Raise your hand if you would like to see Alabama and Georgia play every season.
I've got my hand raise high on that one. Very high.
The two teams played yearly from 1944-65 but only intermittently since then, and that's a shame because it seems that when the Crimson Tide and Bulldogs meet, it's often a great game.
Alabama's 26-23 overtime win in Monday's national championship game is simply the latest example.
In 2012, the two teams met in the SEC title game, and Alabama won 32-28 with a late touchdown pass from AJ McCarron to Amari Cooper.
In 2007, Georgia won 26-23 in overtime. Georgia's Matthew Stafford hit Mikey Henderson with a 25-yard touchdown pass on the last play to win it.
In 2002, Georgia beat Alabama 27-25 when Billy Bennett kicked a field goal in the last minute. In 1994, Alabama’s Michael Proctor did the same to beat Georgia 29-28. In 1990, Georgia’s John Kasay kicked a field with 1:31 left to beat Alabama 17-16.
Want more? In 1973, Alabama trailed 14-13 before scoring two late touchdowns to win it 28-14. In 1965, Georgia scored a disputed fourth-quarter touchdown to beat Alabama 18-17.
And those are just the games that were decided late.
Look, I get why Alabama and Georgia don't play regularly. The SEC has a 6-1-1 scheduling format. Each team plays six division opponents, one full-time opponent from the other division, and one rotating opponent from the other division. Alabama and Tennessee have a rivalry that dates back to before Bear Bryant even played for the Tide, and it's unfair to expect those schools to stop playing every year.
But from now through the 2025 season, Alabama and Georgia are slated to play only once -- in 2020 in Tuscaloosa.
Wouldn't it be nice if the SEC went to a nine-game schedule, which would allow for a 6-2-1 format? That would allow Alabama and Georgia to play every year.
Each game would have two winners -- the team ahead on the scoreboard, and college football for having those two programs play regularly.