SEC TV Guide: January 8, 2018 | Bonehead Picks

SEC TV Guide: January 8, 2018

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If you are a true fan of the SEC, whether you will be at home watching the game, working this very night during the game or forced to attend any other matters, you can be rest assured that the conference has the College Football Playoff national championship trophy wrapped up no matter who wins tonight. I guess what the true question will be is who will you root for tonight? Alabama or Georgia? This game will most likely be the most unpredictable game in the SEC’s history.

  • CFP National Championship (Atlanta) Alabama vs Georgia (8 PM ET, ESPN): This is another case for Nick Saban to take on his former pupil in which he has won every single game, including against former Florida head coach Jim McElwain, Gamecocks head coach Will Muschamp and even new Missouri offensive coordinator Derek Dooley. But with this game for all the marbles, this time it may not be so easy as this may be the toughest one yet.
  • Since becoming Georgia head coach, Kirby Smart will face his mentor for the first time since he coached his last game as defensive coordinator when they beat Clemson two years ago. What is the most amazing part of this situation is that he took the remains of Mark Richt’s players and turned most of them into SEC Champions and possible send them home and on their way to the NFL as national champions. It is up to Saban to close the deal and win title number 17.
  • Alabama got their revenge against Clemson in the Sugar Bowl to get back to the big stage with a much better defensive effort, but the Tigers from the ACC were not the same team they had faced the last couple of years. Georgia rebounded from losing to Auburn on the road and getting their revenge against them in the SEC Championship game. They were truly in the fight of their lives in the Rose Bowl fighting off an obnoxious quarterback in Baker Mayfield out of Oklahoma.
  • Alabama’s Jalen Hurts looks to have improved some as a sophomore while he has gotten the ball to Calvin Ridley, making him the third best receiver in the SEC. With some key injuries to the Tide defense, it will be up to sophomore defensive lineman Raekwon Davis to pick up the slack as the team’s sack leader. It will be up to Davis to not only slow down Georgia two-headed monster of Nick Chubb and Soni Michel, but to get to freshman quarterback Jake Fromm.
  • While Jacob Eason went down early, Fromm took the reins like a veteran and helped Chubb and Michel become the rarest two-back tandem become successful. Both are 1,000 yard rushers which is in some cases rare in the SEC. Senior safety Dominick Sanders looks to be the heart and soul of the defense in the backfield with four interceptions on the season and junior linebacker Roquan Smith leading the way in tackles with 124, second best in the SEC.

To put it simply, since both coaches know each other, this will be a chess match for the ages. Even if you can’t watch it, there is always a chance to see the replay once its over. I know even when it is all over, I hope to also.

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