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Alabama and Georgia meet Monday in the College Football Playoff Championship Game. Cast your vote for who will win below and then scroll through our staff writer predictions.
There is one college football game to be played, and it is between two teams familiar with one another.
No. 4 seed Alabama and No. 3 seed Georgia, fresh off College Football Playoff semifinal victories in the Sugar and Rose Bowl, respectively, on New Year’s Day, will square off in the national championship on Monday evening at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
No stranger to this time of year, Alabama is seeking its 17th national title, and fifth under 11th-year head coach Nick Saban. Georgia will go in search of its fourth title, but first since 1980.
SOUND OFF: Who do you think will win? Cast your vote in our poll below. (If poll does not display, refresh the page.
Below, Gannett New Jersey staff writers offer their predictions for Monday evening.
Josh Newman: America hates this matchup. Go on, admit it.
You will watch the game, sure. Can’t risk missing something historic, but you will hate-watch it. You hate the SEC, but you especially hate Nick Saban, which is understandable. He wins a lot, his team is annually a threat to be playing in January, he never smiles, and he wins a lot.
Get ready to get your hate on even more. Alabama 27, Georgia 17
Jerry Carino: First of all, I’d rather watch eight episodes of Peppa Pig than waste four hours of my life on this game. I’m tired of college football’s deflating postseason, tired of the SEC’s stranglehold on the sport, tired of Nick Saban’s joyless approach to life. You know what I like? Unbeaten, excluded UCF raising a national championship banner. Looking forward to my Peppa Pig marathon tonight. Alabama 30, Georgia 3.
Steve Edelson: Once again it’s the Southeastern Conference’s universe, and the rest of the college football world is simply living in it. And Alabama coach Nick Saban is the grand wizard of it all. He’s the best coach this side of Bill Belichick, he has the most talent, and will win his sixth national championship, and fifth with Alabama. Georgia’s Sony Michel and Nick Chubb will not be able to run wild against the Crimson Tide’s front seven, which has shown just how improved this defense is.
And on Tuesday morning, the first call the New York Giants should make is to Saban, who reportedly expressed “interest’’ when the Giants hired Ben McAdoo. Alabama 24, Georgia 14
Staff writer Josh Newman: @Joshua_Newman; [email protected]