Alabama-Georgia ultimate preview: Keys to the national championship game

    Bill Connelly is a staff writer for

Ten years ago, Alabama, led by head coach Nick Saban and defensive coordinator Kirby Smart, avenged a 9-6 regular-season defeat to LSU with a 21-0 pasting of the Tigers in the BCS National Championship Game. LSU’s offense famously didn’t cross the 50-yard line until late in the game, and Bama immediately shoved it back to its side of the field.

On Monday (8 p.m. ET, ESPN/ESPN App), Saban and Smart will coach in another rematch, this time from opposite sidelines. Alabama stomped unbeaten Georgia 41-24 in the SEC championship game in early December, allowing the one-loss Crimson Tide to seal a spot alongside the Dawgs in the College Football Playoff. And after the teams won their semifinal games by a combined 61-17, here we are.

It feels like the 2021 season couldn’t have ended in any way besides another Bama-Georgia affair. Let’s preview it!

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