College Football TV Schedule: What Time, TV Channel is the SEC Championship 2018 Saturday? Prediction, Odds, Preview

Tua Tagovailoa
Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide is recovering from a high ankle sprain and is "80 to 85 percent" but he's expected to start and play against Oklahoma in Saturday's College Football Playoff Semifinal game. Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

The scene is very familiar.

The Alabama Crimson Tide (12-0) and Georgia Bulldogs (11-1) will meet in a neutral site matchup on Saturday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia, the same setting of their 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship Game last January.

This time, however, the teams are battling for a chance to make it to the playoff, as well as conference supremeacy in the 2018 SEC Championship Game.

This is the matchup most expected to see all season. Georgia dominated its way through the SEC East and has bounced back from its only loss of the season, a midseason upset at LSU. Head coach Kirby Smart, who previously spent several years as Alabama's defensive coordinator, has successfully built a team similar to his former boss Nick Saban's.

The Bulldogs have a stable of talented running backs, power in the trenches, speed at the skill positions, a stingy defense and a talented quarterback capable of managing the game.

Georgia finished the regular season ranked 13th nationally in scoring offense (40.1 points per game) and 10th in scoring defense (17.2), while also ranking second in scoring offense and fourth in scoring defense among SEC teams.

The only problem is, Alabama is even better. Not just compared to the Bulldogs, but all of college football.

Alabama is, as usual, loaded with talent at each position group. Running backs Damien and Najee Harris each averaged more than 6.1 yards per carry. The Tide ranks second among SEC teams in both scoring (13.8 points allowed per game) and total defense (282.2 yards allowed per game).

Alabama leads the SEC in sacks (40.0) and ranks second in tackles for loss (92.0). The Tide offensive line has allowed the least amount of sacks (11.0) of any team in the confernece.

But uncharacteristically, Alabama's biggest strength is at the quarterback position. Georgia fans should be familiar with Tua Tagovailoa, the hero of the College Football Playoff National Championship Game.

Tagovailoa replaced former starter Jalen Hurts in the third quarter while facing a 13-0 deficit and led the Tide to a 26-23 victory, throwing for three touchdowns, including a 41-yard game-winner to DeVonta Smith in overtime.

Since then, Tagovailoa has been the best player in college football, leading Alabama to a perfect record while throwing for 3,189 yards, 36 touchdowns and two interceptions on 189 of 269 passing (70.3 completion percentage). The Tide has yet to be tested this season, dominating opponents by a margin of 49.0-13.8 points per game.

Many expect that to be the case on Saturday, but a game Georgia team should be prepared.

Here's the info you need to know for tonight's game.

Start time: 4:00 p.m. ET

TV channel: CBS

Live stream: fuboTV (free trial available) and CBS Sports App

Odds: Alabama -14.0, 64.0 via Bovada


Alabama is going to dominate this game. Sure, it could be close for a quarter or two, but the Tide is just so much better than every other team in college football this season. Saban has never had a quarterback as talented as Tagovailoa. It wasn't fair for Alabama to be as good as it was during any season of the past decade, but this team is a completely different level. The Crimson Tide will win in blowout fashion and knock Georgia out of the College Football Playoff picture.