Bet Georgia To Win The 2017 National Title Because...

Bet Georgia To Win The 2017 National Title Because…

If you witnessed third-seeded Georgia’s absolutely thrilling comeback win over No. 2 Oklahoma in their Rose Bowl semifinal matchup last weekend then you witnessed a game that will be talked about for generations.

If you’re now giving some serious consideration to backing the Bulldogs in their 2018 CFP national championship matchup against fourth-seeded Alabama, then I’ve got five great reasons why the SEC champions could pull off the big upset over the national championship runner-ups from last season.

Bet Georgia To Win The 2017 National Title Because…

1. Rush Attack

There aren’t many teams that have a better and more powerful rushing attack than Alabama, but Georgia is one of them! The Bulldogs feature two superstar running backs that will be playing on Sundays in the NFL very soon in Nick Chubb and Sonny Michel. Not only did the pair set a Rose Bowl record for combined rushing yards by two running back with Michel rushing for 181 yards and three scores and Chubb adding 145 yards and two touchdowns, but the pair were simply prolific all season long. Chubb rushed for a stellar 1,320 yards and 15 touchdowns while averaging 6.4 yards per carry while Michel added 1,129 yards and 16 scores while averaging a stupendous 8.0 yards per carry. Hell, the Bulldogs have another, but lesser-known running back that has stardom in his future as well in gifted third-stringer D’Andre Swift who chipped in 603 rushing yards and three touchdowns this season while averaging a stupendous 7.8 yards per carry.

2. Head Coach "Smart"s

Now in his second season at Georgia, head coach Kirby Smart knows Alabama and Nick Saban as well as any coach in college football. That could help the Bulldogs in their quest to pull off the big upset. Smart was Nick Saban’s defensive coordinator with the Tide from 2008-2015 and that means he should know how to attack Alabama’s defense and what plays to call when he sees specific defensive alignments from the Crimson Tide in the national championship. Whether the student can out-coach the teacher remains to be seen, but Smart has clearly built a program at Georgia that is eerily identical to Alabama’s and that alone means they should be able to hang with the Tide throughout the national championship.

3. The Defense

In keeping with the Kirby Smart thing, clearly the Tide’s former defensive coordinator knows how to build an elite defense and devise a defensive scheme that produces jaw-dropping results. This season, Georgia’s eye-opening success was first and foremost, the result of their shut-down defense. The Bulldogs ranked an encouraging sixth in total defense (289.5 ypg), eighth against the pass (167.6 ypg) and 20th against the run (121.9 ypg) while finishing a stellar fifth in points allowed (15.7 ppg). Linebacker Roquan Smith is a first-team All-American and sideline-to-sideline ‘beast’ that won SEC Defensive Player of the Year award and more prestigious Butkus award as the nation’s top linebacker. While the Bulldogs don’t really have a bunch of big-name players right now, you had best believe that scoring on them doesn’t come easily, even if Baker Mayfield and the Sooners put up 48 points on them in their shootout of a semifinal matchup last weekend.

4. The Quarterback

True freshman quarterback Jake Fromm certainly doesn’t get much attention seeing as how Georgia is all about their defense and rushing attack, but I’ve got to say. After watching the freshman signal-caller all season, he’s pretty darned good and looks like he could make it at the next level if he continues to improve. I like Fromm’s poise in the pocket and the fact that he doesn’t seem to get rattled very often. The first-year signal-caller completed an impressive 63.7 percent of his passes while throwing for 2,383 yards with 23 touchdowns, but it is his lack of interceptions (just five) that has impressed me most. I know Kirby Smart has played a brand of football that doesn’t place his young quarterback under a lot of duress to make big plays, but when he has been called upon to make them, he’s delivered more often than not. If Alabama somehow manages to shut down Georgia’s rushing attack, Fromm could be the key to whether Georgia wins the national championship or not.

5. There’s No Place Like Home

The 2018 national championship will be played at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia, making it, for all intents and purposes, a home game for the Bulldogs. Georgia could feed off of what should be a slightly increased number of home fans and that ‘12t man’ could give them the extra boost they’ll need in order to get past the more experienced Crimson Tide. However, you should know that, while Georgia is the first team to play a national championship game in its home state since LSU played in New Orleans back in 2012 –those Tigers lost that BCS title tilt to – of all teams – Alabama.

Bet Alabama To Win The 2018 National Title Because...

Bet Alabama To Win The 2018 National Title Because…

If you’re excited about the quickly approaching 2018 college football national championship and you’re looking for reasons why you should be on the fourth-seeded Alabama Crimson Tide (12-1 SU, 6-7 ATS) to claim this season CFP championship, then you’ve come to the right place!

I’ve got five great reasons why you should bet on Nick Saban’s perennially powerful program to claim this season’s national championship. With the start of the 2018 national championship just days away, let’s examine some reasons that could win their fifth title of the Saban era.

Bet Alabama To Win The 2018 National Title Because…

1. Defense

Okay, let’s start with the very best reason why Alabama could win the 2018 national championship. As is the case with every Saban team at Alabama, it all starts with what is once again, another lock-down defense. If you didn’t know, Alabama heads into the national championship ranked first in the nation in total defense (253.5 ypg), third against the pass (160.6 ypg), first against the run (92.8 ypg) and first in points allowed (11.1 ppg). With those kinds of numbers, I certainly wouldn’t expect Georgia to light up the scoreboard the way they did in hanging 54 points on Oklahoma in their double overtime win against the Sooners in their semifinal matchup last weekend.

Cornerback Minkah Fitzpatrick was a consensus AP All-American this season that won the prestigious Chuck Bednarik award as the nation’s best defensive player and Jim Thorpe award as the nation’s top defensive back. While linebacker Rashaan Evans earned All-American honors from the American Football Coaches of America. While the Tide didn’t have multiple All-Americans like we’ve come to expect almost every year, they were as stingy this season defensively as they ever have been.

2. Underrated Offense

While Alabama’s offense is always overshadowed by their powerful defenses, this season, they were very good and as usual, it starts with their powerful rushing attack. The Crimson Tide ranked 25th in total offense this season (454.7 ypg), 87th in passing (198.9 ypg), a stellar 10th in rushing (255.8 ypg) and encouraging 12th in scoring as they put up 37.9 points per game.

As is always the case under Saban, Alabama has a powerful rushing attack and for the second straight season, its featured the same trio of prolific runners. Running back Damien Harris rushed for a team-high 983 yards and 11 touchdowns while averaging a stellar 7.6 yards per carry. Dual-threat quarterback Jalen Hurts added an eye-opening 808 rushing yards and eight touchdowns while averaging 5.5 yards per carry and last but not least, powerful running back Bo Scarborough chipped in 573 rushing yards and eight touchdowns while averaging 4.8 yards per carry.

3. Their Underrated Quarterback

I’m just going to come out and say it. Sophomore signal-caller Jalen Hurts clearly is underrated and doesn’t get the credit he deserves!

Sure, while Hurts passed for a modest 2,125 yards this season, he also tossed 17 TD passes and just one interception which means he clearly doesn’t turn the ball over often. His dual-threat rushing ability makes his as dangerous as any quarterback in the country even if he doesn’t get the national attention of a Baker Mayfield or Josh Rosen. Case in point, Hurts completed an efficient 16 of 24 passes for 120 yards while tossing two touchdown passes and no interceptions in Alabama’s convincing 24-6 semifinal win over Clemson this past weekend, although the Crimson Tide’s defense got the lion’s share of media attention for their dominance.

4. A Wealth of Experience

Alabama is the only team in all of college football to appear in all four College Football Playoffs since its inception. Not only that, but this year marks the Crimson Tide’s third straight in the national championship game. That means that any player on this year’s roster that isn’t a true freshman already has at least one title game of experience under their belt.

5. The Coach

Nick Saban will go down as one of, if not, the, greatest head coach in college football history. Not only did Saban lead LSU to the 2003 national championship, but he’s won four titles at Alabama since taking over in 2007 (2009, 2011, 2012 and 2015) and could win five titles at one school faster than any coach in college football history. Saban has compiled a mind-boggling 126-20 record at Alabama while recording one unbeaten season (2009) and five one-loss seasons, including three straight and counting.

2018 NFL Wild Card Expert Picks

2018 NFL Wild Card Expert Picks

The NFL playoffs kick-off this weekend with the Wild Card round. If you still haven’t made your wildcard picks, I have a trio of NFL Wild Card weekend betting picks guaranteed to boost your bankroll.

2018 NFL Wild Card Expert Picks 

Can the Kansas City Chiefs use home field advantage on Saturday? Will the Rams continue their unreal ascension versus the Atlanta Falcons? Who wins when Buffalo battles Jacksonville? Finally, the New Orleans Saints host the rival Carolina Panthers in Sunday’s late battle. Who takes it in that NFC South matchup?

Tennessee at Kansas City
When:  Saturday, Jan. 6 at 4:20 pm ET
Where: Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, MO
Odds: Kansas City -8

Analysis: Tennessee did enough to secure a playoff spot. However, the Titans must now travel to Missouri to battle the Kansas City Chiefs. To me, this is a no-brainer pick. The Chiefs started out the season winning their first 5 games.

During the middle of the season, they lost 6 out of 7. Amazingly, the light switch went off again. KC finished the season winning 4 straight. They rested most of their starters in Week 17, and still beat the Denver Broncos 27 to 24.

Wild Card Expert Pick: Kansas City

Atlanta at L.A. Rams
When:  Saturday, Jan. 6 at 8:15 pm ET
Where: L.A. Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, CA
Odds: L.A. Rams -6

Analysis: This feels like way too many points to give up to the defending NFC Champions. Atlanta needed to beat Carolina, a team they almost always have trouble with, just to stamp their ticket to the post-season.

Now that Atlanta’s in the post-season, who knows? For the Rams, it’s difficult to think of a worse matchup. Sure, the Rams beat the Seattle Seahawks 42 to 7 in mid-December. But, that’s because the Seahawks were without two of their very best defensive players.

When the Rams faced Seattle at full strength, the Seahawks beat them 16 to 10. Who built the defense in Seattle? That’s right, Dan Quinn.

Atlanta’s the play.

Wild Card Expert Pick:  Atlanta

Buffalo at Jacksonville
When:  Sunday, Jan. 7 at 1:05 pm ET
Where: EverBank Field, Jacksonville, FL
Odds: Jacksonville -8

Analysis: Buffalo’s not a great team. It’s hard to believe that Jacksonville is, either. The real reason I like Buffalo is that they’re battle-tested.

The Bills took on the New England Patriots twice, the Carolina Panthers, the Atlanta Falcons, the New Orleans Saints, and the Kansas City Chiefs. Jacksonville didn’t come close to playing the teams that Buffalo battled this season.

I’m not sure the Jags are ready for the playoffs. I definitely don’t feel the Jags are ready for a rushing attack that averages over 126 yards per game. I like Buffalo.

Wild Card Expert Pick: Buffalo

Carolina at New Orleans
When:  Sunday, Jan. 7 at 4:30 pm ET
Where: Mercedes-Benz Super Dome, New Orleans, LA
Odds: New Orleans -6.5

Analysis: The Carolina Panthers couldn’t beat the Atlanta Falcons in Week 17. That’s why Carolina ended up traveling to New Orleans. By virtue of Carolina’s loss to the Falcons, the Saints won the NFC South Division.

Even if this game were to take place in Carolina, it would be tough to back the Panthers. Carolina is a decent team. They just don’t matchup well with the Saints. New Orleans beat Carolina 34 to 13 and 31 to 21 this season.

Don’t be surprised to see a similar score on Jan. 7.

Wild Card Expert Pick: New Orleans

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