Alabama and Georgia: Unstoppable force vs. immovable object
By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Hunter De Siver
Ever since the start of the College Football Playoff in 2015, Alabama has made it to every playoff except for one. They have won the CFP National Championship three times and have made it to the big game five times.
In each of their games, the Tide have went up against teams with great offensive and/or defensive power. However, this year is different.
Alabama faced Georgia earlier this season in the highly anticipated SEC Championship. For the first time since they faced LSU in 2019, Nick Saban and his squad found themselves as the underdogs.
Before the SEC Championship kicked off, Georgia had been known as by far the best defense in college football. The most points they allowed going into this game was 17 against Tennessee. The Bulldogs put up 41.
A major reason for Alabama’s underdog designation for this game was due to their lack of consistency.
Offensively, the Tide were inconsistently able to run the ball effectively. Running back Brian Robinson Jr. had games of less than 60 rushing yards (including 18 against LSU). However, he’s also had multiple games of over 120 yards.
Defensively, the Tide were extremely inconsistent at each position. They’ve allowed over 20 points in six games.
One of the biggest reasons as to why they were the underdog was due to the University of Arkansas. Georgia and Alabama each played the Razorbacks this season.
No. 2 Alabama beat No. 21 Arkansas in a 42-35 shootout at Bryant-Denny Stadium in the middle of November.
Earlier in the season, No. 2 Georgia beat No. 8 Arkansas in the game of the week 37-0.
Going into the SEC Championship, Georgia was ranked No. 1 and Alabama was ranked No. 3.
Coach Saban’s unstoppable force dismantled Georgia 41-24.
Every Heisman Trophy winner has their “Heisman moment” at some point during the regular season. Quarterback Bryce Young had his moment this game by throwing for 421 yards and three touchdowns against a defense that was supposed to be immovable.
Even with a loss, Georgia still made it to the playoff as the No. 3 seed. Alabama became the No. 1 seed.
Both schools took care of business by dominating No. 4 Cincinnati and No. 2 Michigan. This was simply inevitable.
Alabama has faced Georgia in the big game before.
Back in 2018, the struggling Tide found themselves in a 13-0 halftime deficit. Saban took out future NFL star Jalen Hurts and subbed in freshman Tua Tagovailoa. Tagovailoa led a 26-23 comeback win in overtime, with a game-winning touchdown catch by future Heisman Trophy winner DeVonta Smith.
Since then, Georgia has looked forward to eventually beating the Tide more than any other team.
Can Alabama play as well as they did in the conference title game, or will their inconsistency show on the biggest and brightest stage in the sport?
Will the immovable object finally beat the unstoppable force?
Alabama and Georgia will go head-to-head on Jan. 10 at 7 p.m. on ESPN.