Alabama vs. Georgia - 1/8/18 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Alabama Crimson Tide (12-1) at Georgia Bulldogs (13-1)
College Football: Monday, January 8, 2018 at 8:00 pm (Mercedes-Benz Stadium)
The Line: Georgia Bulldogs +4 -- Over/Under: 47 See the Latest Odds
Out at Mercedes Benz Stadium on Monday evening, the College Football Playoff National Championship is coming between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Georgia Bulldogs.
Georgia comes into this one with a 13-1 record overall. The Bulldogs opened up the year on a roll, winning their first nine games. The lone blemish came on November 11 at Auburn in a 40-17 loss, but Georgia would meet the Tigers again and win. In the Rose Bowl game, the Bulldogs secured their trip to the national championship by snagging a thrilling 54-48 2OT win over Oklahoma.
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Jake Fromm leads Georgia from under center, and he's got 2283 yards with 23 TDs and five picks this year. Nick Chubb is the top Georgia rusher with 1320 yards and 15 TDs from 205 carries, while Javon Wims leads the team with 704 yards and seven TDs receiving.
Over on the Alabama side, they’re coming in at 12-1 overall. The Tide “rolled” through their first 11 games, but then were tripped up by a pesky Auburn team 26-14 back on November 25. The Tide righted the ship in the Sugar Bowl against Clemson, bagging a 24-6 victory.
Calling the signals for Alabama this year is Jalen Hurts, who has managed 2060 yards with 17 TDs and one pick this year, while Damien Hurts is the lead rusher on 983 yards and 11 TDs. Leading the receivers for the Tide is Calvin Ridley with 935 yards and four scores on 59 catches.
The Tide are 5-1 ATS in their last six neutral-site games and 1-4 ATS versus a team with a winning record. Alabama is also 1-4 ATS in their last five games in January and 1-5 ATS in their last six conference games.
Georgia, meanwhile, is 4-0 ATS in their last four bowl games and 4-0 ATS in the last four games overall. The Bulldogs are also 4-0 ATS int heir last four neutral-site games and 6-2 ATS versus a team with a winning record.
Georgia fans are still catching their collective breath after a Rose Bowl game which was nothing short of epic. The big heroes there were Chubb and Sony Michel, who combined to rush for a whopping 326 yards and five touchdowns. As for Alabama, they got it done defensively against Clemson, putting up two interceptions and holding the Tigers to 64 yards rushing. This is a really nice matchup and should be a fun one to watch. All things considered, I’d like to go with defense here but with Georgia pouring in so many points lately I’m taking the Bulldogs.