It seems like it was only yesterday that the 2022 NCAA college football season began. Now, the calendar has flipped over and NCAAF’s biggest game is scheduled to take place in less than a week: the 2022 CFP National Championship.
Every school hopes to find themselves competing for college football’s biggest prize, however, only two teams can play in the final game. With the semifinals behind us, this year’s National Championship will be played between the No. 3 Georgia Bulldogs and the No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide.
While big matches like this can be hard to predict, sportsbooks like Bovada have CFP National Championship odds that paint a clearer picture of what’s expected to unfold. Meanwhile, other sports publications like ESPN offer the best expert predictions for the event.
With that being said, here’s everything you need to know heading into this season’s National Championship game.
Georgia vs Alabama General Information and Statistics
Tonight’s game will be held at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana on Monday, January 10, 2022. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. EST and the contest itself can be viewed on ESPN and other streaming platforms around the world.
The Bulldogs are currently averaging 37.7 points per game, which is the 8th-best average in the NCAFF. Meanwhile, the Crimson Tide are averaging 40.9 PPG — the 4th-best average. Defensively, Georgia is allowing 9.8 PPG (1st) while Alabama is surrendering 19.6 PPG (14th).
CFP National Championship: Georgia vs Alabama Odds
Odds via Bovada as of Tuesday, January 4
- No. 3 Georgia Bulldogs (13-1) vs No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide (13-1)
- Moneyline: Georgia (-140) vs Alabama (+120)
- Spread: Georgia -3.0 (-105) vs Alabama +3.0 (-115)
- Total: 52.5 — Over (-105), Under (-115)
- All-Time Head-to-Head: Alabama leads 42-24-3 in 69 meetings against Georgia.
- ESPN Prediction: Georgia (58.2%), Alabama (41.8%)
A complete list of odds and prop markets is available at Bovada.lv.
Alabama Brings Past Success to CFP National Championship
At this point, Alabama is pretty much synonymous with success whenever college football is talked about — especially when it concerns the CFP National Championship.
This is the eighth year of the College Football Playoff, with the Crimson Tide having qualified for the annual event in six of the previous seven iterations. No team has seen more success than the Crimson Tide at the annual event, with Alabama having won three championships. The school’s most recent title win came last year when they defeated Ohio State by a massive score of 52-24. Now, Alabama looks to become the first back-to-back champion in modern tournament history.
Nick Saban and co. also have some recent success against Georgia on their side. The Crimson Tide have defeated the Bulldogs in seven straight games, with their most recent victory coming this year. Alabama beat Georgia, 41-24, in this season’s SEC Championship game back on Dec. 4. Now, the Crimson Tide hope to use the momentum from that victory on their way to another potential National Championship.
Georgia Enter as the Odds-On Favorite
Despite Alabama being the No. 1-ranked team in college football, it’s actually Georgia who’s Bovada’s favorite to win the 2022 CFP National Championship. As of Jan. 4, the Bulldogs’ odds currently sit at -140.
Georgia certainly had an NCAAF campaign to be proud of, with the school’s only loss on the year coming in the aforementioned SEC Championship game. Other than that, the Bulldogs looked like the most dominant team in college football, holding opponents to a league-best 9.8 points per game. In fact, Alabama was the only team to score more than 17 points on Georgia all season, which goes to show how dangerous that defense can be.
Meanwhile, this year marks Georgia’s second-ever time competing in the College Football Playoff. The Bulldogs previously qualified during the 2017-18 season as the No. 3 seed, making it all the way to face — you guessed it — Alabama in the finals. The Crimson Tide ended up winning the game, 26-23, in overtime, so it’s clear that this year’s CFP National Championship is an opportunity for revenge for Georgia.
Only time will tell if the Bulldogs can exact revenge, or if the Crimson Tide will roll past their SEC rivals for the eighth straight time.