There are no bigger stages than the National Championship Game, but Goldberg seems to think the young quarterback will be just fine. Georgia's largest margin of victory against Alabama is 35-0 back in 1948. Alabama allows 2.7 yards per carry and the 302-pound Payne's play is pivotal, consuming blockers and allowing linebackers such as Rashaan Evans to track down ball carriers. Each of the previous three times, the victor of the basketball game also won the football game.
Bulldogs fans, and players, will take any advantage they can get over the Crimson Tide.
However, the Crimson Tide validated their status as legitimate title contenders-and then some-with a 24-6 drubbing of the defending-champion Clemson Tigers in the Sugar Bowl.
2015 - The Crimson Tide defeated the Bulldogs, 38-10, in Athens.
He said it would be the 17th championship for Alabama if they win. Alabama is going for its fifth national title under Saban since 2009 and 11th during the major poll era, which started in 1936. Defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick insists he can go Monday night despite injuring a kidney last week.
Beginning of the show: Alabama strength and conditioning coach Scott Cochran smashed the Crimson Tide's 2016 national runner-up trophy this week, presumably as a way to symbolize his lack of desire to finish second. Georgia responded with a 25-yard touchdown pass to Mikey Henderson to beat Alabama, 26-23.
The Bulldogs wield the most dynamic one-two rushing punch in college football with Nick Chubb and Sony Michel at the controls, and their thunder-and-lightning dynamic can wear down even the most dominant defensive fronts.