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Alabama, Georgia ready to face off in championship game

Alabama, Georgia ready to face off in championship game

Georgia's running game vs. Alabama's defense.

The Bulldogs got into position after moving from their 21 to the Alabama 24 in 14 plays.

Michel's run was reviewed to see if he stepped out of bounds before the 26, but the Big Ten officiating crew's spot was upheld.

Series: Alabama leads 38-25-4. Expect the Georgia versus Alabama game to end around 11:36 p.m. The win gives the Crimson Tide their fifth title since the 2009 season and first since the 2015 season.

But Alabama didn't go away.

There is just one week between the semifinals and the championship game in college football, unlike the two weeks between the conference championships and the Super Bowl in the NFL.

Alabama has won three such games since Georgia's last win over the Tide, an exciting overtime game in 2007.

If Georgia Football is going to win the National Championship on Monday, they are going to need to stop Jalen Hurts and the option play. I'm so happy for Alabama fans.

The Tide does have to replace yet another starting linebacker with Anfernee Jennings out with a knee injury sustained in the Sugar Bowl win over Clemson.

Monday's contest might not look anything like the Rose Bowl, which saw Georgia and Oklahoma combine to score 102 points.

President Donald Trump is in attendance and was on the field during the national anthem.

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

Trump walked onto the field accompanied by the ROTC units from Georgia and Alabama.

So fans of Alabama and Georgia don't have the back-and-forth of more natural rivals.

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No players were on the field yet.

Being an Alabama fan behind enemy lines on the east side of the Chattahoochee isn't easy.

There have been issues with the stadium's signature retractable roof since construction began on the facility.

Having a national title on the line makes the reunion even more enticing.

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.

Alabama did its part against Clemson, as the Crimson Tide defense flexed its muscles in shutting down the Clemson attack.

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

Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide and Da'Ron Payne #94 celebrate with player of the game trophies after the AllState Sugar Bowl against the Clemson Tigers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2018 in New Orleans.

Plenty more coming from media day soon...

Gold says nothing is definitive but if Trump comes on it would like be after the first quarter. So here we are, with a Southeastern-flavored national championship game on our hands.

Georgia (289.5 ypg/15.7 ppg): Roquan Smith is the first Bulldog to win the Butkus Award as the nation's best linebacker.

"I know it may be your life savings", he said, "but get your butt in the Benz Dome [Mercedez-Benz Arena] and find a way to help your team". Ruggs caught nine passes during the season, and he has not been a huge factor. Alabama was ranked No. 1 for the first time since 1980 later in the season, and it won its first of four national championships under Saban the following year.

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

The next former Alabama assistant to oppose Saban after Monday will be his current defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt, who took the head coaching job at Tennessee in December. Nick Chubb and Sony Michel set a record by combining to rush for 326 yards. They combined for six touchdowns in the Bulldogs semifinal victory against Oklahoma in the Rose Bowl. Alabama is No. 1 in the country in yards per play allowed (3.92).