That's up 29 percent from a year ago. Could this year's matchup between Alabama and Georgia lead to an expedited amendment to the College Football Playoff structure?
Having two SEC teams play for the championship in the heart of the South and just 70 miles from Georgia's campus will be a boon for ticket sellers. "We're happy to have the President attend the College Football Playoff championship", Hancock said. The Tigers defeated the Crimson Tide previous year behind his 420 passing yards and four total touchdowns. The Sooners scored upwards of 40 points in six of their last seven contests, including three wins in their last five games over teams ranked in the top 11. He already exceeded his bonus cap of $250,000 by taking UCF to the conference title game, winning that game and defeating Auburn in the Peach Bowl. It didn't, other than to serve as a convienent bullet point for those who believed Alabama should not be in the playoff. Obviously, Alabama does not win them all, but the Tide's problem this year has been more health than anything.More news: Pope Francis invites new mothers to breastfeed in the Sistine Chapel
It is entirely possible that the two best teams in the country could hail from the same conference in any given year. Up until MI choked away a 16-point lead against SC, the Big Ten had been flawless in the bowl season.
For the longest time, my stance has been the College Football Playoff will not expand until one of two things happens. They could be big parts of the game plan as weapons during when coach Kirby Smart decides to get creative. At least this all-SEC affair next Monday night won't be a rematch: Georgia and Alabama did not play in 2017.More news: Arpaio bid for Senate shakes up already tumultuous primary campaign
The Sugar Bowl provided quite the change of pace from the Rose Bowl, which went to overtime for the first time in history and ended with a score of 54-48 in favor of Georgia. Georgia won the Rose Bowl in a style that was out of its comfort zone. Add that to Georgia's extensive travel - not just from California back to Georgia but between Athens and Atlanta constantly in preparation for the game - and the Crimson Tide seem to have every off-the-field edge. With a little help from freshman Jake Fromm and a powerful offensive line, Chubb and Michel will methodically break the defense down and score multiple times to bring the Bulldogs a title.More news: Deepika Padukone 'Padmavati' Film Title Changed has Padmaavat