ATLANTA — Just like the crack of morning time — or the sunset, depending in your point of view — Alabama football is inevitable.

The Georgia Bulldogs weren’t excellent struggling with Alabama on Saturday evening within the SEC championship. The Bulldogs had been struggling with the ghosts of previous failures against the Crimson Tide too. And after suffering a thorough 41-24 whupping at Alabama’s hands, the Bulldogs are now facing a full cemetery’s rate of ghosts.

Georgia will fetch an invite to the Faculty Soccer Playoff; or no longer it’s been the nation’s simplest team all season, and nothing short of disbanding would comprise saved the Bulldogs out. But now, so too does Alabama, the team that’s overwhelmed Georgia seven straight occasions, the team that’s overwhelmed the Bulldogs’ hopes in national championships and SEC championships alike.

This three hundred and sixty five days used to be alleged to be assorted. This used to be alleged to be the three hundred and sixty five days that the pupil turned the master, that Kirby Excellent, the Reduce Saban disciple, eventually took it to the outmoded man. Everything had lined up Georgia’s manner, from a roster stacked deep with five-star recruits to a defense that spent the total season smothering hopes all across the South. This used to be alleged to be the three hundred and sixty five days that Georgia broke its 40-three hundred and sixty five days championship drought.  

And that could accrued occur. Georgia could accrued vanquish Alabama on an even bigger stage. But Alabama robbed Georgia of a considerable weapon: Its air of secrecy of invincibility and inevitability. Excellent could comprise a month to dream up schemes to change it.

Alabama QB Bryce Young runs with the ball in the second quarter of the Crimson Tide's SEC title game win over Georgia on Dec. 4. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Alabama QB Bryce Young runs with the ball within the second quarter of the Crimson Tide’s SEC title game snatch over Georgia on Dec. 4. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Photography)

Regarded as one of potentially the most needed pivot capabilities occurred 45 minutes ahead of kickoff, when Oklahoma Yell fell a fingernail short against Baylor within the Enormous XII championship. That opened up the life like chance that Alabama could manufacture the playoffs with a narrow loss to the nation’s No. 1 team.

But Alabama infrequently ever traffics in losses, narrow or otherwise. Even although the Crimson Tide had been underdogs for the first time in 93 games, no matter the truth that almost the total college football establishment used to be backing Georgia, no matter the truth that Alabama followers comprised simplest about one-tenth of the crowd at Mercedes-Benz Stadium … the Tide rolled.

The game started worship a heavyweight fight, with each and every teams testing every other for weak point. Georgia struck first with a 11-play, 52-yard pressure that swallowed almost about half of of the first quarter. Alabama relied on a transient-strike offense, nonetheless struggled to transfer the ball within the first.

After an Alabama punt pinned Georgia at its dangle 3 late within the first quarter, Stetson Bennett guided the Bulldogs out from below the shadow of their dangle goalposts and into a masterful 97-yard touchdown pressure. That assign Georgia up 10-0, successfully determined of the game’s 6.5-point spread. Against any assorted team the Dawgs performed in 2021, a grinding, dimension-of-the-self-discipline pressure would had been a backbreaker. But it without a doubt excellent woke Alabama up.

Georgia possesses an all-world defense, one which allowed opponents an moderate of decrease than a touchdown all season. But it without a doubt never faced the relaxation moderately worship the passing attack of Alabama. Between the velocity of Jameson Williams and the hands of John Metchie — mixed with the precision of Bryce Young — Alabama scored twice in decrease than five minutes of elapsed game clock. One other long pressure and a self-discipline diagram later, and all straight away Georgia used to be down 17-10.

Bennett, the stroll-on-turned-star, remained accrued at the same time as his defense used to be fracturing. He learned Ladd McConkey for a shiny damage up-the-secondary 32-yard touchdown cross to tie up the rating … nonetheless two minutes remained within the half of, and that used to be bigger than sufficient time for Young to cement his Heisman credentials. He drove Alabama 75 yards in 100 seconds, recovered a fumble within the face of three Georgia defenders and ran the remaining 11 yards into the tip zone himself.

Bryce Young (9) of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts after scoring a touchdown with teammate Evan Neal (73) in the second quarter of the SEC championship. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Bryce Young (9) of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts after scoring a touchdown with teammate Evan Neal (73) within the second quarter of the SEC championship. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Photography)

That assign the exclamation on a fundamental half of unlike any Georgia had persisted all season. Sooner than Saturday evening, potentially the most capabilities Georgia had allowed in any game used to be 17; potentially the most yards, 387 against Tennessee. Alabama dropped 24 capabilities and 365 yards on the Bulldogs in a single half of. In that first half of, Young threw for 2 touchdowns and 286 yards — breaking the total single-game SEC championship record articulate by Cam Newton — and rushed for 40 yards and that remaining rating ahead of the damage. And the Tide got the kick to delivery the second half of.

Alabama started the second half of with grim news: Metchie, who had torched the Georgia defense for 97 yards and a touchdown, would no longer return as a result of a knee rupture suffered within the center of Young’s fumble. But Young merely learned Williams streaking out previous the a ways reaches of Georgia’s defense and dropped what continuously is the prettiest cross of his career into Williams’ hands. That assign Alabama up 31-17 and Georgia, which had never trailed within the second half of of any game this season, in a deep gap.

The lone highlight for Georgia within the second half of — and it used to be a colossal one — used to be the play of freshman tight finish Brock Bowers, who scored two touchdowns, one on the bottom, one thru the air. Bowers used to be the one participant for whom Alabama had no solution, and the Bulldog offense will possible bustle thru him for thus long as he’s in Athens.

This season could accrued completely finish in a national championship for Georgia. But the Bulldogs now comprise four long weeks to mediate of the Tide, who don’t appear to be going away excellent yet. 

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Jay Busbee is a author for Yahoo Sports. Word him on Twitter at @jaybusbee or contact him at jay.busbee@yahoo.com.

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