Alabama vs. Georgia predictions, picks: National championship game spread, line

ATLANTA-- No. 3 Georgia and No. 4 Alabama will fight Monday in the 2018 College Football Playoff Championship game, marking the 2nd time in 7 seasons that 2 groups from the Southeastern Conference will do battle for the nationwide title.

Alabama vs. Georgia predictions, picks: National championship game spread, line

While the Bulldogs have actually not won a championship game because 1980 nor contended for one given that 1983, the Crimson Tide have actually seen their reasonable share of chances and success since late. Alabama will remain in its 3rd straight title video game and 6th over the past 9 seasons. Bama is 4-1 in its previous 5 looks and planning to win coach Nick Saban his 6th nationwide title, which would combine him with previous Tide coach Bear Bryant as the only 2 coaches to achieve that task.

Here's exactly what the CBS Sports panel of college football specialists think will decrease in the ATL on Monday.

Alabama vs. Georgia predictions, picks: National championship game spread, line

So exactly what side do you have to be all over in the Championship Game Video Game? See SportsLine now to obtain a strong choice for Alabama vs. Georgia from SEC football master Barrett Sallee, who's on a red-hot 27-18 run in versus the spread choices.

2018 College Football Playoff forecasts
Dennis Dodd, senior college football expert: Alabama's defense is "repaired." Not that it was ever broken, however this system just wasn't as much as Nick Saban's own requirements this season. However going from quiting 35 to Clemson a year ago to 6 last Monday sends out a motivating message. Sony Michel and Nick Chubb aren't going to have complimentary run of the field like they did versus Oklahoma. In spite of losing linebacker Anfernee Jennings, the D is called in. Alabama 21, Georgia 17

Jerry Palm, CFP & bowls specialist: Alabama has the very best skill and the very best coach. That is actually all the factor you have to select the Crimson Tide to win this video game or any video game. Certainly, Alabama does not win them all, however the Tide's issue this year has actually been more health than anything. The group is as healthy and determined as it has actually been all year and has actually remained in this scenario in the past. Likewise, I have no idea exactly what it has to do with training versus his previous assistants, however Nick Saban is 11-0 in those video games. Make no mistake: Georgia suffices to win this video game, however I'm not going to bank on it. Alabama 20, Georgia 13

Chip Patterson, college football author: This simply seems like a video game that both groups are more than delighted to play in a phone booth, when it concerns strength-on-strength with a championship game on the line, the sensible choice is Alabama. It would not shock me if Georgia, in the midst of a wild year that will definitely trigger more SEC champion and College Football Playoff runs in the future, manages the upset, however it will take a couple of turnovers and huge unique teams plays to obtain it done. The problems that Oklahoma had with positionings, run fits and open field taking on aren't going to be there for the Tide, so I simply do not believe that Nick Chubb and Sony Michel will have the ability to spring adequate explosive go to sustain drives versus an Alabama defense that remained in complete boa constrictor mode versus Clemson. Alabama 23, Georgia 16

Barton Simmons, senior college football author: We're all configured to overthink this video game, go into the information of every match, every strength, every weak point. However this match in particular is 2 uniformly matched groups with 2 really comparable identities on both offense and defense who do it with workers that is quite even. So in a video game like this, it comes down to execution, and I simply trust Georgia to perform much better. The video game will be close, and it might simply refer 2 mistake-averse groups waiting the other out to see who blinks initially. I rely on Jake Fromm and Georgia a little more to win that looking contest. While Georgia played in the better, more psychological contest in the semifinals, Alabama played in the more physical video game that cost it 2 beginners. With razor thin margins, that will suffice for a 3 point win. Georgia 20, Alabama 17

Tom Fornelli, college football author: I cannot break Alabama here. Yes, these 2 groups are comparable, and both are great. Georgia might win just as quickly as Alabama, however I'm not going to choose the Dawgs to do it. The factor is basic: While they're near mirror images of one another, Alabama is much better in the locations where it's much better than Georgia than Georgia remains in the areas it's much better than Bama. Likewise, after enjoying recently's video game, I fear that Alabama's defense is back in Death Device mode, and God assist anyone that obstructs of Alabama's Death Maker. Alabama 27, Georgia 21

Barrett Sallee, college football author: It boils down to one easy thing: Georgia is a more total football group than Alabama. They choose to obtain down and filthy and play the physical design Alabama is understood for playing, however can likewise open it up when they have to-- as they displayed in the Rose Bowl when quarterback Jake Fromm led them down to connect the video game at the end of policy. Georgia will decide on its time to open things up, struck a couple of huge plays and manage the video game throughout. Watch on D'Andre Swift and Sony Michel as receivers from the backfield. They could be huge parts of the strategy as weapons throughout when coach Kirby Smart chooses to obtain innovative. Georgia 24, Alabama 17

Adam Silverstein, assistant managing editor: Experience counts-- not simply on the field and on the sidelines however in the postseason. Include that to Georgia's substantial travel-- not simply from California back to Georgia however in between Athens and Atlanta continuously in preparation for the video game-- and the Crimson Tide appear to have every off-the-field edge. And in a video game including familiar coaches and defenses, those included benefits count. Contribute to that Jalen Injures' movement as an X-factor, and that Alabama concentrates on closing down Georgia's strength (it's remarkable run video game), and I believe menstruation of the favorites at current national championship (0-4 ATS, 2-2 SU) concerns an end Monday. Alabama 27, Georgia 20

Ben Kercheval, college football author: Thinking about how dominant Alabama and Georgia's particular protective fronts remained in the semifinals, it ought to be not a surprise this jobs as a lower-scoring video game. The distinction is Georgia's smashmouth offense, while effective, plays right into Alabama's strength on defense. If the Sugar Bowl taught us anything, it's that the Crimson Tide's death by sluggish suffocation is back and extremely efficient as ever. Georgia won the Rose Bowl in a design that ran out its convenience zone. It does not seem like this is the kind of video game (or challenger) where it can manage to do that once again. Alabama 24, Georgia 20

Brandon Wise, college football editor: Nick Chubb and Sony Michel will do something no other hurrying duo in the nation has actually achieved: fracture Alabama's vaunted front 7. With a little aid from freshman Jake Fromm and an effective offending line, Chubb and Michel will systematically break the defense down and score several times to bring the Bulldogs a title. Georgia 31, Alabama 27