Keys To Georgia Winning National Championship Game

Keys To Georgia Winning National Championship Game

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Keys To Georgia Winning National Championship Game

Georgia faces Alabama tonight in what should be match up for the ages. Both teams are similarly built around a strong defense and almost unstoppable running games.

Who can stop the run?

If either team can make the other offense one dimensional, that team is going to immediately have an advantage. Neither offense has been faced with very many obvious passing situations all season. Jalen Hurts and Jake Fromm both struggled to come from behind in their respective meetings against Auburn in Jordan-Hare Stadium. Whichever team has to play catch up, or has their running game shut down is going to be out of their comfort zone and more likely to commit a critical turnover.

Both running games are elite and feature a stable of backs with a physical offensive line. Georgia and Alabama both have stout front sevens and were among the nation’s best defenses at stopping the run. Tackling at the second level is going to be extremely important for both teams.

Which Team Can Make a Big Play on Special Teams?

Sometimes the biggest plays on special teams are the plays that don’t happen. A muffed punt or penalty negating a substantial return can lose a team the field position battle or worse. Georgia should constitute a fair catch without any penalties as a win, since Alabama has only given up five yards on four punt returns all season.

Georgia has an advantage in the kicking game, since Rodrigo Blakenship has already dealt with a lot of high pressure kicks in the Rose Bowl. The Bulldogs have to be weary of a momentum changing punt block, since the last time Alabama was in Athens they blocked one and returned it for a touchdown.

Locking Up the Opposing Teams Number One Target

Georgia has to prevent big plays to Calvin Ridley, especially in the play-action passing game. When defenses get sucked in to the run, Nick Saban likes to take deep play-action shots. For Alabama, they have to focus on limiting the outside throws to Javon Wims, Jake Fromm’s number one target. This could be the game for Wims to run a double move, if Alabama doesn’t give proper respect to Georgia’s passing game.

The title game should go down to the line, much like the last time Georgia and Alabama met in the SEC Championship, except this time if the Bulldogs can do these three things, expect for the Dawgs to come out on top.

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