Coming into the 2021-22 college football season, there were a lot of big expectations for both the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Georgia Bulldogs. That remained the same when both teams made the College Football Playoff. They were expected to get past their respective foes and meet again as they did in Atlanta last month for the SEC Championship, and they both did just that, rolling their way past their opposition. The Tide did so, in large part, thanks to a dominant ground game from Brian Robinson, Jr.
The running back racked up 204 yards on the ground on 26 carries, an amount that was only 14 behind the total offense generated by Cincinnati’s offense in the entire game. With Heisman winner Bryce Young’s solid three-touchdown, 181-yard day as well, the Tide had all they needed to ease past the Bearcats 27-6 in the Cotton Bowl in Texas and clinch a spot in their sixth CFP final in the eight years the format has existed. Meeting them there, as mentioned before, will be the Bulldogs as they rolled past the Michigan Wolverines at the Orange Bowl in Miami by a score of 34-11. The tone was set early by the Dawgs as they scored touchdowns on each of their opening two drives and led 17-0 early in the second quarter. The Wolverines, after a season in which they finally got past the hurdle known as Ohio State, only mustered their first touchdown late in the going. Georgia QB Stetson Bennett finished the contest with 313 yards and three touchdown tosses while the defense forced three Michigan turnovers. Now, we get to once again see if Georgia can defeat its ‘old brother’ in the form of Alabama as the two will face off in Indianapolis on January 10th to conclude the season. Georgia has opened as a slight betting favorite, but they haven’t beaten the Tide since 2007 and have dropped seven straight to them in that time frame, with four of those coming since Kirby Smart took over.