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Sports No. 2 Alabama overpowers No. 3 Georgia late, lays early claim to College Football Playoff slot

07:20  18 october  2020
07:20  18 october  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

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Georgia owned Alabama in a way no opponent had during the Nick Saban era, but only for 30 minutes. While Georgia players gathered on their On the sport’s biggest stage, against an opponent built in its own image, Alabama reminded everyone that football is more than a 30-minute game

The No. 4 Alabama Crimson Tide opened as a four-point favorite over the No . 3 Georgia Bulldogs at most books. As a result of the College Football Playoff semifinal bowls, the SEC can already claim this year’s national championship a full week before the game actually occurs in Atlanta on January 8

it was a matchup of college football elite programs that lived up to the hype for most of the game. No. 2 Alabama and No. 3 Georgia were tight for three quarters before the Crimson Tide took charge and walked away with a 41-24 victory.

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The College Football Playoff field is set. No.1 Clemson will take on No. 4 Alabama -- the clear No. 4 team in the country as a nonconference No . 2 Oklahoma will face No . 3 Georgia in the Rose Bowl. Now that we know which teams are playing and where, it's time to set the early odds on who will win.

College Football Playoff Top Four. 1. Georgia (9-0) 2 . Alabama (9-0) 3. Notre Dame (8-1) 4. Clemson (8-1). While Oklahoma remained in the coveted fifth spot, there was a new No. 6 as Ohio State fell to 13th following its 55-24 loss to Iowa, which entered the poll at No. 20. No . 3 .

The game changed quickly with the Bulldogs ahead on the road. Jaylen Waddle broke free on a 90-yard touchdown reception for the go-ahead score. Two interceptions by Georgia quarterback Stetson Bennett on the next two possessions led to two more touchdowns and the game was effectively over with 10 minutes left.

a football player running on a baseball field: Alabama wide receiver Jaylen Waddle (17) celebrates after catching a pass against Georgia linebacker Monty Rice (32) during the first quarter at Bryant-Denny Stadium. © Gary Cosby Jr, The Tuscaloosa News Alabama wide receiver Jaylen Waddle (17) celebrates after catching a pass against Georgia linebacker Monty Rice (32) during the first quarter at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

Three observations from Alabama's victory that could have it threatening Clemson at the top of the Amway Coaches Poll this week:

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Alabama offense finds its stride

Something had to give when the No. 1 scoring offense met the No. 1 defense in yards allowed. Alabama entered averaging 51 points per game. Georgia was allowing just 236.7 yards.

The Bulldogs struck the first blow with an interception of Mac Jones on the first play from scrimmage. From there, Alabama moved the ball consistently and found most of its success through the air.

Jones finished 24-of-32 for 417 yards and four touchdowns with one interception. Two long pass plays helped those numbers as John Metchie III and Waddle got behind the defense for long scores.

Georgia did make life difficult. Its pass rush hit Jones several times and he looked banged up in the third quarter. It mostly slowed down running back Najee Harris until late in the game.

But Jones was solid and patient.  It wasn't as pretty as the Tide normally look but it was pretty enough to put up a big victory.

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No. 1 Alabama 's 26-14 loss at No. 6 Auburn has ended the Crimson Tide's hope for an SEC championship and done serious, but not fatal, damage to their College Football Playoff hopes. Auburn will now face Georgia next week for the SEC title and a spot in the playoff . The loss by Alabama has

Georgia has its moments on offense

Grading the Georgia offense under first-year offensive coordinator Todd Monken is all about how it performs against the championship contenders. Yes, the Bulldogs can look good against Tennessee or Auburn, but those are games where they can be methodical and wear down opponents. Against Alabama, they have to be able to match touchdowns with touchdowns.

It worked for the first half as Bennett looked poised, and some good play calling got the Crimson Tide off-balance. Going into the locker room with a 24-20 lead, everything looked to be going as planned.

Bennett, however, finally started to show signs of being in his first major college football game. A couple of forced throws in the third quarter changed the momentum. The first came deep in Alabama territory as the Bulldogs were threatening to take the lead. The second was on an ill-advised pass across his body that led to the knockout punch by Alabama.

It's a credit to Bennett, who finished 18-of-40 for 269 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions, that Georgia played so well in the first half. He was expected to be no better than third-string before Jamie Newman opted out and JT Daniels was not medically cleared before the season. With more experience, some of the key mistakes can be corrected.

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Alabama fell two spots to No. 5 in the rankings and got bypassed by Georgia . “ Georgia , with wins against both Florida and Notre Dame, put them at No. 4 in the rankings this week,” playoff committee chairman and Oregon athletic director Rob Mullens told reporters.

Why Alabama may now be on outside of College Football Playoff looking in. The Tide did beat LSU and Mississippi State earlier this month, but that’s it in terms of opponents who are in last (When Alabama prematurely snapped the ball for big losses on consecutive fourth-quarter plays , you knew

It's a learning experience to understand you have to play well for 60 minutes and cannot go scoreless in the second half to win against the very best.

Just the first chapter of the story

The loss hurts for the Bulldogs, who haven't beaten Alabama since 2007 — the year of Nick Saban's first season in Tuscaloosa — but they can take solace in knowing there will be another opportunity at the SEC championship game in December if they get past Florida next month.

They can also take solace in their performance, even though it was the third time in four seasons they led into the second half and still fell to the Crimson Tide. The second chance will come on neutral ground in Atlanta. A win there would certainly send a one-loss Georgia to the College Football Playoff.

There could also be a third chapter between the teams under this scenario if Alabama were to finish with one loss and got into the field as an at-large team. Clemson, Ohio State and others might have something to say about that, but it's clear from Saturday night that both these teams are talented enough to win a national championship.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: No. 2 Alabama overpowers No. 3 Georgia late, lays early claim to College Football Playoff slot

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