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Alabama Is Getting All It Can Handle From The Citadel In The First Half

Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts to a play during the second half against the Georgia Bulldogs.

ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 08: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts to a play during the second half against the Georgia Bulldogs in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Update: The score is now tied at 10-10 as the teams head to the locker room. That's right, Alabama is tied with The Citadel at halftime.

Earlier: Alabama, the clear national title favorite, was favored by over 50 points heading into its contest against The Citadel on Saturday. Those who bet on the Tide to cover are scratching their heads right now. With just a few minutes left in the first half, Alabama holds just a 10-7 lead on the Bulldogs. The Crimson Tide have been having a tough time stopping the triple option. The Citadel hasn't even attempted a pass - they've gained 120 yards on 24 carries thus far. Alabama's lone touchdown came on a 21-yard pass from Tua Tagovailoa to Jaylen Waddle. The Citadel countered on a 45-yard run from Dante Smith. Nick Saban's halftime interview could be interesting - assuming he gives one.

Alabama is winning the yardage battle so far - 209-149, but it isn't nearly as drastic as you'd think it would be.

Alabama could likely survive a loss to Auburn or Georgia and still make the College Football Playoff. But The Citadel? Not so much.

The second half is going to be interesting, to say the least.