The heated rivalry between Alabama and Georgia in college football
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A college football rivalry between the University of Alabama's Crimson Tide and the University of Georgia's Bulldogs is known as the Alabama-Georgia game. Both of these neighboring state universities joined the Southeastern Conference (SEC) in its inaugural year of 1933 and were perennial rivals until 1965. Although Alabama and Georgia no longer play each other every year, the teams have met in three SEC Championship Games and two College Football Playoff National Championship Games since 2010, bringing the rivalry back into the national spotlight.
History [ edit ]
In 1895, in Columbus, Georgia, the two southern universities had their first meeting. Georgia won 30-6 over Alabama. In 1901, Georgia won again, and for the next several decades, the teams met frequently. 
Between 1944 and 1965, the teams met in every season. During that time, Alabama had two separate five-game winning streaks, and their 21-6 victory over Penn State in Birmingham in 1960 was the first college football game ever televised by the ABC network. 
Alabama's head coach Paul "Bear" Bryant and Georgia's athletic director and ex-coach Wally Butts were accused of fixing the 1962 game, which Alabama won 35-0, in an article published in The Saturday Evening Post in 1963. Butts resigned as athletic director after the story broke, even though both he and Bryant said the allegations were false. Curtis Publishing Co. v. Butts (1967) is the name of the Supreme Court case in which the two sued the magazine's publisher for libel. The Supreme Court sided with Butts, and the publisher was eventually ordered to pay damages totaling more than $3 million. Reportedly due to the lawsuit, the magazine went out of business. 
After the 1965 game, which the Bulldogs won 18-17 on a controversial flea-flicker in the final seconds, the schools decided to stop playing each other annually due to the scandal. From 1971 to 1982, when the Tide or Bulldogs won at least a share of every SEC title, the teams played only four times. 
Times of division (1992-present) [ edit ]
Upon the conference's expansion to twelve teams and subsequent divisionalization in 1992, the West Division included Alabama while the East Division had Georgia. It was decided that each team in the league would have two "permanent" cross-division rivals. Since the two teams were not permanently paired as rivals, games between Alabama and Georgia would only occur at random (twice every eight years) or in the newly established SEC Championship Game. 
There is only one permanent cross-division rival for each team now that the SEC has expanded to 14 teams, with Alabama always playing Tennessee and Georgia always playing Auburn. Only twice every 12 years will the Crimson Tide and Bulldogs meet in the regular season . 
With three SEC Championship Game victories and two College Football Playoff National Championship appearances each, Alabama has a 7-4 record against Georgia since 1992.  Many of the recent Alabama-Georgia matchups have been between highly ranked teams, with the regular-season matchups in 2007 and 2008 hosting College Gameday Sixteenth-ranked Georgia won a 26-23 overtime thriller against twenty-third-ranked Alabama in 2007. In 2008, at Athens, #8 Alabama shocked #3 Georgia by scoring 41-30.
The 2012 SEC Championship Game was played at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia on December 1, 2012, and the winner was expected to advance to the national championship game. As a result of a failed two-point conversion on Georgia's final play, #2 Alabama won the game 32-28 over #3 Georgia. 
Saban vs. Smart, a heated rivalry that has gained national attention in recent years. [ edit ]
Upon the conclusion of the 2015 season, Georgia hired Kirby Smart, a veteran assistant coach at Alabama and a former Bulldogs player, to take over as head coach. Since then, Smart has taken Georgia to four postseason games, all of which have been against the Tide and their current head coach, Nick Saban. 
Saban and Smart faced each other for the first time after the 2017 campaign. To win its 17th national title, Alabama overcame a 13-point deficit to defeat Georgia 26-23 in overtime in the 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. To my knowledge, Alabama's victory was the first time in college football history that a team won the national championship game despite never holding the lead. 
The following year, in 2018, they met again in Atlanta for the SEC Championship. Even though #4 Georgia had a 28-14 lead with 3:00 left in the third quarter, #1 Alabama came back to win, 35-28. 
Next, the teams squared off in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, during the 2020 regular season. Both teams were in the top three, and the contest was being broadcast on ESPN's College GameDay, making it a must-see event. This was the first Tuscaloosa gathering since 2007. Georgia held a narrow 24-20 lead at halftime of a tightly contested game. Alabama scored 21 unanswered points in the second half and defeated Georgia 41-24. 
The two teams met again in Atlanta on December 4, 2021, for the Southeastern Conference Championship Game. At the time, Georgia was undefeated and ranked first in the country, while Alabama was third with one loss and ranked second. The final score was 41-24, with Alabama once again coming out on top. Nonetheless, both teams won their respective national semifinal games to advance to the College Football Playoff National Championship Game on January 10, 2022. In the long history of these teams' rivalry, this was the shortest time between their meetings. The Bulldogs' 33-18 victory over Georgia in the title game was their first since 1980. In addition, this victory ended a seven-game losing streak for Georgia against Alabama dating back to September 27, 2007. With their victory, Georgia also made history as the first football team to win the AP National Championship after losing their conference championship game in the same season since conference championship games were first played in 1992. While Alabama had won the AP National Championship twice before (in 2011 and 2017), they did not make it to the SEC Championship Game either year because of losses to LSU (the SEC West champion) and Auburn (the SEC West co-champion).
Scores in games [ edit ]
See also [ edit ]
- This is a list of NCAA college football rivalry games.
References [ edit ]
- ^ a b "Winsipedia: The Record of the Football Series Between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Georgia Bulldogs" Winsipedia
- ^ Even within the Southeastern Conference, games between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Georgia Bulldogs are relatively rare. Thursday, January 4th, 2018
- ^ A.I. Sports Editor Collin Huguley The new premier rivalry in college football is Georgia vs. Alabama, according to a column titled "Column: Buckle up." redandblack com At issue in this developing rivalry is the outcome of Monday night's game.
- ^ History of the Southeastern Conference
- ^ "A quick look back at SEC football" Tennessee's Official Newspaper
- ^ Gridiron Rivalry Between Alabama and Georgia" thesportshistorian com Saturday, January 6, 2018
- ^ Brown, Matt. (2018-01-05). "A look back at the championship game's storied past."
- ^ These are, in order, the seven most important artifacts from the history of Alabama and Georgia. The 8th of January, 2018
- ^ Allen Barra (2011-11-03) "The Crimson Tide's Epic Rise to Power" Oceanic Seaway of the Atlantic
- ^ a b c We should have a game between Alabama and Georgia every year. timesfreepress com Dated: January 3rd, 2018 Retrieved May 27, 2020
- ^ Alabama's morale was broken in 1965 by Georgia's "The Flea Flicker." Time: 3 December, 2021
- ^ Author: HARWELL, HOYT (November 29th, 1990) According to the Los Angeles Times: "Southeastern Conference Will Split Into 2 Divisions, Presidents Decide."
- ^ The Southeastern Conference continues rivalries and requires 'power' opponents. April 28, 2014
- ^ Attend every interdivisional football game in the Southeastern Conference from now until 2025. May 20, 2014
- ^ To wit: Gabriel Burns Looking back at Georgia and Alabama's recent past. The Atlanta Constitution-Tribune
- ^ Alabama wins SEC championship in thrilling matchup against Georgia. USA Today
- ^ ESPN's recap of the Alabama and Georgia game from December 1, 2012. ESPN com
- ^ To find out if Smart can beat Saban, read this column again in a few years. AP NEWS It's the 5th of January, 2018 Retrieved May 27, 2020
- ^ a b ESPN's recap of the Alabama and Georgia game from December 1, 2018. ESPN com Retrieved May 27, 2020
- ^ "Alabama beats Georgia in overtime and takes home another national championship."
- ^ Title: "Alabama vs. Georgia - Game Recap - January 8, 2018 - ESPN" ESPN com
- ^ Title: "Alabama vs. Georgia score, results from Tide's comeback win in SEC championship game" www sportingnews com Retrieved May 27, 2020
- ^ (Doughty, Andrew) New York Times (January 3, 2018) Article Title: "Alabama vs. Georgia: All-Time Series, Notable Games, and Numbers"
- ^ "Overall Scoring" ESPN ESPN
- ^ With a strong second half, Alabama cruised to a 41-24 victory over Georgia in a pivotal Southeastern Conference contest. NCAA NCAA
- ^ Alabama's football team defeated No. 1 Georgia to claim the SEC title. NCAA NCAA
- ^ The 2011 Crimson Tide football squad.
- ^ The 2017 Crimson Tide Football Team from Alabama.
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