It’s Championship Weekend in college football, and the SEC has a particularly intriguing matchup between 6. Georgia and 2. Auburn. I’m not going to get into the numbers and who has the edge in this one – there are plenty of locations to find the numbers that separate each team. Instead, I’m going to approach this from the sentimental perspective and pose the question of who fans should be cheering for when this game starts Saturday at 4.
There are plenty of good reasons to root for Georgia. There’s Nick Chubb, who has come back from a gruesome leg injury and returned to form as one of the top running backs in the country. There’s the fact that it would be a rare opportunity for an SEC East team to actually win the conference title given the dominant nature of Alabama within the conference. Also, it’s a chance for Head Coach Kirby Smart to establish his own legacy away from Alabama and put himself on the radar as one of the top coaches in the nation.
On the other side, Auburn has a lot of reasons to obtain your emotional support too. With a win, they’d be the first two-loss team to make the College Football Playoff since its conception. You’ve also got the Jarrett Stidham story and his transfer from Baylor, and the way he’s reformed himself and taken his game to the next level. Oh, and then there’s the fact that they dethroned Alabama and made it so that the machine known as the Crimson Tide might miss the Playoff?
So, should you root for comeback-kid Nick Chubb and the Georgia Bulldogs? Or should you hope a two-loss team finally makes the Playoff and cheer on the Auburn Tigers?
Well, this is one of those questions that really has no right answer. Personally, I’m getting behind Auburn in this one because of the mayhem they’ve caused with upsets of both Alabama and Georgia, in addition to the fact that they’ve looked like the best team in the country for the past few weeks. I want the four best teams to make the Playoff this year, and I think Auburn is clearly one of those teams.
Regardless of whether or not you agree with me, this game should be a lot closer than the last one, especially with it basically being a home game for Georgia (it’s in the Atlanta Falcons’ new stadium). I’m looking forward to seeing how these teams fare in the rematch and hoping for an exciting, well-played football game. It all starts 4 p.m. EST Saturday. Enjoy that and the rest of the championship games.
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