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Georgia knocks off Alabama for national title. So, who’s favored to win next year’s championship?

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Georgia head coach Kirby Smart celebrates with fans after beating Alabama 33-18 in the College Football Playoff championship game Monday, Jan. 10, 2022, in Indianapolis. 

Who saw that one coming?

No. 3 Georgia beat No. 1 Alabama, 33-18, on Monday night in Indianapolis in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game to give the Bulldogs their first title since 1980.

And Georgia did it with defense and confidence, which has been Alabama and head coach Nick Saban’s calling card for years.

Monday, Kirby Smart, a Saban disciple, and Georgia used it to knock of the Crimson Tide, denying them their seventh title in 13 years.

Who saw that one coming?

Certainly not me.

But a lot of others did. Even though more bets were on Alabama – 61% according to BetMGM – 53% of the money was on Georgia, which was a 3-point favorite.

Georgia had lost seven consecutive times to Alabama entering the championship game, including the SEC title game in early December – despite being favored in that one, too.

But the Dawgs used their vaunted, top-ranked defense to keep the game close and stay confident until the offense and quarterback Stetson Bennett III found the resolve they needed to overcome a fourth-quarter turnover and score 23 unanswered points for the win going away.

Bennett, after fumbling the ball to open the fourth – which led to an 18-13 Alabama lead – went 4-for-4 for 83 yards and two touchdowns, rallying Georgia.

Kelee Ringo’s 79-yard pick-6 sealed it for the Bulldogs with 54 seconds to play, and set off celebrations from Indy to Athens, Ga., for UGA’s first national championship in 41 years.

Smart after the game said the goal now is to stay focused on another one. 

“I just hope they remember this feeling and understand they don't need to get spoiled,” Smart said of Georgia fans and supporters. “They need to stay hungry like these players.”

So, what are their chances to repeat?

Early, day-after lines have Georgia at +200 to win it all next season. But, Alabama is also right there at +200.

Here are the top-10 odds to win the 2022-2023 College Football Playoff National Championship, according to BetMGM:

Georgia +200

Alabama +200

Ohio State +600

Clemson +800

Michigan +3500

Oklahoma +3500

Texas A&M +3500

USC +3500

Florida +5000

Oregon +5000

Texas +5000

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Mike Szvetitz is the general manager and content director for Szvetitz is a 22-year veteran editor, including spending 17 years as a sports editor, covering everything from preps to professional sports, including 10 years covering the SEC.


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