Former Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin believes Alabama got the matchup it wanted against Georgia in the National Championship Game.
Kiffin, who is now the head coach at Florida Atlantic, said in an interview with Chris Low of ESPN that he believes the matchup against Georgia is more favorable than if the Crimson Tide had to play Oklahoma instead.
“It’s the matchup that Alabama wanted. If you look at who beats Alabama, it’s spread teams with a quarterback that can move around like Baker Mayfield. They probably wouldn’t admit it, but Alabama would prefer this matchup rather than the other way. Whenever Alabama has played the more traditional offenses, that is when Alabama usually shuts them down — the Georgias, the LSUs. So that favors them.
“Georgia doesn’t run the quarterback, but if you watched Georgia in the [Rose Bowl], those backs are really good. Alabama is going to have to stay in the gaps, because it’s not like you’re going to run these guys down. Normally, Alabama is so fast that they don’t give up explosive run plays.”
Kiffin also believes that playing against Bulldogs freshman quarterback Jake Fromm will benefit Alabama as well, even if Fromm has played well for Georgia this season. Alabama has lost seven games since the beginning of the 2013 season and each of those losses have come against teams with spread offenses so Kiffin appears to have a point regarding the Crimson Tide.
Alabama is favored by four points against Georgia on Monday night.