Georgia Vs Alabama Should Be One For The Ages

Georgia Vs Alabama Should Be One For The Ages


Georgia Vs Alabama Should Be One For The Ages

Following Georgia’s thrilling double overtime victory over No. 2 Oklahoma, Georgia fans, coaches and players quickly tuned into the Sugar Bowl to see if they would be playing Alabama or Clemson next Monday in Atlanta.

No. 4 Alabama would go on to defeat the No. 1 Tigers 24-6, securing the Tide a spot in the College Football Playoff National Championship, its 6th national championship appearance in the past 9 years.

Side note: So much for a down year for the Southeastern Conference, the league was only able to get 2 teams in the national championship!

So here it is. In 1942, Georgia won it all. 38 years later, in 1980, Georgia won it all again. In 2017-18, yet another 38 years have passed, and the Dawgs are one victory away from another national championship.

Now, Georgia and Kirby Smart prepare to take on mighty Alabama. Smart, who coached at Alabama from 2008-15, gets a shot at facing his mentor, Nick Saban, and the school that propelled him into an elite coaching category.

The good news; Smart knows what it takes to beat the Tide. Nearly a decade of coaching under Saban certainly won’t go unused in Smart’s preparation against his former team. The bad news; Saban does not lose against former staff members. He’s 11-0 against former assistants, and none of those victories have been less than 14 points.

Both teams had impressive victories on New Year’s Day. Georgia won in an offensive shootout and Alabama used a suffocating defense. Both coaching staffs will have hours of tape from the bowl games and regular season to review.

Georgia didn’t miss a beat on offense, but its defense surrendered 41 points and 201 rushing yards to the Sooners. Fortunately for Georgia, Smart did what he does best and made noticeable halftime adjustments. The Dawgs’ defense rolled from there, allowing only seven second half points and a field goal in two overtime possessions.

For Alabama, its offense sputtered against a very good Clemson defense. A Tide pick six and another interception which led to a short touchdown pass provided all the offense Alabama needed.

Defensive strength and speed –the pillars of SEC football. Both teams posses each in bushels. If Georgia’s hard-nosed running game shows up in Atlanta against Alabama’s top-rated defense, the game should go down to the final whistle.

If Georgia’s defense   executes as well as it did in the second half of the Rose Bowl. Alabama will have a difficult time in moving the chains. Containing all-American wide receiver Calvin Ridley will be key for the Dawgs.

Georgia looks to avenge the de facto  2012 national championship, when it lost to Alabama 32-28 in the SEC Championship.

This time in Atlanta, the outcome is different – Georgia 20-17.


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