. Saban has a flawless track record against former assistants like Georgia coach Kirby Smart.

The College Football Playoff determines the Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) national champion.

Alabama native and former National Football League star Terrell Owens is among the crowd that navigated the consistent chilly drizzle outside the stadium and security lines to get into the building. A week after getting blasted 35-0 by Florida, the Crimson Tide started a 28-game winning streak that included the 1992 national championship.

If he had, the Crimson Tide might have had another national crown or two in their trophy case.

The last time Alabama and Georgia met in Atlanta, it was for the conference championship in 2012 and the game was an instant classic.

Saturday, the championship weekend festivities continued with a fan-friendly Media Day. The Tigers' offense, despite having Odell Beckham Jr. and Spencer Ware and Alfred Blue and Jarvis Landry at its disposal, managed just 92 total yards and picked up five first downs the entire game.

Gold says nothing is definitive but if Trump comes on it would like be after the first quarter. The Bulldogs were down big in the first half, came back to take the lead in the second half, lost the lead again and came back again to send the game into overtime, before needing two possessions to win the game. Aaron Murray drove Georgia down the field, but his last pass was deflected at the line and caught by Chris Conley at the 5.

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Saban now has six major poll national championships, including one at LSU, matching the record set by the man who led Alabama's last dynasty, coach Paul Bear Bryant.

College football dates back to the late 1800s and is older than the NFL.

This is the first time two teams from the same conference reached the College Football Playoff, a four-team seeded postseason format that began for the 2014 season and replaced the Bowl Championship Series (BCS).

The championship game had Jones' attention last week while the Falcons were preparing for their playoff game in Los Angeles.

Georgia is a heavy-duty running team with Nick Chubb, Sony Michel and D'Andre Swift doing an outstanding job all season as the Bulldogs gained 3,743 rushing yards.

Georgia, coached by former Saban assistant Kirby Smart, is looking for its first national championship since 1980. Then there was Alabama, an 11-1 team whose only loss came by three to the top team in the country.

The entire contest was a regrettably unentertaining and uninspiring way to end a season, and Oklahoma State's 41-38 overtime victory over Stanford in the Fiesta Bowl left fans wondering what a final with the high-octane Cowboys might have looked like.

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