The College Football season is wrapping up it’s final game and it is the biggest one of the year, the National Championship. The game will be played in Downtown Atlanta at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium.The two teams involved have a historic rival and one team looks to regain control.
The Alabama Crimson Tide look to continue to add to their dynasty of National Championship titles under head coach Nick Saban.The Georgia Bulldogs look to break the dynasty of Alabama and win their first National Championship in 37 years.Many people may argue that Alabama and coach Saban are too good for the Georgia Bulldogs. But these two will put the rivalry to a test and give us another exciting National Championship Game.The most intriguing thing about this game is everything that has built up to it. A conference rivalry that goes back more than 120 years.The two teams have gone head-to-head 66 times with Alabama leading the series 37-25-4, including three straight.The last time the Bulldogs won against Alabama was in 2007, during Saban’s first season. The following season Saban and the Tide got their revenge and never looked back again.
The biggest heartbreak for the Georgia fans was their 2012 loss in the SEC Championship game to Alabama. With a trip to the BCS national Championship Game on the line, Georgia was down 32-28 with nine seconds left and the clock run out after a catch was made in bounds. That resulted in Alabama going on to win their third title in four years.In 2015, the two teams played again in a regular season game and Alabama crushed Georgia 38-10 in route to their 4th National Championship under Saban. They defeated the 14-0 Clemson Tigers.Alabama has claimed 16 National Championships on the program’s history, while Georgia won it only twice (1942 and 1980).Alabama has dominated the SEC with 26 Conference titles, Georgia clinched their 13th Conference title this season.
Ironically, Alabama won their four National Championships, during the time when their defensive coordinator was Kirby Smart.Smart is a UGA Alumni and current head coach of the Georgia Bulldogs.
There’s even more history there between the two teams and their head-to-head match-up because Nick Saban has never lost to his former assistants.
Smart was Saban’s assistant from 2008-2015 until taking over the Georgia head coaching job last year. And this sets up for another historical moment of this rivalry.Saban is 11-0 against his former assistants and when the Bulldogs beat the Crimson Tide for the National Championship, Smart will become the first assistant to beat Saban.
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