No. 3 Alabama came alive with its season on the line Saturday as the Crimson Tide trounced No. 1 Georgia 41-24 in the 2021 SEC Championship Game. The victory gives Alabama its seventh SEC title in the last 10 years and hands Georgia its first loss of the season. It also elevates both teams into the College Football Playoff, according to CBS Sports bowls expert Jerry Palm.
Alabama may have had a case for inclusion in the playoff even with a loss, but the Crimson Tide (12-1) erased all doubt of their merit by handling a Bulldogs team (12-1) that was dominant all season. The CFP Selection Committee will announce the four-team field on Sunday afternoon.