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Georgia has the edge over Alabama in simulated games

In Las Vegas, Alabama is a clear favorite over Georgia. In the world of college football simulations … not so much.

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We used NCAAGameSim.com to pit the Crimson Tide and Bulldogs head-to-head 100 times. The engine featured up-to-date rosters — including current injuries — and individual box scores. It also had a clear preference between the teams that will play for the national championship on Monday night (8 p.m. ET, ESPN).

Georgia won 67 of the 100 matchups, boasting an average output of 24.5 points against Alabama’s 21.1.

Here are a few specific aspects we tracked:

  • (Number of times) Alabama won by 10-plus points: 22

  • Georgia won by 10-plus points: 37

  • Alabama won by 20-plus points: 10

  • Georgia won by 20-plus points: 12

  • Alabama won by 30-plus points: 1

  • Georgia won by 30-plus points: 2

  • Alabama won in overtime: 0

  • Georgia won in overtime: 1

  • Jalen Hurts topped 300 total yards: 17

  • Hurts topped 100 rushing yards: 7

  • Damien Harris topped 100 rushing yards: 16

  • Harris topped 200 rushing yards: 1

  • Bo Scarbrough topped 100 yards: 1

  • Calvin Ridley topped 100 receiving yards: 14

  • Alex Pappanastos missed at least one field goal: 42

  • Jake Fromm threw for at least 200 yards: 24

  • Fromm threw for at least 300 yards: 2

  • Fromm threw at least 2 touchdowns: 21

  • Fromm threw 3 touchdowns: 4

  • Fromm attempted at least 20 passes: 62

  • Fromm attempted at least 30 passes: 2

  • Nick Chubb topped 100 rushing yards: 46

  • Chubb topped 200 rushing yards: 2

  • Sony Michel topped 100 rushing yards: 23

  • Michel topped 200 rushing yards: 0

  • D’Andre Swift topped 100 rushing yards: 5

  • Two Georgia running backs topped 100 rushing yards each: 11

  • Rodrigo Blankenship missed at least one field goal: 37

Alabama-Georgia anomalies

There were bound to be some weird box scores over the course of 100 simulations. Here were the most notable moments:

  • In a 36-6 Georgia win, Nick Chubb (258 rushing yards) and Sony Michel (172) combined for 430 on the ground. Even if Georgia plays an outstanding game, those numbers seem more like one in a million than one in a hundred.

  • In a 35-24 Alabama win, backup quarterback Tua Tagovailoa rushed three times for 81 yards (on top of Hurts’ 348 total yards) and the top four Crimson Tide receivers were Hale Hentges (89 yards), Jerry Jeudy (86), Henry Ruggs (65) and Najee Harris (39).

  • In a 44-20 Alabama win, Hurts absolutely silenced his doubters with a monster performance. He completed 23 of 31 passes for 389 yards, 3 touchdowns and no interceptions. His pair of first-quarter touchdown strikes to Ridley helped the Tide run away early.

National championship fireworks

NCAAGameSim.com generates play-by-play accounts of each game. The details aren’t perfect — especially in regard to situation-based strategy — but it does the trick. Here are a handful of interesting endings:

  • Alabama 19, UGA 16: Facing a 16-12 deficit and having not reached the end zone the entire game, Alabama took over at its 20-yard line with about 2 minutes remaining. On third-and-7, Damien Harris ripped off a 68-yard run — an odd call, certainly — and Hurts punched in the winning 4-yard touchdown two plays later.

  • UGA 34, Alabama 31: An MVP-type performance from Hurts (284 total yards and 2 passing scores) was cut short when he threw an interception on first-and-10 from the Georgia 14-yard line with seconds remaining.

  • UGA 34, Alabama 31: One Georgia drive after tying the score with a 33-yard field goal, the Bulldogs had the ball again on their 40-yard line and plenty of time to win. But seven plays yielded just 26 net yards. Forced to gamble, the Bulldogs sent out Blankenship for a 51-yarder, and he nailed it as time expired.

  • UGA 13, Alabama 10: A huge kick return got Alabama to the Georgia 35-yard line on the final drive, but the Crimson Tide stalled, and a 49-yard field-goal attempt by Pappanastos was no good at the final gun.

  • UGA 27, Alabama 23: A 42-yard field goal by Pappanastos put the Tide ahead 23-20, but the Bulldogs countered with a long kick return and Fromm found Terry Godwin for the winning 13-yard touchdown pass with no time remaining.

  • UGA 37, Alabama 34: Hurts tied the score with a 1-yard run on the final play of regulation, but — following a 41-yard overtime field goal by Blankenship — threw a first-down interception on Alabama’s first OT drive that ended the game.

  • UGA 21, Alabama 20: On the final Georgia drive, Fromm (only 38 passing yards entering the possession) led the Bulldogs on a 16-play, 86-yard excursion that culminated in 3-yard game-winning touchdown pass to Riley Ridley.

  • UGA 36, Alabama 30: Instead of attempting a Hail Mary from its 42, Georgia opted to play for overtime and handed the ball to Chubb. Fifty-eight yards later, the Dawgs had a stunning victory.

  • UGA 33, Alabama 31: Needing a touchdown to win, Georgia drove 80 yards on 11 plays to take the lead in the final minute. Chubb’s 2-yard scoring run was the clincher, and Alabama had only two plays from its 20 before the clock ran out.

  • Alabama 27, UGA 23: Georgia took a 23-20 lead on a 42-yard field goal by Blankenship, but Alabama stormed down the field and Hurts hit Scarbrough for the winning 6-yard touchdown with no time remaining.

Mark Richt publishes heartfelt message to Georgia Bulldogs

Mark Richt weighed in on Georgia’s appearance in tonight’s College Football Playoff National Championship Game, and he’s eager to deliver well-wishes to his former team.

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On Monday, the former Bulldogs coach used Twitter to write that he’s “happy for the players, coaches and the Georgia people” before the Bulldogs play Alabama to decide the national title on Monday night at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. This is a nice move from Richt, who went 145-51 as Georgia’s coach from 2001 to 2015.

This is a classy gesture by the coach, who clearly still has feelings for his former program. He gave life to the University of Miami this season while leading the Hurricanes to a 10-3 record with an appearance in the ACC Championship Game and Orange Bowl.

It’s safe to say Richt will be watching closely Monday night with the Bulldogs on his mind.

Georgia couple hopes to cash in with cool product at championship game

Georgia couple hopes to score financially as the College Football Playoff National Championship Game comes to Atlanta.

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Aaron and Helga Thompson, of Covington, are owners of A&H Cool Cooler Creation, a home-based business that makes University of Georgia-inspired coolers from styrofoam encased in plywood and upholstered in vinyl.

Helga Thompson sews on the decals and does the upholstering and her husband does the rest.

It helps that both are also big Georgia fans.

The business began as a hobby. Thompson was messing around in his garage making something to carry on his Kawasaki Vulcan 1600, and said “it just developed from there.”

“I figured it was something the fan could take home as useful memorabilia instead of something that just sits on a shelf,” said Thompson, a retired federal worker and veteran of Operation Desert Storm. His wife is a retired nurse.

Prices for the  coolers range from $30 to $100.

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Thompson said he recently made one for an Alabama fan and has done some for various nonprofits and causes.

He and his wife plan to hit Dawg Country this weekend, and then camp out near Mercedes-Benz Stadium when Georgia meets Alabama on Monday night.

Although most of his coolers are for Georgia fans, in the end, Aaron Thompson just wants a good game and fans to be happy.

“I think they both deserve it,” he said.

Lots of tickets still available for national championship game

Fans wanting to cheer on Georgia or Alabama alongside more than 70,000 of their closest friends still have plenty of options. Online brokers are still showing a good bit of inventory.

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Tickets aren’t a bargain by any stretch but haven’t climbed back to the eye-popping levels they started at shortly after Georgia’s historic Rose Bowl victory.

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At the moment Vivid Seats has seats starting at $1,393. Earlier this week the lowest price was more than $1,900. Stubhub’s lowest priced offering is $1,428.

Best of the best: The history of college football’s national championship game

The Alabama Crimson Tide and the Georgia Bulldogs will take the field Monday night to battle for the title of the best college football team in the nation.

The national championship is awarded each season to the top collegiate team in the country. Prior to the playoff era of college football, championship teams were selected by a number of organizations, people and publications. 

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The Associated Press is the longest-standing selector of the champion, having awarded the title annually since 1936, when Texas A&M took the title. 

President Richard Nixon in 1969 made the unprecedented move of announcing that he would award the winner of the championship game the trophy after No. 1 Texas and No. 2 Arkansas duked it out on the field. Texas ultimately walked away with the trophy that year, according to NCAA records

The Bowl Championship Series, or BCS, was established in 1998. The BCS combined the USA Today Coaches’ Poll, the Harris Interactive Poll and the average of six separate computer rankings to name the top two teams in the nation. 

The BCS rankings proved controversial, particularly in 2003, when No. 3 Oklahoma was chosen over the top-ranked team, USC, to play in the title game, NCAA officials said. That season ended with split national champions: the LSU Tigers, who won the BCS title, and the USC Trojans, who were named the champions by the Associated Press. 

The final BCS championship game was played in 2013, replaced the following year by the College Football Playoffs, in which a four-team tournament was established to determine the national champion. 

The Bulldogs earned their spot in the title game by defeating the Oklahoma Sooners 54 to 48 in the Rose Bowl on New Year’s Day. Their win came after the game went into double overtime. 

The Crimson Tide, who last won the title in 2015, earned their spot in the big game with a 24 to 6 win over the Clemson Tigers, who were the national champs in 2016. 

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University of Georgia football by the numbers

The University of Georgia Bulldogs will take on the Alabama Crimson Tide Monday night in a battle for the national championship. 

The game will be played at 7 p.m. Central Standard Time, 8 p.m. Eastern, at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. Ahead of the big game, here is a by-the-numbers look at some of the Bulldogs' history.

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1892: The University of Georgia played its first football game. A month later, the school became part of the South’s oldest college football rivalry when it played Auburn University for the first time.

1920: The Bulldogs officially became the name of the university’s football team, according to official team history.

10: The number of bulldogs who have served as Uga, the official mascot of the UGA football team. Each Uga has descended from Uga I, who sired a line of English bulldogs owned by Sonny Seiler, of Savannah, Georgia. The current mascot, Que, became Uga X in 2015. 

1964: Vince Dooley, UGA’s most winningest coach, was hired as head coach. Dooley coached the team through its 1988 season. 

201: The number of wins Dooley led the team to in his time as coach. 

808: The total number of wins the Bulldogs have amassed in their history.

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6: The number of SEC championships the Bulldogs achieved under Dooley’s leadership. Dooley had a record of 201-77-10 in his 24 years as Bulldogs head coach.

1980: The year Dooley led the Bulldogs to the national championship.

13: The total number of SEC championships for UGA.

53: The number of bowl games the Bulldogs have played.

2: The number of national championships claimed by the Bulldogs.

92,746: The official capacity of Sanford Stadium in Athens, Georgia, where the Bulldogs play all their home games. 

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1996: Sanford Stadium hosted the medal round of the 1996 Summer Olympics men’s and women’s soccer competition. 

2016: Current head coach Kirby Smart was hired to lead the Bulldogs. Immediately prior to his hiring at Georgia, Smart served as defensive coordinator for the Crimson Tide.  

4: The number of Georgia coaches in the College Football Hall of Fame. Those coaches are Dooley, Glenn “Pop” Warner, Wally Butts and Jim Donnan.

University of Alabama football by the numbers

The University of Alabama Crimson Tide will take on the Georgia Bulldogs Monday night in a battle for the national championship. 

The game will be played at 7 p.m. Central Standard Time, 8 p.m. Eastern, at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. Ahead of the big game, here is a by-the-numbers look at some of the Crimson Tide’s unique history.

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1892: The University of Alabama football team, then known as the “Alabama Cadets,” played its first game. The university itself was founded in 1820.

1906: The UA team became known as the “Thin Red Line.” Its famous “Crimson Tide” label came the following year, in 1907, according to the Paul W. Bryant Museum.

1948: After more than 40 years of a rivalry so heated that they refused to play one another, the University of Alabama and Auburn University once again took to the field. The annual Iron Bowl between the two teams is one of the highlights of the year for fans on both sides of the stadium. 

1958: Legendary head coach Paul “Bear” Bryant took the helm of the Crimson Tide. Bryant ultimately coached the team through its 1982 season.

323: The number of wins Bryant racked up at Alabama. At the time of his retirement, he held the record for the most wins by a coach in college football. 

878: The number of official wins the Tide has earned in its history.

14: The number of SEC titles the Tide achieved under Bryant’s leadership. Bryant, known for his trademark houndstooth hat, had a record of 323-85-17 over his 25-year coaching career at the university. 

26: The Tide’s total number of SEC championships.

64: The number of bowl games the Tide has played.

16: The number of national championships the university claims, the most of any school in the SEC, the Bryant Museum said. The team’s most recent national title was in 2015 under current head coach Nick Saban.

101,821: The capacity of Bryant-Denny Stadium at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, where the Tide plays all its home games. 

2007: The year Saban was hired to lead the Tide. Immediately prior to coaching at Alabama, Saban was head coach at Louisiana State University.

2: Bryant and Saban are the only two college football coaches to win SEC championships at two different schools. 

3: The number of Alabama coaches in the College Football Hall of Fame. Besides Bryant, those coaches include Frank Thomas and Eugene Stallings.

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Alabama’s Nick Saban has remarkable record against former assistants

Nick Saban’s coaching tree stretches far and wide.

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At Monday’s national championship game in Atlanta, Kirby Smart will be the sixth former assistant to face Saban as the head coach of an opposing team.

Before being named Georgia’s head coach in 2015, Smart spent 10 years on a Saban coaching staff at Alabama, LSU and the Miami Dolphins.

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In 11 games against former assistants, Saban is a remarkable 11-0. In those games, Saban teams have outscored opponents an outlandish 427-111.

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The list of pupils includes Derek Dooley (Tennessee), Jim McElwain (Colorado State, Florida), Will Muschamp (Florida), Mark Dantonio (Michigan State), and Jimbo Fisher (Florida State).

Georgia football: The top 5 National Championship Game storylines

The top 5 National Championship Game storylines

Alright, folks. The time for reminiscing on the Rose Bowl has passed (for now). It’s time to focus squarely on what’s next: the National Championship Game against the Alabama Crimson Tide. It seems like we should have more than a week to prepare ourselves for such a monumental matchup, but we get what we get. So let’s waste no more time and get right into it. Here are the top 5 Georgia storylines heading into Atlanta.

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The Teacher vs. The Pupil— Ever since Kirby Smart was hired by Georgia, college football fans have been anticipating the day he met his mentor and former boss, Alabama coach Nick Saban, on the field. But most folks expected that first meeting to come in an SEC Championship Game, not the National Championship Game. And this first — of possibly many — between Smart and Saban also brings with it the opportunity for Smart to achieve something no former Saban assistant has done before: Beat the man they used to call boss.

A potential changing of the guard … or at least a step in that direction — Even if Georgia is able to claim the national title, it will still be the second-best program in the SEC. The four national titles and five SEC titles Saban has won in Tuscaloosa has given the Tide a nice cushion at the top. But considering this is only Smart’s second season at the helm in Athens, the fact it took Saban three seasons to win his first at Bama and the way Smart is recruiting, it’s safe to say the Dawgs have their sights set on becoming the top program in college football.

A chance for Georgia’s seniors to go out on top — One of the most important moments of the 2017 season happened eight months before kickoff against Appalachian State. This season wouldn’t have been possible if Nick Chubb, Sony Michel, Lorenzo Carter and Davin Bellamy bolted for the NFL after their junior season. Between their production on the field and leadership off it, they’re the four most important players on this team. They came back to win something big, so it would be fitting if they left Athens after winning the biggest game there is.

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Revenge is a dish best served cold (and dry) — The last time Georgia and Alabama met on the field was on a rainy day at Sanford Stadium in 2015, and the Tide destroyed the Dawgs 38-10. 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. I sure haven’t. It may be two seasons later, but the National Championship Game will be a chance to serve up some revenge on the biggest possible stage. At the very least it should be dry this time.

Home away from home — The only way to improve the setting of the National Championship Game, from a Georgia perspective, would be to play it in Sanford Stadium. But making the 60-mile trip to Atlanta is a close second. Although it ain’t nearly as close as Athens, Tuscaloosa ain’t too far either, and Alabama will be well-represented. Inside Mercedes-Benz Stadium, it’ll probably be a 50-50 split. But outside it’ll be all Dawg. Every Bulldogs fan in the metro area, and many out of it, are gonna show up to the Benz in hopes of maybe scoring a ticket, or at least being in the vicinity when and if the Dawgs make history.

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Recoup and recover

Between the physicality of the Rose Bowl, the length of the game, the emotion toll of a hard-fought victory and the cross-country flight from California to Georgia, I’ve been a bit worried about how drained Georgia’s players will be by the time Monday rolls around. Count Kirby Smart in that camp as well. From Chip Towers of DawgNation:

“I talked with the players immediately afterward about not burning any more emotion or energy on that game and keep moving on,” Smart said on a College Football Playoff championship teleconference call Tuesday afternoon. “Alabama had a little more sound victory, so they probably didn’t burn quite as much emotion, although I know it was emotional to beat a team that beat them last year. The focus going forward will be on preparing for Alabama and a great program that Coach Saban has got.” …

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“You emphasize rest, recovery. You emphasize what we talk about all the time, which is getting your sleep, getting your dark hours, getting off your phone,” Smart said. “… We’re starting school this week, too, so that’s another deal on top of our kids that they get to deal with. When you start dealing with a lot of outside influences on your kids’ time, you’ve got to be smart as a coach and understand you’ve got to get the most out of them, but we’ve got to be smart with our practice time and our recovery time.”

A special season

As amazing as Sony Michel and Nick Chubb played as lights out as the defense was in the second half of the Rose Bowl, neither was the ultimate difference in defeating Oklahoma. That would be special teams. Three special teams plays completely changed Georgia’s chances: Tae Crowder’s quick move on the squib kick, Rodrigo Blankenship’s 55-yarder and, of course, Lorenzo Carter’s blocked field goal.

>> Related: Alabama’s Nick Saban admits beating Georgia will be very difficult

But the Dawgs’ special teams prowess wasn’t limited to just the Rose Bowl. Their improvement in that facet of the game over last year is one of the major reasons they find themselves on the cusp of a national championship. From Seth Emerson of DawgNation:

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