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The Crimson Tide and the Bulldogs pack their bags for Indy and the title game

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Pat Duggins

Alabama and the Georgia Bulldogs will wrap up practice at home today. Both teams will fly to Indianapolis tomorrow for last minute training before Monday’s college football championship game. Sports writers say Alabama could win back to back titles, while Georgia could avenge itself for a loss at the hands of the Tide during the conference championship last November. That defeat ended Georgia’s perfect season. Bulldog’s head coach Kirby Smart defended quarterback Stetson Bennett after that loss to Alabama…

“I think it’s amazing to have a guy, his age, block out all the noise and just focus harder,” stated Smart. “It’s like every time he hears noise, he just focuses harder on the game plan and what he needs to do to execute. If you look at some plays he made out there with his feet. They couldn’t account for his mobility and some of the plays he made with his feet.”

Alabama punched its ticket to the title game with a 27-6 smothering of Cincinnati in the Cotton Bowl. Likewise, Georgia earned its slot by defeating Michigan 34-11 in the Orange Bowl. Kirby Smart says his team isn’t even celebrating its playoff win that paved the way to Monday’s title shot against the Tide…

“We’ll look back on that win, and that’ll be great,” said Smart. “But, we’re focused on the task ahead. That’s the objective, and that’s what our guys….they worked their tail off for three to four weeks to get this opportunity. And it was a one-game season, and now it’s another one-game season.”

The last time Alabama and Georgia faced each other for the college football title was in 2018. The Tide defeated the Dogs 26-23 in overtime with a last second pass from Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa to freshman wide receiver DeVonta Smith. That pass became known as the “Tua Bomb.”

Pat Duggins is news director for Alabama Public Radio.
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