The National Championship live blog: Score updates, highlights, and more throughout Georgia vs. Alabama
CFP NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP 2018 LIVE STREAM
Location: Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta
Streaming: Watch ESPN
Odds: Alabama is favored by 4.5 points
The 2017 college football season reaches its thrilling conclusion at last, and as tradition, it’s a bad time to hate the SEC.
College football’s most discussed conference is football’s equivalent of Schroödinger’s Cat, simultaneously beloved and reviled depending on observation. On Monday, the Southeastern Conference will prove unavoidable when Alabama, college football’s gold standard, attempts to fend off Georgia, an unholy union of Bitcoin and wheat pennies vying to return to greatness through a combination of old tricks and new blood.
The two SEC rivals meet on Monday in the College Football Playoff National Championship at 8 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN
Kirby Smart built his name as the architect behind present Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban’s defenses during stints at LSU, the Miami Dolphins and Alabama, but it’s his offense that will keep Saban up late in the run-up to Monday’s season finale. The Bulldogs are powered by Nick Chubb and Sony Michel, two tailbacks who run like glitched NFL Blitz sprites. Their ability to find space and alienate defenses has cleared the way for freshman quarterback Jake Fromm to shine en route to a 13-1 campaign.
But proteges and first-year passers are a vital part of Saban’s gridiron diet. The robotic play caller has chewed up former assistants like Will Muschamp, Derek Dooley, and Mark Dantonio en route to six NCAA titles. A win Monday will make it seven — and four in the past seven years. And while Fromm has been an efficient drive-extender against a litany of quality opponents this fall, he’s never seen anything like the Crimson Tide. Alabama ranks first in the country when it comes to total defense and third in passing defense in another stellar season in Tuscaloosa.
That’ll give Smart plenty to plan for Monday. He’ll have the chance to take the reins from his mentor’s hands, but he’ll have to reverse the rising tide that swallows up Saban assistants to get there.