For those at home watching the College Football Playoff National Championship, if you’re bored, you’re not alone. It’s been a slow first half with no touchdowns. The lack of crossing the end zone by either team hasn’t made for the most exciting matchup so far. In fact, even Georgia’s famous bulldog mascot, Uga, decided to take a nap instead of watching the action, or lack thereof.
In what’s been billed as a much-hyped SEC showdown for the college playoff title, things haven’t exactly taken off early. The No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide and No. 3 Georgia Bulldogs both came into the game riding high in the College Football Playoffs. Both teams took care of business on New Year’s Eve to earn their spot in the national championship.
Bama overcame a slow start to take down No. 4 Cincinnati 27-6 in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic. Then, Georgia dominated the No. 2 Michigan Wolverines 34-11 in the Capital One Orange Bowl. The two victories set up what would be a rematch of the SEC Championship Game.
On Dec. 4, then-No. 1 UGA rolled into Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta with an undefeated regular-season record. However, one-loss Alabama who was ranked No. 3 at the time came to play, per usual. Prior to their matchup, no team had scored more than 17 points against the Bulldogs. But Bama dropped 24 points in the second quarter alone on the way to an easy 41-24 win.
Tonight’s College Football Playoff National Championship has been promoted as a rematch for the ages. In its defense, it still could be. But as for the first half, we got a 9-6 score in Bama’s favor with nothing but field goals on the scoreboard. So you can’t blame Uga for napping on the job.
National Championship Game Off To a Slow Start
As this article is written, there’s currently three minutes left in the third quarter, and the score hasn’t changed. Fans that paid thousands to witness the huge SEC rivalry in the national championship are probably feeling a bit underwhelmed. Yet all will be forgiven, at least for the one school that comes out with the W.
As of halftime though, it’s been a struggle for either team to get going. For two of the top offenses in the country, it’s surprising to see them combine for a paltry 36 rushing yards in the first half. Most fans and analysts will point to the defenses, and say they should be applauded for their performance. That’s fair, especially since each defense is stacked with future NFL pros.
However, 36 combined rushing yards is still… well… 36 combined rushing yards. That said, there has been some huge passing plays in the first half. Bama quarterback Bryce Young connected with Cameron Latu for a 61-yard pass play in the second quarter. It got them within Georgia’s 10-yard line, but the Crimson Tide failed to capitalize, and settled for a field goal.
Additionally, Georgia converted on a fake handoff that turned into a deep pass. UGA quarterback Stetson Bennett threw a 52-yard bomb to George Pickens who dove for the spectacular completion at the end of the first quarter.
We had some highlight-reel plays to get us through an otherwise slow first half. Hopefully, we’ll get some more fireworks late in the second half of the national championship.