Tomorrow is everything, especially for Georgia Bulldog hopefuls.
Reaching the SEC Championship in their second consecutive season, the Bulldogs will take on Alabama in a game in which both teams control their BCS Championship berth with a win. After last year’s bitter loss to LSU in the Georgia Dome, Georgia still thinks about what could have been, but is focusing on what could be this year with a redemption. The only thing in their way is a very focused and stout Alabama team.
This weekend will be the sixth time that these two teams have met while under the leadership of Mark Richt and Nick Saban. If keeping score, Alabama holds a slight edge with a 3-2 record. Both teams hold an 11-1 record in the regular season, but it is the Crimson Tide that walks in as a 7-point favorite.
Coming in to Saturday’s match, there are several similarities that make up both teams. Facing off tomorrow are two of college football’s top quarterbacks in Georgia’s Aaron Murray and Alabama’s AJ McCarron. However, one plus in favor of McCarron, is that he has the top offensive line in the country in his front. Alabama’s offensive line has a combined 155 starts on their side, with three, very physical, All-Americans.
Offensively, both sides are pretty even on their ground game. Georgia’s Keith Marshall and Todd Gurley have both run for a combined 1,858 yards this season. For Alabama, Eddie Lacy and freshman TJ Yeldon are only 10 less, with a combined 1,848 yards on the year. Both teams are also almost equal in their average points per game. With the balance that each bench has offensively, Georgia averages 38-points per game and Alabama sits at 39.
To get past that tough Crimson Tide line, Georgia’s defense is going to have to play at the same caliber that fans saw against Florida. Although Georgia statistically started the year off slow, they have definitely picked up momentum in the second half of the season, led by Jarvis Jones, Christian Robinson, Alec Ogletree and Bacarri Rambo. Jones sits third in the SEC with most sacks at 10.5, despite missing two games because of injuries.
For Georgia to come out with a win, they are going to have to find and capitalize on the same weaknesses that Alabama had against Texas A&M. If Georgia comes out with a quick, high-tempo offense and puts points up on the board early, they have a very good shot at taking home a SEC Championship title. Another plus for Georgia is that if Murray is having one of his on-target days, he is almost unstoppable. However, Georgia knows that in a game this important and intense, Saban will have his team ready on both sides of the ball and attacking with pressure often and early.
Saturday’s game is set for 4 p.m. from the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.
About the Author
Written by Ashley Gulick
Sports Journalism is my passion! I keep up with the latest news on pro/college football, NASCAR and baseball....and just about everthing else. I grew up in Talladega, Ala., but moved to Georgia when I was 15. From a young age, I always knew that I wanted to be involved with sports somehow. Once I got into college and completed my degree in Communications, I knew that I had a passion for sports journalism. I have covered sports for the Kennesaw Sentinel (KSU's student paper), Marietta Daily Journal and Douglas County Sentinel.