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Outrageous Predictions for the College Football Playoff National Championship

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Nick Saban

Nick Saban

This is it! The last game of the college football season has arrived, and once again, it involves Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide. 

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The Georgia Bulldogs will be Alabama's opponent in a battle of SEC titans for the national championship. Despite being from the same conference, these two teams have yet to face one another during the 2017 season. That said, there is plenty of familiarity between the two head coaches. That — combined with the talent on the field and everything on the line — sets the table for plenty of outrageousness.

Outrageous* Predictions for the College Football Playoff National Championship

The game will open with an onside kick

This is going to be a chess match between Kirby Smart and Nick Saban. It'll be the sort of game where one extra possession could end up being the deciding factor. Both teams have talented enough defenses as safety nets for each coach to believe an onside kick to open the game is a low-risk, high-reward proposition. Don't be shocked if it happens.

Georgia will hold Alabama's offense to under 250 total yards

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The Crimson Tide barely broke 260 in the Sugar Bowl against Clemson. Georgia's front seven is every bit as physical as and arguably more athletic than Clemson's. This Alabama squad breads its butter on defense, so a low offensive output in terms of yardage may not be the death knell for the Tide's hopes of winning this game. But you better believe they will struggle to move it offensively against the Bulldogs.

Sony Michel and Nick Chubb both eclipse the 100-yard mark on the ground

The dynamic duo combined for 326 rushing yards in the Rose Bowl, and needed just 25 carries to get there. They are what make the Georgia offense go, taking pressure off freshman quarterback Jake Fromm. They are two elite backs with different running styles that Alabama is going to need to constantly adjust to. With the threat of Fromm and an explosive Georgia passing attack looming, Michel (above, right) and Chubb are going to have plenty of lanes to create big plays.

Alabama will score two touchdowns on "trick" plays

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I mentioned Georgia's front seven being a solid group. They might be too good for Alabama to line up against and run straight at. That means the Tide will need to use a little trickery — much like they did last weekend when they threw a touchdown pass to a defensive tackle. Nick Saban has never been above getting creative in big games, and he'll need to do so to give his team a chance in this one.

Saban loses to a former assistant for the first time ever

Much attention has been paid to Nick Saban's 11-0 record against former assistants who face him as head coaches. Kirby Smart is about to break that streak. The bottom line is that Georgia has been the better football team all season. They have more talent and are a more complete football team on both sides of the ball. The Georgia Bulldogs will defeat Alabama in a close game and bring a championship back to Athens for the first time since 1980.

*Remember, "outrageous" can be defined as “wildly exaggerated or improbable,” and “very bold, unusual, and startling.” These are "outrageous" predictions and should be treated as such.

— Written by J.P. Scott, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. His work has appeared on SI.com, FoxSports.com, Yahoo!, SBNation and Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter @TheJPScott.