The Georgia Bulldogs and Alabama Crimson Tide will go head-to-head tonight, Jan. 8, in the College Football Playoff national championship game, and there will be a ton of country artists rooting for both teams. One of the most diehard Alabama fans in country music is Little Big Town’s Jimi Westbrook. He never misses watching a game, and he’s always going to bat for the team against Georgia fans like his good pal Luke Bryan.
In an interview with Alabama’s “Montgomery Advertiser,” Jimi says, “I was with Luke last week and we were both pretty low key about the game. I think Luke is like me. I don’t want to jinx anything so I don’t do a lot of trash talking. There’s always game day though, so that could change.”
Jimi’s wife and LBT bandmate, Karen Fairchild, grew up just outside Atlanta, but she has come around to rooting for Bama since the couple tied the knot.
Jimi says, “Karen has been converted, so she pulls for Alabama. Her grandparents were from Sand Mountain [in Alabama], and we’re big Alabama fans.”
LBT’s Kimberly Schlapman also hails from Georgia, but she roots for another SEC team altogether.
“Kimberly definitely can talk some trash,” Jimi admits. “She’s actually a Tennessee fan though, so she hasn’t said much in the past few years.”
Looking forward to Monday night’s game, Jimi thinks both teams are in for a true fight for the title.
He adds, “I think this is going to be a great game. I honestly think both teams are capable of beating the other. I feel like Georgia looked like a more complete team in the playoff games.”
Jimi continues, “This game will probably come down to who makes the fewest mistakes. If Alabama’s offense makes some plays and plays a solid game, I like our chances.”
This year, Jimi will be watching the big game on TV, unlike last year when Little Big Town sang the national anthem just before Alabama played Clemson in the national championship in Miami. Alabama was defeated, which was tough for Jimi.
He says, “Thanks for bringing out the fact that we sang before we lost. Yes, I’m superstitious so I won’t be there tonight. I’m just kidding about the superstition. I’m really not going, but it has nothing to do with that.”
We know Georgia Bulldogs fans Thomas Rhett, Tyler Farr and Kane Brown will be watching the national championship game tonight, too.
Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley will actually be in the stands for the big game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
He says, “My heart will go on if @georgiafootball wins!!!!! Here we go boys #ncaafootball #godawgs #ugafootball #sicem.” It looks like Jason Aldean will be tagging along with Charles and their respective wives for the event.
Meanwhile, Jason is letting his newborn son, Memphis, choose his eventual favorite team.