Saturday’s SEC Championship game between the second-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide and the third-ranked Georgia Bulldogs was basically a national semifinal game with the winner getting to face the top-ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish on Jan. 7 in the BCS Championship Game. I think the fans who gathered in Atlanta got their money’s worth between two teams that went back and forth the whole night before Alabama won 32-28 as Georgia came up five yards short.
This was definitely the game of the year in college football with the eyes of the entire country focused squarely in the Georgia Dome. I know I was on the edge of my seat in the final minute as Georgia drove deep into Alabama territory. These are the kind of games that make you happy that you are a college football fan or just a sports fan in general. I really wish we could get games like this more often and with the college football playoff beginning in the 2014 season, there is no doubt we will see more and more high-powered matchups with teams trying to move up in the rankings in the coming years.
The wait can now begin for the national championship when Alabama plays Notre Dame in Miami. I’m sure that Alabama will be favored by at least a touchdown against the Fighting Irish but I will tell you right now that there is no way either team wins in a blowout. This night belongs to Alabama, though, and the rest of us can now just wait and see what happens before now and Jan. 7 to see if the Crimson Tide can repeat.
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