Three reasons Alabama won the CFB Playoff championship game

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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.

We're looking forward to his second-half commentary.

Coincidentally, both teams will be doing much of the same activities in the day before the game. The following week, the Bulldogs beat down Kentucky 42-13 before ending its regular season with another easy 38-7 win against its rivals Georgia Tech. He has won a national title with an offense coming alive in a shootout. If Georgia's dynamic duo of Chubb and Michel is slowed that puts more pressure on freshman quarterback Jake Fromm to produce.

The fact that this legitimately feels routine speaks to the level at which the Crimson Tide has dominated this sport.

Whereas Hurts couldn't get into a rhythm against Georgia's stingy defense before the break, Bulldogs true freshman quarterback Jake Fromm hit on multiple big throws after Alabama defensive back Tony Brown wrestled away his third passing attempt of the game from wide receiver Javon Wims, part of a sequence of seven consecutive passing plays to open the game for Georgia. The SEC also had two teams featured in the 2011 season finale, when Alabama defeated Louisiana State in the BCS title game.

The Bulldogs feature the most prolific running back combination in college football in senior Sony Michel and Nick Chubb.

If he had, the Crimson Tide might have had another national crown or two in their trophy case.

This will be an old fashioned slugfest.

So why did anyone think the Georgia football team would be any different? If Alabama loses, this will nearly certainly be a substantial reason.

"Alabama is not as unbeatable as they've been". But my guess is that Saban continues to run circles around the rest of college football. Alabama is going for its fifth national title under Saban since 2009 and 11th during the major poll era, which started in 1936. In Monday night's win against Georgia head coach - and former Alabama assistant - Kirby Smart, Saban improves to 12-0 against his former staffers in his tenure as Alabama's head coach.

Welcome to the first intrasquad national championship game. If it was impossible for those other Saban pupils to come closer than two touchdowns against the teacher in 11 meetings, imagine the degree of difficulty for Smart given these stakes. And since arriving at the school, Smart has worked tirelessly to overhaul the football program and to get rid of the-in his words-"complacency" that existed before he took over. They combined for six touchdowns in the Bulldogs semifinal victory against Oklahoma in the Rose Bowl.

Hurts' biggest weakness has been a propensity for sacks, as Alabama is 92nd in adjusted sack rate. That was on full display against Clemson.

The national championship, most importantly, but that's not all.

Yesh: I was very down on Alabama for the Sugar Bowl. To take the last step to the summit, they have to beat the team created to be just like them. Have there been years when I thought there was maybe a few more really stronger teams? Auburn and Mississippi State controlled the line of scrimmage. "I don't see it as there's just three great teams and everybody else". Alabama's offense was non-existent for the first 30 minutes, leading Saban to make a drastic call to change his quarterbacks at halftime and roll with a true freshman in Tua Tagovailoa.

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