The Georgia Bulldogs are a 2.5 point favorite over the Alabama Crimson Tide in this Monday’s national championship game, per Tipico Sportsbook.
Why the Bulldogs are favored is a mystery to many, seeing as how Alabama had its way with Georgia in December during the SEC Championship Game.
Our staff provided our picks for the game, and here are some more from the national media ahead of the final contest of the season.
All Betting Lines are courtesy of Tipico Sportsbook.
USA TODAY Sports Network: 8 of the 13 experts pick Alabama
Dec 4, 2021; Atlanta, GA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs tight end Brock Bowers (19) runs the ball against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the first half during the SEC championship game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
With an all-SEC matchup, the crew that covers the league for the USA TODAY Sports Network is picking the score of the game. Here are their predictions:
Eric Blum, Columbia Daily Tribune: Georgia 24, Alabama 20
Cory Diaz, The Greenville News: Alabama 23, Georgia 17
Bennett Durando, Montgomery Advertiser: Georgia 20, Alabama 16
Aria Gerson, The Tennessean: Alabama 28, Georgia 16
Jon Hale, Louisville Courier Journal: Georgia 27, Alabama 24
Christina Long, Southwest Times Record: Alabama 35, Georgia 28
Nick Kelly, The Tuscaloosa News: Alabama 31, Georgia 24
Andy Kostka, The Clarion Ledger: Alabama 38, Georgia 28
Adam Sparks, Knoxville News Sentinel: Alabama 31, Georgia 30
Nick Suss, The Clarion Ledger: Georgia 27, Alabama 23
Blake Toppmeyer, SEC columnist: Alabama 28, Georgia 24
Marc Weiszer, Athens Banner Herald: Georgia 34, Alabama 31
Mike Wilson, Knoxville News Sentinel: Alabama 41, Georgia 27
Sporting News: 4 of the 6 experts pick Alabama
Alabama quarterback Bryce Young (9) avoids a tackle from Georgia defensive lineman Jordan Davis (99) during the first half of the Southeastern Conference championship NCAA college football game between Georgia and Alabama in Atlanta, on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021. Syndication: Online AthensJoshua L Jones
Via Bill Bender, Sporting News:
Bill Bender: Alabama 27, Georgia 24
Bill Trocchi: Georgia 27, Alabama 20
Zac Al-Khateeb: Alabama 30, Georgia 20
Mike DeCourcy: Alabama 28, Georiga 21
Vinnie Iyer: Alabama 34, Georgia 27
Matt Lutovsky: Georgia 27, Alabama 24
Andrew Caley of Covers.com: Take Alabama ATS
Dec 4, 2021; Atlanta, GA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver Jameson Williams (1) scores a receiving touchdown against Georgia Bulldogs defensive back Lewis Cine (16) during the third quarter of the SEC championship game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports
Via Andrew Caley – Covers.com:
While I went into this game thinking we would get more value with Georgia after what happened in the SEC Championship Game, that didn’t end up happening. I think this ends up being a close game so, it’s hard to say no to getting points with Alabama in this spot. Roll Tide.
CBS Sports: 6/10 experts from the site predict the Crimson Tide
Georgia head coach Kirby Smart speaks with Alabama head coach Nick Saban before the first half of the Southeastern Conference championship NCAA college football game, Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
Via David Cobb – CBSSports
Dennis Dodd: Georgia
Tom Fornelli: Georgia
Chip Patterson: Alabama
Barrett Sallee: Georgia
David Cobb: Georgia
Shehan Jeyarajah: Alabama
Jerry Palm: Alabama
Adam Silverstein: Alabama
Jack Crosby: Alabama
Ben Kerchevel: Alabama
Matt Johnson of SportsNaut: Alabama
Via Matt Johnson – SportsNaut
Fans should expect a close game that will come down to the fourth quarter. But when the final whistle blows, thanks to a late scoring drive led by some clutch throws by Young, Saban will further cement his legacy as the best college football coach ever with his eighth championship.
CFP championship prediction: Alabama 31, Georgia 27
Brett Gibbons of Sports Illustrated: Alabama
Dec 4, 2021; Atlanta, GA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs quarterback Stetson Bennett (13) throws against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the first half during the SEC championship game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
Via Brett Gibbons – SI
While this game might not be another 20-point blowout, Georgia turning a 24-point deficit (for much of the game) into a National Championship victory would be astonishing. Sorry, Georgia, but the 1980 season will remain the most glorious for another year.
The pick: Alabama 31-20
Devon Platana of FanDuel: Georgia
Dec 4, 2021; Atlanta, GA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide linebacker Drew Sanders (20) tackles Georgia Bulldogs running back Kenny McIntosh (6) in the second half during the SEC championship game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
Via Devin Platana – FanDuel:
Alabama is 42-24-3 in 69 all-time matchups against Georgia.
Alabama defeated Georgia, 41-24, in their last meeting for the SEC Championship on Dec. 4, 2021.
Georgia is 0-7 straight up in its last seven games against Alabama.
Alabama is 5-1 against the spread (ATS) in its last six games as the underdog.
Georgia is 6-4 ATS in its last 10 games this season.
The total has hit the over in nine of Alabama’s last 10 games against Georgia
Winner: Georgia (4)
Joe Broback of Pro Football Network: Georgia
Via Joe Broback of Pro Football Network:
It comes down to what Georgia can do offensively. Alabama dominated the previous matchup because they were able to find explosive plays and limit the Bulldogs’ offense.
Tight end Brock Bowers was the only reliable option for Stetson Bennett to find downfield, and offensive coordinator Todd Monken must find ways to get other players to contribute. Keep in mind that Bowers made a number of incredible, acrobatic catches for the Dawgs in that game too. He wasn’t running free in the Alabama secondary. Someone else must emerge as they did against the Wolverines.
Georgia 30 – Alabama 28