CFP National Championship 2022: The college football universe will once again center around the SEC to end the 2021 season — even if the national championship game is in Indianapolis.
No. 1 Alabama and No. 3 Georgia will face off in the 2022 College Football Playoff national championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium, marking the first CFP rematch of a regular-season game since the playoff was implemented in 2014. It is also the second time the Crimson Tide and Bulldogs will decide the national title following the 2018 championship game, which Alabama won 26-23 in overtime.
Only Alabama and Clemson have met more times in the CFP era, facing off every season from 2015 through 2018. The 2017 matchup was the only meeting that did not take place in the national championship game.
Alabama enters the game as a slight underdog to the Bulldogs, despite handing them their first loss of the season in a shocking 41-24 victory in the SEC championship game. The Crimson Tide had to win that game just to make the College Football Playoff, whereas undefeated Georgia was guaranteed a spot regardless of whether it won or lost.
That win vaulted Nick Saban and Alabama to the top overall seed in the 2021 College Football Playoff, where they took No. 4 Cincinnati’s best shot in the Cotton Bowl semifinal and still won 27-6. Georgia, which fell to No. 3, rebounded for a dominant win over No. 2 Michigan, upending the Wolverines 34-11. Those games, coupled with some injuries on Alabama’s roster most notably 1,000-yard receiver John Metchie III suggest a closer game in the rematch.
The main broadcast of the College Football Playoff national championship between Alabama and Georgia will air nationally on ESPN. Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit will serve as play-by-play announcer and analyst, respectively, while Holly Rowe and Molly McGrath will work the sidelines.