Home cooking for the Bulldogs

08 January 2018 05:40:13 EST

The Georgia Bulldogs will hope that playing for the national title within 100 miles of their home in Athens will help them to victory against the Alabama Crimson Tide.

Georgia arrives in the title game after a thrilling victory over the Oklahoma Sooners in the Rose Bowl.

Quarterback Jake Fromm threw for 210 yards and a couple of scores completing 20-of-29, but the story of the 54-48 double overtime triumph was the running back duo of Sony Michel and Nick Chubb. Michel rumbled for an amazing 181 yards and three touchdowns on just 11 carries while Chubb also impressed in gaining 145 yards and scoring twice on 14 carries.

Only once previously this season had both backs gone over 100 yards in the same game, a 45-14 mauling of the Vanderbilt Commodores in Nashville at the start of October. Then Michel had 150 yards and Chubb 138 as Georgia rolled for 423 yards on the ground.

Like Alabama there aren't a lot of quality wins on the Bulldogs resume. Georgia played just three games against ranked sides in the regular season defeating Notre Dame and Mississippi State before falling to Auburn on the road.

However playing in the East Division with effectively no opposition allowed the Bulldogs to avenge their lone loss to Auburn in the SEC title game and now play an Alabama squad who didn't even win their own Division.

That's a combination of circumstances that have many calling for the expansion of the College Football Playoff to eight teams with a guaranteed entry for each of the champions in the Power 5 Conferences.

The Bulldogs are 8/5 to win on the Money Line and the Crimson Tide are priced at 5/9.

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