So we find ourselves here yet once again. In a rematch of last years National Championship game the Georgia Bulldogs and Alabama Crimson Tide will meet up Saturday at Mercedes Benz Stadium this time to determine the SEC Championship. Georgia comes into the game 11-1 fresh off a victory over rival Georgia Tech 45-21 while the Crimson Tide comes in at a perfect 12-0 also coming off a victory over a rival, easily defeating Auburn 52-21.
Georgia will need to play a near perfect ballgame if they are going to be able to beat Alabama. DeAndre Swift and Elijah Holyfield will have to provide the 1-2 punch at the running back position that allowed Georgia to even get to the championship game. With Alabama’s stout defense it will be tough for Georgia’s offensive line to open the holes for these two to run so Georgia may need to double up at times to free up open space. Jake Fromm will most likely be under pressure this game so I would expect Isaac Nauta to see plenty of opportunites to make a big impact in this game.
On the defensive side of things Georgia will have to establish the pass rush early. This time around they have had a full year to scout Tua Tagovailoa and know what to expect. If Tua is given time to move around the pocket and utilize both his legs and arms then the Bulldogs will be in trouble. If rushed constantly Tua has been known to throw recklessly and in coverage so the Bulldogs would have plenty of chances to get critical turnovers.
One huge advantage that Georgia holds over Alabama and one that could prove to be critical in this matchup is the leg of kicker Rodrigo Blankenship. Rodrigo is considered to be one of the best kickers in college football while Alabama has had one of the worst years for special teams kicking. In an expected close matchup this could prove to be the turning point of this game.
With all these things factored in I just don’t think Georgia can overcome Tua and his incredible skills and I have it Alabama 21 Georgia 10.
Bob Lancaster @bowlinbob