- Alabama plays Georgia in the National Championship Game on Monday, January 10th 2022
- The Bulldogs have opened as small favorites over the Crimson Tide
- Read below for Alabama vs Georgia opening odds, spread, and projected line movement
A rematch of the SEC Championship will determine the 2021-22 College Football National Championship winner. Alabama and Georgia are set to face-off in the CFP National Championship Game on Monday, January 10th, 2022 in Indianapolis.
The Crimson Tide have opened as underdogs against Georgia despite dominating the Bulldogs in the previous meeting. The game total is set at 52.5 with oddsmakers projecting a lower-scoring matchup.
Let’s take a look at the opening National Championship odds for Alabama vs Georgia and analyze which direction the line is likely to move.
Alabama vs Georgia CFP National Championship Game Opening Odds
|Georgia Bulldogs||-2.5 (-110)||-145||O 52.5 (-110)|
|Alabama Crimson Tide||+2.5 (-110)||+110||U 52.5 (-110)|
Odds as of December 31st at DraftKings
Crimson Tide Dominate Bearcats
Alabama punched its ticket to the National Championship with a dominant win over Cincinnati in the CFP Semifinal. Brian Robinson rushed for 204 yards and Heisman winner Bryce Young passed for three touchdowns in a 27-6 victory. The Tide covered the spread as 13.5-point favorites.
— Alabama Football (@AlabamaFTBL) January 1, 2022
The Tide have the opportunity to win their second National Title in a row and fourth in eight seasons under Nick Saban. Alabama beat Ohio State 52-24 in last year’s National Title game, covering the spread as 9-point favorites. The Tide are 8-6-0 ATS this season.
Alabama was without wide receiver John Metchie in the Orange Bowl, as he suffered a season-ending ACL injury in early-December. Freshman Ja’Corey Brooks helped fill that void against Cincinnati, catching four passes for 66 yards and one TD. Slade Bolden also had a receiving TD.
Alabama’s defense has been responsible for several of their National Titles, and that dominance was exemplified in the Cotton Bowl. The Tide sacked Bearcats QB Desmond Ridder six times and held Luke Fickell’s offense to a season-low 218 total yards.
Bulldogs Smother Wolverines
Georgia will be playing in the National Championship game for the second time in five years after bullying Michigan in the CFP semifinal at the Orange Bowl. The Bulldogs held the Wolverines to 325 total yards in a 34-11 win. Kirby Smart’s team covered the spread as 7.5-point favorites.
MOOD for @GeorgiaFootball 😤
— ESPN (@espn) January 1, 2022
Georgia’s defense had one bad outing against Alabama, but otherwise it’s been scary dominant. The Bulldogs rank first nationally in total defense, allowing just 9.5 points per contest. UGA got consistent pressure on Cade McNamara in the CFP Semifinal and sacked him twice.
Georgia QB Stetson Bennett rebounded nicely in the Orange Bowl after a rough SEC Championship game. The senior passed for 310 yards and three TDs against Michigan. JT Daniels is Georgia’s other quarterback, but he hasn’t played since mid-November and his health status is uncertain.
Although Bennett is 0-2 vs Alabama in his career, the former walk-on is likely to get the start in the CFP National Championship. Kirby Smart has great trust in Bennett and will count on his QB to make the necessary adjustments to perform better against Alabama.
Alabama vs Georgia Expected Line Movement
The CFP National Championship Game odds list Georgia as the favorite, but Alabama could become favored by kickoff. The Tide have won seven straight against UGA, including a 41-24 victory in the SEC Championship. Public money is likely to pour in on Alabama.
The Tide also received all the money in the CFP Semifinal, but oddsmakers held firm and didn’t move the line. This is different, however, as these two teams just played. Alabama picked off Stetson Bennett twice and proved they could score on this elite UGA defense.
With history favoring Alabama, you can expect the National Championship betting line to slowly move in the Tide’s direction leading up to kickoff. If you like the Tide, bet them now while they’re still underdogs. If you like UGA, wait for the Bama money to come in and see how far the line shifts.