clear
Wednesday January 17th, 2018 4:41PM

CFP Championship: AccessWDUN is on hand to witness Dogs' first title shot since 1983

By Jeff Hart Sports Reporter

ATLANTA — As all the hype and predictions of the past week begin to settle down, the Georgia football team will see if it can complete a magical journey to the program’s first national title in 37 years Monday night.

The Bulldogs play fellow Southeastern Conference rival, and title-horder, Alabama at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in the College Football Playoff Championship Game. Kickoff is slated for 8:10 p.m.

Georgia’s last title came in 1981 after a 17-10 win over Notre Dame. The Crimson Tide have won four championships in the past eight seasons.

AccessWDUN Sports Editor Morgan Lee and sports reporter Jeff Hart are on hand at The Benz and will have full game summaries as well as reaction and analysis once the confetti starts falling.

Most, including the teams themselves, are expecting a defensive slugfest. Alabama brings in the nation’s top defensive unit (11.1 points per game allowed) while the Bulldogs brings in the fifth-rated defense (15.7 ppg) in the country behind Roquan Smith.

The Georgia offense, however, features a bruising ground attack behind senior running backs Nick Chubb and Sony Michel, who are now the NCAA’s all-time rushing duo with 8,259 combined yards. They surpassed SMU’s Eric Dickerson and Craig James, who held the record at 8,192 until last week’s Rose Bowl where Chubb and Michel churned out 326 combined rushing yards.

Alabama’s offense has Bo Scarborough, Damien Harris, and Jalen Hurts and the Tide leads the nation in scoring differential having outscored their opponents by a whopping 349 points (26.8 ppg).

Check back on AccessWDUN after the game for complete coverage of Georgia’s first national championship shot since the days of Herschel Walker.

© Copyright 2018 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
CFP Championship: AccessWDUN is on hand to witness Dogs' first title shot since 1981
As all the hype and predictions of the past week begin to settle down, the Georgia football team will see if it can complete a magical journey to the program’s first national title in 37 years Monday night...
4:55PM ( 11 minutes ago )
(VIDEO) CFP Championship: Dogs' northeast Georgia-grown stars ready for shot at history
For sophomores Isaac Nauta, Ben Cleveland, Charlie Woerner, and Mecole Hardman extra support has found its way to them as they get an opportunity to play for one of the most coveted trophies in all of sports practically in their backyards...
7:02AM ( 10 hours ago )
Championship matchups: Hurts v. Smith; Fromm v. Fitzpatrick
Alabama and Georgia should know a lot about each other when they meet in the College Football Playoff national championship game Monday night, even though the teams have not played in a few years.
2:10PM ( 1 day ago )
Sports
Dogs, and fans, have fun at CFP Media Days
If Saturday is any indication, don’t look for Georgia coaches or players to be rattled during Monday night’s College Football Playoff championship game Mercedes-Benz Stadium...
10:22AM ( 2 days ago )
Changing of the guard in the SEC (and the nation)?
What will Monday night's titanic College Football Playoff championship game between Alabama and Georgia really mean when the smoke (and confetti) clears at Mercedes-Benz Stadium?
8:01AM ( 2 days ago )
Georgia's Smart latest mentee who'll try to topple mentor
Nick Saban vs. Kirby Smart is only the latest in a line of high-stakes coaching matchups between mentors and mentees over the history of college football...
5:29PM ( 2 days ago )
College Sports
(VIDEO) CFP Championship: Dogs' northeast Georgia-grown stars ready for shot at history
For sophomores Isaac Nauta, Ben Cleveland, Charlie Woerner, and Mecole Hardman extra support has found its way to them as they get an opportunity to play for one of the most coveted trophies in all of sports practically in their backyards...
7:02AM ( 10 hours ago )
Championship matchups: Hurts v. Smith; Fromm v. Fitzpatrick
Alabama and Georgia should know a lot about each other when they meet in the College Football Playoff national championship game Monday night, even though the teams have not played in a few years.
By The Associated Press
2:10PM ( 1 day ago )
Special teams could be key to championship for both Bama, Dogs
With two monster defenses and two opportunistic offenses that are likely to counteract either other, Monday night's College Football Playoff National Championship game between Georgia and Alabama is likely to come down to the special teams...
8:04AM ( 1 day ago )
(VIDEO) CFP Championship: Dogs' OL, Cleveland set for Bama battle
Georgia’s offensive line got one solid, unsuspecting endorsement Saturday during the College Football Playoff media day at Phillips Arena...
5:40PM ( 1 day ago )
Alabama, Georgia players say Trump visit not a distraction
The magnitude of having President Trump in the stands for Monday night's college football national championship game is not lost on the players, nor is the hoopla that comes with it.
By The Associated Press
3:17PM ( 2 days ago )