Reichard’s kick-off hits the end zone in order to touch the ball. Georgia starts at age 25 and… Christian Harris of Alabama instantly knocks out Georgia’s Stetson Bennett for a massive 14-yard loss. However, the penalty for delaying the game on defense gives them an additional five yards.
It’s still in second place, though.
Frank A. James offers some much appreciated email encouragement here:
Play by play is good. thank you. UGA ’61
So far, “almost theatrical” has been the most exciting.
Field Goal (Alabama)
Georgia 0-3 Alabama, 9:55, first quarter
in 1St & 10, Young’s pitch incomplete. It’s strange not to go there. Young throws back here, to Ja’Corey Brooks, which is good for five yards. However, the Alabama drive ends at the 19-yard Georgia line. Decent work for holding Alabama on field goal. Will Reichard’s 37-yard attempt is good, and hey, a three is better than dropping at least a six, so that’s a winning opening motive for all of them.
Georgia 0-0 Alabama, 11:06, first quarter
Young finds Bolden for another big gain, and that’s almost as good a first time as it is. Trey Sanders is only going to pick it up.
Georgia 0-0 Alabama, 11:37, first quarter
Young throws incomplete for Cameron Lato at the start and hits him again for second down, a fine feat for nine yards. They only need one yard, so Young hands it to Robinson Jr. who gets two. Alabama in Georgia 25.
Georgia 0-0 Alabama, 13:18, first quarter
Great break for Alabama. on 2second abbreviation & 10, Young hands it to Jameson Williams for an additional 11 yards and a first descent.
Georgia 0-0 Alabama, 13:23, first quarter
Alabama QB Bryce Young calls Slade Bolden for 11 yards and a first touchdown. In the next play, Young is taken to the ground and Georgia appears to be recovering and takes her down but officials will check again if it was an incomplete pass.
They rule… and it’s just an incomplete pass, so there’s no touchdown and it’s only a second.
kick off the match
Georgia 0-0 Alabama, 14:34, first quarter
Alabama starts on its own 25th after the opening kick. Brian Robinson Jr gets the ball for the first two campaigns which takes him to 33.
Georgia calls tails. It’s tails. Georgia has to decide, they decide to hold off and get the ball to start the second half.
As a Patriots fan, I have to say this is the right choice.
Gospel singer Natalie Grant offers a rustic version of the Star-Spangled Banner that’s way, way, way too boaty for my personal tastes. 4/10.
See the space force flag when displaying flags!
Well, we’re close to our opening kick date (the game is telecasting on ESPN for those wondering). In fact, we’re at opening time here. We get a copy…the band march of the men’s “safety dance” without hats here from what I can tell.
That song *no* mentions the Crimson Tide as far as I know.
When we mention the changed playoff system, the NCAA adopted the four-game system in 2014. However, there is already some talk of expanding the stadium to include 12 teams, but the parties are far apart in reaching an agreement. Given the way all sports are, it’s probably all but inevitable.
Well, the preamble might have tilted my hand a bit. I think Alabama won that game but (we have to make this interesting) Georgia will at least temporarily get ahead of the game relatively late. My random challenge to the final score: Alabama 30-27 Georgia.
This is just from someone who admitted that he’s been paying a lot more attention to the NFL than to the college game over the past few months. I very much welcome your prospects, which you can email to firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet to Tweet embed.
These two teams aren’t exactly fan favorites, but then again, it’s rare that schools tend to make it into a championship game as well.
The Inevitable Steely Dan Connection
Have you ever wondered how Steely Dunn’s “Deacon Blues” came to mention the Alabama football team? Well, Mail’s Tim Grierson is here to tell you exactly how Donald Fagin and Walter Baker snuck the line “They Call Alabama the Crimson Tide” in one of their most desperate songs and how they then became an unexpected marching band in Alabama.
Hey, welcome to the 2022 College Football National Championship between seeded Georgia and seeded Alabama. Long-time NCAA football fans won’t be surprised that these two teams are the last two standing. The two teams have a longstanding rivalry, despite it being mostly one-sided. The last time Georgia beat Alabama was in 2007 which was much longer ago than your brain thinks.
Therefore, Crimson Tide by Nick Saban has to be considered a favorite here. Heck, as The Ringer’s Rodger Sherman points out, the envy of the Alabama Bulldogs made them go out of their way to snatch from the Saban training tree, with Georgia coach Kirby Smart being Saban’s former defensive coordinator. It’s hard to shake the feeling that Georgia is perpetually stuck catching the ball in modern college football.
Alabama actually beat Georgia in the SEC Championship match, 41-24 shells of the highest ranking. The naysayers could point to this as a point toward Alabama, but the Bulldogs came back from that with a 34-11 win in the Orange Bowl and should have had extra motivation. Meanwhile, the crimson tide has already turned on Cincinnati, 27-6.
Georgia isn’t just playing in their first tournament in over 40 years, they won it all back in 1980, they’re playing to get a really gigantic monkey off his back. Meanwhile, Alabama is here to prove that it is still the most dominant team in the country and win its first consecutive championship in the current supplement era.
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