Alabama and Georgia Face Off for Championship Title

Jessica Fosse, Staff Writer

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Edwardsville High School staff and students received a phone call around 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 1, 2018. The phone call announced the cancellation of school for the next day because of harsh weather.

For most students, celebration was for the extra day of winter break. For English teacher Heather Haskins, it meant she could stay up to see the ending of the Alabama versus Clemson game of SEC semifinal.

Alabama beat Clemson 24-6 moving them to the SEC Championship against Georgia who beat Oklahoma 54-48, according to ESPN.

The championship game will take place Jan. 8.

Alabama has competed in 16 SEC Championship games, while Georgia hasn’t been in the finals since the 1980 season, according the The New York Times.

However, the game will be held in Athen, GA 75 miles away from Georgia’s stadium in Atlanta but 200 miles away from Alabama’s stadium in Tuscaloosa. This is the first time the championship will be a home game for one of the teams, according to ESPN.

According to CBS, many Twitter users are not pleased with both teams being in the finals. Joel Klatt, an NFL commentator, tweeted this after the Rose Bowl:

“So the SEC Champ is going to have to play the third place finisher in their own league, after beating the team that beat said team, in order to win the National Championship…got it….#RoseBowl was a classic while this game is painfully one sided #GoodNight”

Both teams are part of the same conference,which is why most people are upset by these two teams facing-off.

Under head coach Nick Saban, Alabama has won four national championship games in the 2009, 2011, 2012, and 2015 seasons. Georgia’s head coach, Kirby Smart, has not lead Georgia to a national victory but won the 2017 Walter Camp Coach of the Year award according to ESPN.

But no matter who is on the coaching staff, it all comes down to the game.

Alabama was seeded as No. 4 and Georgia was seeded as No. 3, so the championship game is speculated as being a close game and one for football fans not to miss.

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Alabama and Georgia Face Off for Championship Title