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Alabama and Georgia fine tune their game plans for the national championship

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Pat Duggins

Alabama has a chance to repeat. Georgia has a chance for revenge. The rematch is set, and it'll decide the College Football Playoff national championship. The stage was set in Indianapolis after easy wins in the Cotton and Orange Bowls. The Crimson Tide defeated Cincinnati twenty seven to six in the Dallas by holding the Bearcats to just two field goals. Georgia staged a rout of its own in South Florida, by beating Michigan thirty four to eleven. Alabama head coach Nick Saban says he’s working with a young team that’s made lot of improvements over the course of the season.

“Those guys have done a great job, Bryce has done a great job,” said Saban. “When young players get a opportunity to play, they learn from their mistakes, and these guys will continue to get better. But I think because they go about it the right way, they’ve made a tremendous amount of improvement, and I was really pleased.”

Saban is referring to sophomore quarterback Bryce Young. One veteran player who made his game at the Cotton Bowl was running back Brian Robinson. After serving as back-up in previous seasons to first stringers like Najee Harris, Robinson dominated in Dallas with a school record of 294 yards rushing in 26 carries, Still, coach Saban kept going back to the younger players who’ve improve a lot…

“(Wide receiver) JaCorey Brooks has played well for us, he has to step up now that John Metchie’s out. So, we have a lot of other young players who’ve done a really good job for us. I’m proud of each and very one of them.”

John Metchie was sidelined with a knee injury. Alabama and Georgia are the only two teams to hold the No. 1 spot in the AP Top 25 poll this season. The upcoming championship game represents a chance for the Bulldogs to settle some old scores. In addition to Alabama’s ruining Georgia’s perfect season in the SEC championship in November, the Tide most recently defeated the Dogs for the 2018 title and then conference championship later that year.

Pat Duggins is news director for Alabama Public Radio.
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