Nick Saban knows Alabama has its work cut out for it in the rematch against Georgia in the national title.
Just a few weeks ago, the Tide dominated the Bulldogs 41-24 in the SEC Championship game, but to beat a team twice during the season is really hard to do.
Bryce Young threw for 421 yards and 3 touchdowns to secure the Heisman Trophy, and to duplicate that success against Georgia’s defense will be tough.
Saban joined College GameDay Saturday morning, and he understands why Alabama — and probably secretly loves it — will be considered an underdog despite having the No. 1 seed and already defeating Georgia. The Bulldogs opened up 2.5-point favorites over the Tide.
“The team has a chance to win a national championship. So, you expect to play a good team,” Saban said on College GameDay. “We’re still going to probably be underdogs in the game, I would assume. Georgia played an outstanding game last night. The part that I saw against Michigan, they were dominant. So, I could see why people would think that, but it’s a challenge.
“Our players have a tremendous amount of respect after playing Georgia of how good of players they have and how good of a team and how well coached they are and what it would actually take to have success against them. So, I think that’s got to be the way we start and that’s got to be the mental edge that we have, and if we don’t have that, we’re not going to play the way we’re capable of playing or like we need to play to be able to compete against a team like this.”
It’s hard not to be impressed with how Georgia dismantled a really good Michigan team. The Wolverines never stood a chance.
You can watch Saban’s interview below:
Nick Saban says Alabama will probably be underdogs in the #CFBPlayoff title game.
“Georgia played an outstanding game last night. The part that I saw against Michigan, they were dominant.” pic.twitter.com/hUoq2wR8Mg
— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) January 1, 2022