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PREVIEW/PREDICTION: ALABAMA VS. GEORGIA, NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

CFB Championship 2017

Alabama meets conference rival Georgia in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game on Monday in Atlanta. Here is your 14powers.com game preview and prediction.

THE BASICS


Teams: Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Georgia Bulldogs
Date: Jan. 8, 2018
Time: 8 pm EST
Place: Mercedes Benz Stadium; Atlanta, Ga.
What's at stake: College Football Playoff National Championship
TV: ESPN

ALABAMA SEASON SO FAR (12-1, 7-1 SEC)

Date Opponent Score
09/02/2017 Florida St. @ Atlanta W 24-7
09/09/2017 Fresno St. W 41-10
09/16/2017 Colorado St. W 41-23
09/23/2017 @ Vanderbilt W 59-0
09/30/2017 Ole Miss W 66-3
10/07/2017 @ Texas A&M W 27-19
10/14/2017 Arkansas W 41-9
10/21/2017 Tennessee W 45-7
11/04/2017 LSU W 24-10
11/11/2017 @ Mississippi St. W 31-24
11/18/2017 Mercer W 56-0
11/25/2017 @ Auburn L 14-26
01/01/2018 Clemson @ New Orleans W 24-6

GEORGIA SEASON SO FAR (13-1, 7-1 SEC)

Date Opponent Score
09/02/2017 Appalachian St. W 31-10
09/09/2017 @ Notre Dame W 20-19
09/16/2017 Samford W 42-14
09/23/2017 Mississippi St. W 31-3
09/30/2017 @ Tennessee W 41-0
10/07/2017 @ Vanderbilt W 45-14
10/14/2017 Missouri W 53-28
10/28/2017 Florida @ Jacksonville W 42-7
11/04/2017 South Carolina W 24-10
11/11/2017 @ Auburn L 40-17
11/18/2017 Kentucky W 42-13
11/25/2017 @ Georgia Tech W 38-7
12/02/2017 Auburn @ Atlanta W 28-7
01/01/2018 Oklahoma @ Pasadena W 54-48 (2OT)

ALABAM-GEORGIA STAT COMPARISON

STAT
37.9
PPG SCORED
36.3
11.1
PPG ALLOWED
15.7
449.7
TOTAL OFF
440.3
193.9
PASSING OFF
172.9
255.8
RUSHING OFF
267.4
252.4
TOTAL DEF
289.5
160.6
PASSING DEF
167.6
91.8
RUSHING DEF
121.9
1.00
TO MARGIN
0.36
5
MASSEY COMP&
2

& The Massey Composite Ratings are compiled from 98 different college football ratings and rankings.

ALABAMA INJURIES AND SUSPENSIONS

Date Pos Player Injury Status
12/19/17 LB Dylan Moses Foot is out indefinitely
11/05/17 LB Shaun Dion Hamilton Knee is out indefinitely
10/19/17 WR Donnie Lee Jr. Dismissed is out for season
09/18/17 TE Miller Forristall Knee out for season
01/06/18 OL Lester Cotton Knee is downgraded to OUT Monday vs Georgia
01/04/18 RB Joshua Jacobs Hamstring injured last game is "?" Monday vs Georgia
01/03/18 LB Anfernee Jennings Knee is downgraded to OUT Monday vs Georgia
01/01/18 DB Nigel Knott Undisclosed is "?" Monday vs. Georgia
01/01/18 DB Hootie Jones Knee is "?" Monday vs. Georgia

Source: donbest.com

GEORGIA INJURIES AND SUSPENSIONS

Date Pos Player Injury Status
11/04/17 LB Rashad Roundtree Concussion is out indefinitely
01/07/18 TE Charlie Woerner Leg is downgraded to doubtful Monday vs Alabama
01/06/18 WR Jayson Stanley Not Suspended is upgraded to probable Monday vs Alabama
01/01/18 DB Deangelo Gibbs Undisclosed is "?" Monday vs. Alabama
01/01/18 DB Latavious Brini Disciplinary is "?" Monday vs. Alabama
01/01/18 LB Natrez Patrick Suspension is "?" Monday vs. Alabama

Source: donbest.com

ALABAMA DEPTH CHART
Offense

Pos # Name HT WT Class
QB 2 Jalen Hurts 6-2 218 So.
13 Tua Tagovailoa 6-1 219 Fr.
RB 34 Damien Harris 5-11 212 Jr.
9 Bo Scarbrough 6-2 235 Jr.
8 Josh Jacobs 5-10 212 So.
WR 3 Calvin Ridley 6-1 190 Jr.
81 Derek Kief 6-4 204 RJr.
11 Henry Ruggs III 6-0 175 Fr.
LT 73 Jonah Williams 6-5 301 So.
70 Alex Leatherwood 6-6 322 Fr.
LG 71 Ross Pierschbacher 6-4 303 RJr.
67 Joshua Casher 6-1 291 RJr.
59 Dallas Warmack 6-2 308 Jr.
C 75 Bradley Bozeman 6-5 314 RSr.
63 J.C. Hassenauer 6-2 295 Sr.
RG 66 Lester CottonSr. 6-4 324 Jr
63 J.C. Hassenauer 6-2 295 Sr.
RT 77 Matt Womack 6-7 324 RSo.
74 Jedrick Wills Jr. 6-5 314 Fr.
TE 84 Hale Hentges 6-5 249 Jr.
82 Irv Smith Jr. 6-4 246 So.
WR 1 Robert Foster 6-2 194 RSr.
6 DeVonta Smith 6-1 165 Fr.
WR 17 Cam Sims 6-5 214 Sr.
4 Jerry Jeudy 6-1 187 Fr.

ALABAMA DEPTH CHART
Defense

Pos # Name HT WT Class
DE 9 Da’Shawn Hand 6-4 288 Sr.
49 Isaiah Buggs 6-5 293 Jr.
NG 94 Da’Ron Payne 6-2 308 Jr.
69 Joshua Frazier 6-4 315 Sr.
DE 99 Raekwon Davos 6-7 306 So.
49 Isaiah Buggs 6-5 293 Jr.
JACK 33 Anfernee Jennings 6-3 262 RSo.
47 Christian Miller 6-4 242 RJr.
4 Christopher Allen 6-4 239 Fr.
SLB 16 Jamey Mosley 6-5 248 RJr.
24 Terrell Lewis 6-5 254 So.
MLB 30 Mack Wilson 6-2 236 So.
18 Dylan Moses 6-3 232 Fr.
WLB 32 Rashaan Evans 6-3 234 Sr.
18 Dylan Moses 6-3 232 Fr.
CB 28 Anthony Averett 6-0 185 RSr.
24 Jared Mayden 6-0 197 So.
CB 39 Levi Wallace 6-0 183 Sr.
7 Trevon Diggs 6-2 195 So.
SS 29 Minkah Fitzpatrick 6-1 202 Jr.
25 Xavier McKinney 6-1 197 Fr.
FS 15 Ronnie Harrison 6-3 214 Jr.
14 Deionte Thompson 6-2 194 RSo.
ST 2 Tony Brown 6-0 198 Sr.
5 Shyheim Carter 6-0 195 So.

ALABAMA DEPTH CHART
Special Teams

Pos # Name HT WT Class
PK 12 Andy Pappanastos 5-11 190 RSr.
10 JK Scott 6-6 204 Sr.
KO 10 JK Scott 6-6 204 Sr.
P 10 JK Scott 6-6 204 Sr.
SN 52 Scott Meyer 6-2 226 RFr.
45 Thomas Fletcher 6-2 220 Fr.
H 10 JK Scott 6-6 204 Sr.
KOR 7 Trevon Diggs 6-2 195 So.
11 Henry Ruggs III 6-0 175 Fr.
19 Xavian Marks 5-8 174 Jr.
PR 19 Xavian Marks 5-8 174 Jr.
7 Trevon Diggs 6-2 195 So.
11 Henry Ruggs III 6-0 175 Fr.

GEORGIA DEPTH CHART
Offense

Pos # Name HT WT Class
WR 5 Terry Godwin 5-11 185 Jr.
82 Michael Chigbu 6-2 213 Jr.
LT 77 Isaiah Wynn 6-2 302 Sr.
55 Dyshon Sims 6-4 290 Sr.
LG 65 Kendall Baker 6-6 287 Jr.
58 Pat Allen 6-4 295 RSo.
C 53 Lamont Gaillard 6-2 301 Jr.
68 Sean Fogarty 6-4 295 Jr.
RG 74 Ben Cleveland 6-6 340 RFr.
66 Solomon Kindley 6-4 335 RFr.
55 Dyshon Sims 6-4 290 Sr.
RT 71 Andrew Thomas 6-5 320 Fr.
74 Ben Cleveland 6-6 340 RFr.
TE 83 Jeb Blazevich 6-5 245 Sr.
18 Isaac Nauta 6-4 246 So.
89 Charlie Woerner 6-5 245 So.
88 Jackson Harris 6-6 247 Jr.
QB 11 Jake Fromm 6-2 225 Fr.
10 Jacob Eason 6-5 235 So.
12 Brice Ramsey 6-2 210 *Gr.
TB 27 Nick Chubb 5-10 225 Sr.
1 Sony Michel 5-11 215 Sr.
FB 47 Christian Payne 6-1 242 Sr.
WR 6 Javon Wims 6-4 215 Sr.
8 Riley Ridley 6-2 200 So.
WR 4 Mecole Hardman 5-11 183 So.
16 Ahkil Crumpton 5-9 175 Jr.

GEORGIA DEPTH CHART
Defense

Pos # Name HT WT Class
DT 52 Tyler Clark 6-4 305 So.
78 Trenton Thompson 6-4 295 Jr.
NOSE 97 John Atkins 6-4 305 *Gr.
5 Julian Rochester 6-3 300 So.
DE 13 Jonathan Ledbetter 6-4 277 Jr.
51 David Marshall 6-3 274 So.
76 Michail Carter 6-3 295 So.
SAM 7 Lorenzo Carter 6-6 243 Sr.
15 D’Andre Walker 6-3 240 Jr.
JACK 17 Davin Bellamy 6-5 245 Sr.
84 Walter Grant 6-4 245 Fr
MIKE 45 Reggie Carter 6-1 230 *Gr.
32 Monty Rice 6-1 235 Fr.
WILL 3 Roquan Smith 6-1 225 Jr.
45 Reggie Carter 6-1 230 *Gr.
44 Juwan Taylor 6-1 218 Jr.
LC 14 Malkom Parrish 5-10 190 Sr.
26 Tyrique McGhee 5-10 187 So.
LS 24 Dominick Sanders 6-0 200 Sr.
19 Jarvis Wilson 6-2 199 Jr.
RS 20 J.R. Reed 6-1 194 RSo.
2 Richard LeCounte 5-11 180 Fr.
RC 18 Deandre Baker 5-11 180 Jr.
26 Tyrique McGhee 5-10 187 So.
STAR 35 Aaron Davis 6-1 195 *Gr.
14 Malkom Parrish 5-10 190 Sr.

GEORGIA DEPTH CHART
Special Teams

Pos # Name HT WT Class
P 92 Cameron Nizialek 6-2 200 *Gr.
95 Marshall Long 6-2 217 So.
PK 98 Rodrigo Blankenship 6-1 191 RSo.
91 David Marvin 6-2 210 *Gr.
SN 69 Trent Frix 6-0 215 Sr.
43 Nick Moore 6-3 250 Jr.
H 92 Cameron Nizialek 6-2 200 *Gr.
10 Jacob Eason 6-5 235 So.
KOR 4 Mecole Hardman 5-11 183 So.
1 Sony Michel 5-11 215 Sr.
PR 4 Mecole Hardman 5-11 183 So.
5 Terry Godwin 5-11 185 Jr.

TEAM HIGHLIGHTS


Probable Winning Team


Georgia

Alabama

Score Prediction:

Alabama 21, Georgia 17

COMMENTS: Georgia and Alabama are both very talented football teams. Bama's ferocious defense matches wits against the nation's most prolific rushing attack. While Georgia certainly could win this game, Alabama's defense is just too good against the run and tends to wear down opponents. Meanwhile, the Bama offense has the ability to hurt opponents both through the air and on the ground. Look for Bama to frustrate the Bulldog offense while the Crimson Tide offense gets enough points to earn another national title. Bama's coaching, playoff experience, and defense give the Tide the edge in this game.

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