College Football Playoff National Championship game: Alabama-Georgia preview, how to watch & more

Alabama and Georgia meet for the National College Football Championship Monday night at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

The domestic title game is a SEC Championship rematch in December and also a 2017-18 National Championship rematch between the two schools in which Tua Tagovailoa sparked a comeback and the Crimson Tide won the game in overtime, 26-23 .

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Alabama quarterback Bryce Young (9) throws a pass against Cincinnati in the first half of the Cotton Bowl NCAA College Football Playoff Semifinal Game on Friday, Dec.31, 2021, in Arlington, in Texas.
(AP Photo / Jeffrey McWhorter)

Alabama is in its fifth national title game since the dawn of the college football playoffs. The team beat Cincinnati in the semifinals to get here. The Crimson Tide, led by Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Bryce Young, have just one flaw in their history – an upset by Texas A&M.

Young, a sophomore, has 4,503 passing yards and 46 touchdowns this season. He’s leading an offense that saw the dominance of Brian Robinson Jr., who ran for 1,275 yards and 14 touchdowns, and Jameson Williams, who had 75 catches for 1,507 yards and 15 touchdowns. John Metchie III leads the team in receptions with 96 and 1,142 yards and eight touchdowns, but cannot play in the title game due to injury.

Linebacker Henry To’oTo’o leads the team with 105 tackles and fellow linebacker Will Anderson Jr. has won this season with 17.5 sacks. Several Alabama defensive backs are tied with three interceptions – DeMarcco Hellams, Jalyn Armor-Davis and Jordan Battle.

Georgia’s defense is one of the fiercest in college football.

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The Bulldogs’ loss to Alabama last month was their only one of the season, and the 41 points they allowed in the loss was the most they’ve allowed all season. Before that, it was 17 points in a 41-17 win over Tennessee.

Georgia defensive lineman Jordan Davis (99) is lifted into the air by running back Zamir White (3) and offensive lineman Justin Shaffer (54) after scoring a touchdown in the first half of a NCAA college football game against Charleston Southern, Saturday, November 20, 2021, in Athens, Georgia.

Georgia defensive lineman Jordan Davis (99) is lifted into the air by running back Zamir White (3) and offensive lineman Justin Shaffer (54) after scoring a touchdown in the first half of a NCAA college football game against Charleston Southern, Saturday, November 20, 2021, in Athens, Georgia.
(AP Photo / John Bazemore)

Linebacker Nakobe Dean leads his team with 69 tackles and leads with six sacks. Alabama will also face Jordan Davis who finished his senior season as the winner of the Chuck Bednarik Award and the Outland Trophy.

Georgia will have to rely on Stetson Bennett to push the attack to the next level in order to overtake Alabama. Bennett has 2,638 passing yards and 27 passing touchdowns this season. Running back Zamir White has 772 rushing yards and 10 rushing touchdowns. James Cook ran for 651 rushing yards and seven touchdowns. Tight end Brock Bowers leads the team with 52 catches for 846 yards and 12 touchdowns.

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Overall, Alabama’s dominance in college football got the most buzz. Nick Saban is aiming for his seventh championship as head coach of the Crimson Tide and his 16th in school history. Georgia haven’t won a national championship since 1980. A victory over Alabama would be a big upheaval.

Georgia Bulldogs head coach Kirby Smart gestures to the sidelines in the fourth quarter against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Bobby Dodd Stadium on November 27, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Georgia Bulldogs head coach Kirby Smart gestures to the sidelines in the fourth quarter against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Bobby Dodd Stadium on November 27, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia.
(Adam Hagy / Getty Images)

Here are a few other things you should know.

Dated: January 10, 2022

Time (ET): 8 p.m.

TV: ESPN

Site: Indianapolis

Stadium: Lucas Oil Stadium

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Recent national champions

Alabama head coach Nick Saban leaves the field after his victory over Ohio State in an NCAA College Football Playoff National Championship game on Tuesday, Jan.12, 2021, in Miami Gardens, in Florida.  Alabama won 52-24.

Alabama head coach Nick Saban leaves the field after his victory over Ohio State in an NCAA College Football Playoff National Championship game on Tuesday, Jan.12, 2021, in Miami Gardens, in Florida. Alabama won 52-24.
(AP Photo / Lynne Sladky)

2020-21: Alabama

2019-20: LSU

2018-19: Clemson

2017-18: Alabama

2016-17: Clemson

2015-16: Alabama

2014-15: Ohio State

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