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Why Alabama Will Win the 2022 College Football National Championship

By Dan Vasta in College Football
| January 5, 2022 10:10 am PDT

Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide are a win away from repeating as national champions.

They’re going against Georgia in another national title, a second in four years. This shows how dominant the SEC has been at the top of the mountain.

The national landscape could change if the Tide win their fourth national title in the CFP era. Here are your top five reasons why Alabama will win the national championship.

Alabama’s Line of Scrimmage

Alabama’s ability to shut down the run is vital to their chances of winning. We saw it in their victory over the Bearcats, but the ability to dominate at the point of attack on the offensive end has been vital for years.

Brian Robinson Jr. dominated the Cincy defense and his ability to move the chains put the game early in the second half. The Alabama offense was conservative, and they still dominated.

There have been some great performances by backs in the CFP era. The current bruising back out of Tuscaloosa was licking his chops throughout their 27-6 victory. His name was etched into the record books against Cincinnati.

  • Ezekiel Elliott – 246 yards rushing
  • Ezekiel Elliott – 230 yards rushing
  • Brian Robinson Jr. – 204 yards rushing
  • Rodney Anderson – 201 yards rushing

Robinson will be looking for another virtuoso performance against Georgia. Keep in mind the Tide have lost a few backups throughout the season and may not be loaded with future NFL talent like they often are.

Najee Harris had a tremendous season last year, but there were some doubts heading into the year if the talent level would take a hit. While Robinson may not have the total yardage or touchdowns for the season like Harris, there has been plenty of production.

The ability of Bryce Young to extend plays with his feet has been impressive as well. Young is the Heisman winner, but he can buy time and allow weapons down the field to get open. That opens even more room in the ground game to feast against the competition.

If Alabama can control the line of scrimmage, they will have a great shot at continuing their dominance over the Dawgs.

Will Anderson Jr. has one of the fiercest players in the country and if he can harass Stetson Bennett into a few errant throws, the Tide will be rolling towards another national title.

Kirby Smart Can’t Get Past Saban

Kirby Smart and every assistant has failed miserably at attempting to knock off Nick Saban. The struggle has been real, and the mismatches have been glaring.

Jimbo Fisher finally cracked the code and became the first-ever assistant to defeat Saban. The Alabama iconic coach is 25-1 against his former assistants and he has owned Kirby Smart (4-0). 

Many believe that Georgia and Smart will continue to lose their swagger due to the mental edge Saban has had thus far.

While it has only been four games, they have been staggering in stretch parts and the results have been ugly.

  • 2021 – Lost SEC Championship (41-24)
  • 2020 – Lost Regular Season (41-24)
  • 2018 – Lost SEC Championship (35-28)
  • 2017 – Lost National Championship (26-23, OT)

The national title comeback by Alabama involved Tua Tagovailoa relieving Jalen Hurts at halftime and that was when we found out about a future Heisman winner in DeVonta Smith.

Nick Saban has owned hundreds of coaches over the years, but many believe Georgia could have a few national titles at the moment if it weren’t for Alabama standing in the way.

Until Smart gets past the Tide, many believe Saban will have the clear edge until we see him lose a few big ones. The two won four national titles together when Smart was the defensive coordinator.

Experts in the Desert

The experts in the desert are the sportsbooks that set the lines and they are the ones that are collecting the cash from the public. The Crimson Tide are 6-1 in the CFP semifinals and have covered in four of their six victories.

Looking at the national title games, Alabama has been laying plenty of points. They are oddly enough 1-4 in the CFP title games against the spread.

However, they are an underdog for the first time in the history of the College Football Playoff. There are some other nuggets to jot down.

  • Alabama Record in CFP – 9-3
  • Record in Semi’s – 6-1 (won six straight)
  • Record in Title Games – 3-2
  • Years in CFP – 7 out of 8
  • ATS – 5-7

Those numbers could cause hesitations, but there are more where that came from. Doubting Nick Saban and going against the Tide is flirting with fire. This is a game that is expected to have the most action on it in the history of college football national title games.

If you are leaning towards Georgia, check out the top 5 reasons why the Bulldogs will come out victorious. The odds are sure to change, but the experts in the desert might be pulling for Georgia to win since early money has come in on the Tide.

Bryce Young is a Rising Superstar

The Heisman winner wasn’t flawless against Cincinnati, but he didn’t need to be perfect. The game was dominated at the line of scrimmage, but we have seen Young play his best under the spotlight.

Throwing for three passing scores in a down game just shows how special of a player the Alabama signal-caller has become.

Young ended up throwing for 181 yards with only one interception, but extended plays with his feet and ended up finding several options in the passing attack.

Losing John Metchie didn’t impact the game against the Bearcat defense. Tight end Cameron Latu and Jaleel Billingsley have been solid role players for the Tide, but Young’s ability to thread the needle has made them relevant.

Ja’Corey Brooks was a freshman stud that stole the show against the elite Cincy secondary, but slot man Slade Bolden ended up hauling in the first score of the game. The bevy of weapons are endless. We could be witnessing another national title for Saban thanks to the best passer the program has had yet.

Jameson Williams is a superstar, but Young is the player that holds the keys to success.

The season numbers going into the national title are astonishing for a sophomore. If he can win the Heisman on top of winning the national title, he would join a prestigious era since the BCS era began (1998).

Those four passers above were flawless in the national title game and they all won it. Leinart and Burrow won in blowout fashion. Winson and Newton were able to sweat it out and find ways to win it all. There have been some Heisman winners that have lost in bowl games over the years.

However, those dudes haven’t played for Nick Saban. Some of them have gone down in the CFP era and Young has a case for being among the best. After demolishing the Dawgs in the SEC title game, Young is ready to rewrite some history.

Nick Saban

Nick Saban is the most accomplished coach we have seen and the ability to handle expectations over the years has been incredible. Looking for his eighth national title could be his most impressive one yet.

The rat poison has been kind to the head coach over the years and this will be a mental edge that Alabama has been looking forward to since their SEC title game matchup.

We have seen a dominant run since the BCS era began in 1998. Only three coaches since the BCS era began have appeared in four or more national title games.

  • Nick Saban – 10 (7-2 record)
  • Dabo Swinney – 4 (2-2)
  • Bob Stoops – 4 (1-3)

Saban is one of the top coaches in the history of sports and has been able to win when everything is on the line. The team preparation, discipline, and execution continue to impress.

This will be the 21st bowl coached by Saban at Alabama. It is the first one in which Alabama will be an underdog. The bulletin board material and rat poison are available for the legendary coach.

Alabama will now be an underdog for the fourth time in the past eight matchups with Georgia. Luckily, Saban has won seven straight and the confidence is as high as ever for Alabama.

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