For the fifth year in a row, SB Nation presents NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP BINGO, the title game entertainment amplification device of sophisticates. It’ll soon be poorly duplicated elsewhere, but you’ve already seen the best one, so you’re ready to rumble.
As always, the rules:
- Anything said or displayed during the main ESPN broadcast (not the many MEGACAST options) counts.
- The game begins at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN and ends at the final whistle.
- Call out sightings to @SBNation and @SBNationCFB. We’ll be keeping track with official rulings, but ...
- ... this is college football. As UCF shows, everyone is free to ignore official rulings.
- Yep, we all use the same board. This is a family.
And here’s everything else you need to know otherwise:
- Bama’s slightly favored, both according to advanced stats and the media. (EA Sports’ NCAA Football Mascot Mode disagrees, as do I.)
- The season’s biggest on-field question: can Georgia run on Alabama? (And how about the flip side?)
- In case you somehow haven’t seen Georgia on a stage like this yet, it’s ... basically Alabama.
- Bama’s banged-up and lost two more starters in the Sugar Bowl.
- Our Alabama blog interviews our Georgia blog on how the Dawgs can win.
- Tennessee head coach Jeremy Pruitt is still Alabama’s defensive coordinator. Yeah, that’s an annual Tide tradition.
- Yes, it’s an all-SEC title game again. Here’s how to enjoy yourself regardless!
- If Georgia wins, UCF’s case is one of thousands of fun college football footnotes. If Bama wins, the argument picks up steam.
- (That said, here are 16 reasons UCF’s claim is wonderful.)
- Speaking of, I’ve attempted to create the closest thing to a consensus list of all-time national titles. One title per year.
- If you think this lil game is controversial, just wait ‘til you hear about that time a Bama-UGA accusation against Bear Bryant led to a Supreme Court case.
- Some more of that: using series history to list seven things a truly classic Bama-UGA game needs.
- A good explanation of the Georgia fan’s mindset heading in.
- Say hello to Atlanta, college football’s capital, in case that wasn’t clear yet.
- Kendrick Lamar, the world’s greatest active rapper, is your halftime performer, though he won’t be in the same building as President Donald Trump. THAT would be something.
- Yeah, Nick Saban’s 11-0 against his former assistants so far, but here’s something more interesting: let’s compare these head coaches’ careers as players.
- We went to media day and just asked players about Chick-fil-A, Popeyes, and Zaxby’s. Nothing regretted.