2018 College Football Playoff National Championship Game Preview Series: Georgia Defense

Written by Derek Robbie
Atlanta, GA – ​The Georgia Bulldogs face the National Championship veterans, the Alabama Crimson Tide at 8:00 P.M. EST Monday night at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta Georgia.

The Dawgs seek their first National Championship victory in nearly 40 years, and in order to come away victorious Monday night, they will need their sixth-ranked defense to come up big against the highly-talented Crimson Tide offense.

Georgia and their sixth-ranked defense will look to continue their solid play in the National Championship Monday night. If they wish to have success in the game Butkus Award winner, Linebacker Roquan Smith and the rest of the Bulldog front seven will need to keep Bama’s potent three-headed run game at bay.

“A win would mean a lot more for me,” said Smith on the individual awards he has won. “You know, I’m not really caught up in the individual accolades and what not. But just winning this game would mean more than any award I could ever receive.”

Therefore, the defense will hope to end the game with dual-threat quarterback Jalen Hurts, and running backs, Bo Scarbrough and Damien Harris under 100 yards rushing combined.

Although the Bulldog defense gave up 48 points to Baker Mayfield and the Oklahoma Sooners, they really tightened up from the middle of the third quarter until the end of the second overtime. So, Defensive Coordinator Mel Tucker will look to have his guys carry over their performance from the second half of the Rose Bowl.

“There is a little bit of momentum from the last half, the last 30 minutes, the two overtimes,” said Georgia defensive back Tyrique McGhee on momentum carrying over from the Rose Bowl. “But most of the momentum going into this game comes from what we have done this week in practice, but yeah a little bit of momentum from the last half.”

If Georgia’s defense can keep the Alabama rush attack under wraps, then the Bulldogs should have a good shot at winning the National Championship!

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