CFP National Championship 2022: Location, Odds and Guide for Georgia vs. AlabamaJanuary 9, 2022
If there was ever a team coming into the 2022 College Football Playoff championship with a mental mountain to climb, it's Georgia.
The Bulldogs are set to face Alabama on Monday night at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis to put a stamp on the 2021 season, but it will mean besting a team they have not beaten since 2007.
Georgia recently lost in the SEC Championship Game to the Crimson Tide last month, so it's a team ready to find redemption to win its first national championship since 1980.
Alabama, though, is looking to build on its momentum and win its second straight title.
Here's a quick look at the odds and when and where to watch Monday night's CFP National Championship Game.
CFP National Championship Information
Date: Monday, Jan. 10
Start Time: 8 p.m. ET
Live Stream: ESPN online
Spread: Georgia (-2.5)
Over/Under: 52 points
Moneyline: Georgia -140 (bet $140 to win $100); Alabama +120 (bet $100 to win $120)
On paper, Alabama and Georgia have had very similar seasons.
Finishing the year at 13-1, both have played almost flawless football while playing the nation's toughest teams.
So it was almost unavoidable that they'd find themselves here, facing each other in the CFP title game.
But while these two teams both come in with impressive resumes, it's the Crimson Tide that come in with the historical edge over the Bulldogs.
Alabama has the overwhelming upper hand in the all-time series with a 42-25-4 record and then, of course, there's the last time these two met in for the national title.
The Tide beat Georgia 26-23 in overtime to win the 2018 CFP national championship after benching starting quarterback Jalen Hurts in the second half to let Tua Tagovailoa come in and light it up for 166 passing yards and three touchdowns.
And therein lies the danger of facing Alabama: They don't just have a plan A; they've got a plan B and plan C that can be just as deadly as the first. Head coach Nick Saban's bunch also knows how to play when they are the underdog, which they are for this game.
But don't count the Bulldogs out just yet.
Sure, they did lose the SEC Championship Game after being ranked No. 1 for most of the year, but they have been the better team all season and this is their chance to prove it.
The Crimson Tide took all the shiny headlines this year with their sophomore quarterback Bryce Young winning the Heisman Trophy and winning the SEC title.
But there's still a chance for the Bulldogs to take the final headline: national champion.
And they can get it done by doing what they've been doing all year—play dominant defense and keep it steady on offense with Stetson Bennett.
The senior quarterback doesn't air it out like Young, but he can run the offense and make the throws he needs to make. He threw for 340 yards the last time he faced Alabama and he'll need to have a repeat performance or better on Monday to get his team over the hump.
Georgia will also need Bennett's top target, Brock Bowers, to have himself a night, too.
The freshman tight end has been spectacular this season, and it hasn't gone unnoticed by the competition.
"I think this guy is one of the premier players in college football," Nick Saban told Mike Rodak of Alabama.com last week. "I know he's just a freshman, but this guy's got great size. He's a good blocker. He's physical. He's tough. And he's got wide receiver skills in every way, shape or form, which makes it difficult being a bigger guy for bigger guys to cover him, and it makes it also difficult for smaller guys to cover him.
"So this guy is just a phenomenal football player all the way around. They do a really good job of featuring his talents as well. And he's been extremely productive in a lot of ways."
No matter what team takes home the hardware, this should be a can't-miss game for college football fans.
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