This crew hasn’t always hit on score predictions. Five picked Clemson over Alabama in the Sugar Bowl only to see the Crimson Tide play on to the CFP National Championship.
Taking one more swing, the forecast changed a bit for the 7:17 p.m. CT kickoff for Alabama and Georgia.
Among the eight AL.com staffers polled, the average final score projection is Alabama 23, Georgia 16. There was one who picked it as close as one-point game and another who saw a 23-point blowout.
Here are the eight predictions and the reasoning behind them:
Two things that are true: Alabama doesn’t lose strength on strength matchups and Nick Saban doesn’t lose to former assistants. Expect the Tide to win by double-digits … Alabama 27, Georgia 13
Teams who play like Alabama typically don’t beat Alabama. Add that to the grand stage that’s not new to the Crimson Tide and this one goes the way of Nick Saban … Alabama 27, Georgia 17.
Nick Saban and Kirby Smart are the central figures in this game. So, it’s no surprise they would have their fingerprints all over this showdown. A defensive struggle unfolds, and in the end the mentor beats the pupil … Alabama 20, Georgia 17
I just don’t see Georgia having much success against Alabama’s defense … Alabama 24, Georgia 13.
These teams are so close in every way, this game could go in either direction. Given a choice, take the original over the sequel. Take Nick Saban over Kirby Smart. Take Alabama 24, Georgia 23.
A defensive touchdown proves to be the difference for the Tide in a dramatic, hard-fought battle … Alabama 27, Georgia 24
Georgia’s on its way to a dynasty, but Alabama’s isn’t over just yet. Nick Saban improves to 12-0 all-time vs. his former assistants. … Alabama 21, Georgia 16.
Not even close … Alabama 38, Georgia 15.