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There's been a lot of talk lately about burgeoning Southern Football powerhouses, but there's one team from the SEC East pushing to challenge the Buckeyes, Tide and Dawgs: the Georgia Bulldogs. But who exactly are the Bulldogs? We break down the teams strengths and weaknesses and all of the history you need to know.

Alabama

In 1963, The Saturday Evening Post magazine reported that Alabama coach Paul "Bear" Bryant and Georgia athletic director and former coach Wally Butts had conspired to fix the 1962 game, which Alabama won 35–0. After the story broke, Butts resigned as athletic director, though Butts and Bryant denied the allegations. The two sued the magazine's publisher for libel, and the case reached the United States Supreme Court as Curtis Publishing Co. v. Butts (1967). The Supreme Court ruled in favor of Butts, with the publisher eventually being ordered to pay more than $3 million in damages. The lawsuit has been credited with leading to the end of the magazine.

On December 4, 2021 the two teams met again for the Southeast Conference Championship Game in Atlanta. Georgia was undefeated and ranked number one in the nation at the time while Alabama had one loss and was ranked number three. Alabama again prevailed, 41-24, this time dominating the majority of the game. After both teams prevailed in their national semifinal matchup, the teams again faced off on January 10, 2022, in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game, marking the shortest span between two successive matchups in the rivalry. Georgia won the National Championship with a 33-18 victory. This marks Georgia's first National Championship since 1980. It was also Georgia's first win over Alabama since September 27, 2007, snapping a seven-game losing streak against Alabama. (Source: en.wikipedia.org)

Football

The No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide hope things follow a familiar pattern when they face the No. 3 Georgia Bulldogs in the 2022 College Football Playoff National Championship game on Monday in Indianapolis. The Tide (13-1) have won seven straight meetings with Georgia, including a 41-24 victory in the SEC title game on Dec. 4. They also beat Georgia to win the 2017 national championship after the 2017 season, pulling off a 26-23 victory in overtime. Bama is the defending champion, while Georgia (13-1) seeks its first national title since 1980. Alabama won its semifinal 27-6 against Cincinnati 27-6 in the Cotton Bowl on New Year's Eve, while UGA cruised to a 34-11 win against Michigan in the Orange Bowl.

Five months and more than 800 games will finally culminate Monday in Lucas Oil Stadium when the 2022 College Football Playoff National Championship is decided in … a rematch. The national final features two teams that not only spent the better part of the season considered by most to be a cut above the rest but also played each other four weeks ago. (Source: fivethirtyeight.com)

 

 

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