Alright, folks. The time for reminiscing on the Rose Bowl has passed (for now).
For all the injuries and departed stars, the fourth-ranked Crimson Tide's "D" still is tops in college football. It seems like we should have more than a week to prepare ourselves for such a monumental matchup, but we get what we get.
The college football championship visit would follow months of Trump's sustained attacks related to professional football over player protests during the National Anthem, which the President has called on the NFL to ban.
Between the proximity of the schools and Georgia's long national championship drought, the title game is looking like a tough ticket.
Alabama coach Nick Saban said the only comparable defensive effort he can remember in his almost 11-year tenure came in the 2011 national championship game against LSU, a 21-0 win. Saban's teams have played the Bulldogs four times in his 11 seasons in Tuscaloosa - and won three. That it feels pretty good at the saints are big favorites in this game but they were also favored to win the season finale.
Alabama and Georgia showed that talk of the Southeastern Conference losing some of its might was very much overblown.
"I thought the defense played with a ferocious, relentless sort of 'I-won't-be-denied attitude, '" Saban said.
"To come back in a game like they did against Oklahoma, they're playing extremely well", Saban said.
The Tide, which began the season in Atlanta beating Florida State, will return to Mercedes-Benz Stadium next Monday night to face No. 3 Georgia and give Saban a shot at his sixth title, which would match Bear Bryant. I'm sure there are plenty of members of this Georgia team who haven't forgotten the misery brought on by both the rain and soul-crushing loss. But the city has never hosted a game that decided the national championship. Will the Bulldogs be able to buck that trend and win their first national championship since 1980, or will Nick Saban win his fifth national championship in his last nine years at Alabama? But making the 60-mile trip to Atlanta is a close second.
The college championship will be the first one in Atlanta's newly minted football stadium and would mark Trump's latest visit to the southeast. But outside it'll be all Dawg.
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The point spread and the over/under for Monday's national championship game between Alabama and Georgia have both dropped over the last 24 hours.
When Southern California plays Alabama, or Miami plays Notre Dame, or Ohio State plays Oklahoma, it stirs into more than a meeting of players and coaches and recruiting strategies and Xs and Os.
"You emphasize rest, recovery".
"This", Saban said, "was a little bit personal for us". How did they get there? That would be special teams. It's not immediately known whether another top Trump ally in Georgia - U.S. Sen.