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Gonna be a fun week boys. Two SEC heavyweights, ranked 2nd and 3rd going at it - what else do you want? Let's take a look at the matchups, shall we? I tried to be as non-Gump as possible!
Quarterback - edge: Alabama
But only slightly based on McCarron's experience. Winning a national championship with more big-game experience and the benefit of Bama's OL gives AJ a slight nod here. However, Murray's play will likely be the difference in the game one way or the other, and he's playing very, very well right now. Both are solid players, but AJ's gotten it done when it matters.
Running back - edge: Even
I think Georgia's combo is probably better in terms of overall running ability/athleticism, but I think Bama's are more complete in pass protection, which will be huge in this game. Don't see an edge here unless tipping it Ga's way due to Yeldon fumbling in two crucial moments this year. Still think this is even though.
Wide receivers - edge: Even
Both have young kids with big-time, Sunday afternoon potential (Malcolm Mitchell - UGA, Amari Cooper - Bama), and both have veterans who have made plays in big moments (Tavarres King - UGA, Kevin Norwood - Bama). Injuries have plagued both units.
Offensive line - edge: Bama
To me, this is the clearest edge on either side of the ball, and it could be the decisive one. Although UGA will counter with a good DL, it isn't better than LSU's. Aside from a bad 3rd quarter vs the Tigers, the Tide moved the ball well (166 yards rushing) against the nation's 10th-best rush defense. Barrett Jones should be able to handle Georgia NT John Jenkins, and Chance Warmack may be the best player on the field regardless of position.
Georgia's center, David Andrews, will probably struggle against Bama's NT, Jesse Williams. He's going to need help. True freshman RT John Theus will have to be ready to pick up the different blitz looks Bama throws at him.
Both teams have good TEs who could be effective.
Defensive line - edge: Georgia
Both teams have really tough NTs and rotate a lot of players, and Georgia is probably a tad deeper here. It will be interesting to see if Georgia continues to use Geathers and Jenkins together at the same time to get bigger and tougher up front against a great Bama OL.
Linebackers - edge: Georgia
But not as lopsided as Bacarri Rambo probably thinks. Jarvis Jones and Alec Ogletree are athletic, great players, and obviously the Tide will have to account for where #29 is at all times. He's been a game changer. Bama counters with a rotation of CJ Mosley, Nico Johnson and Trey DePriest inside, depending on formations. Tons of big-game experience there. Which unit will hold up better against the other's OL, though? The Tide will need a great game from OLB Adrian Hubbard.
Secondary - edge: Even
Dee Milliner will be the best corner on the field. Rambo is a head-hunter. Robert Lester is a 3-yr starter for the Tide at safety. Bama's secondary was "exposed," some say, against LSU and aTm. Both QBs had the games of their lives, and Manziel does things Murray can't do. The Tide is not as elite as a unit as they were last year, but much better than they showed in those two games. This matchup - against Georgia's WRs - is going to be even IMO.
Special teams - edge: Bama
Although Bama's coverage units have been shaky at times this year, they tend to come up very big with everything on the line. It will be interesting to see how the Tide does against UGA's punt coverage unit. I've seen Georgia use too many backups and club-footed white boys on the the punt team - that cost them against SC this year and vs LSU last year.
Coaching - edge: Even
My Gump brethren are going to laugh at me here. Yes, I like Saban-Smart vs Richt-Bobo. A lot. But I also think Grantham will have that defense ready against Nussmeier. I don't think this is the big advantage that most Gumps think it will be. I think it's a wash.
Intangibles - edge: Georgia
Although it's apples and oranges to an extent, this Georgia team reminds me of the Bama teams of 08-09. We got there one year, weren't ready, couldn't get it done. Came back the next year hungrier, motivated, got it done. Can Georgia do that? Personally, as a program, I think the Tide is more battle-tested and a tougher team mentally. Just my opinion. And I think Georgia is here largely on athletic talent.
But ... hungry, motivated cats are very, very dangerous, which is why I give Georgia the edge on intangibles. Which Georgia team will be there? The one that looked anything but championship-like vs South Carolina, Tennessee and Kentucky, or the one that has steam-rolled everyone since Florida? My gut tells me the latter.
Overall pick: If the Tide starts fast, executes and avoids turnovers and punches Georgia right in the mouth from the get-go, something South Carolina did ... and not allow the Dawgs to get into any kind of rhythm, then Georgia could be in big trouble, no matter how much momentum Georgia has coming off wins over Southern, Ole Miss, Auburn, etc. But does the Tide have its mojo back? I think so.
I expect it to be like last year, but less lopsided. UGA will come out firing with well-scripted opening possessions and Bama will win methodically like Bama does.
I could have just said that, PTC, and saved all the analysis!
I think Bama wins big.
UGA played an extremely soft schedule this year. They played two good teams and got blown out by one. The other team turned the ball over like 7 times and UGA still barely won.
Complete paper tiger, imo.
Good job. But I think coaching and intangibles are the biggest advantages for bama.
Why? Based on what?
Against the two great defenses Murray faced, here were his numbers:
vs. Florida: 12-24, 150 yards, 3 INTs, 1 TD on a short route that Mitchell broke
vs. South Carolina: 11-39, 109 yards, INT.
That should have screamed BIG advantage for Bama, but I admit that Murray is playing very well right now and that's why I only said slight edge.
This post was edited by 92DT 17 months ago
You just acknowledged we're a good team.
Given the rest of UGa's schedule, yes I did.
Good breakdown. UGA's offensive weapons and defensive playmakers worry me. I know Murray hasn't been good against top level defenses but he is a very talented QB and our LB/DB have made a couple of QB's look better than they have all season. Manziel had two sub-par games against top SEC defenses (Florida, LSU) but then lit Bama up. Murray can't run like Manziel though so we'll see.
I think our biggest advantages are OL, coaching, and the fact that our players have been in these types of games before while UGA's haven't. They played in the SECC last year but the stakes weren't nearly as high. I expect a dogfight that comes down to the wire.
An SEC championship is a pretty high stake. They came in and threw their best punch early but couldn't finish against LSU.
I think aTm was a bad matchup coming off an emotionally draining win at LSU, which is the toughest place to win in this conference when LSU is playing well. Love to play them again, but we'll have to wait to '13 on that one.
Excellent analysis. Alabama's schedule was significantly harder.
Overall record of Georgia's opponents is 71 - 71.
Overall record of Alabama's opponents is 70 - 72.
We beat Florida. The only team to do so, by the way.
They beat LSU.
We lost to Scar.
They lost to A&M.
Turnovers, last I checked, are a part of football and most good teams excel at creating them. We put up more rushing yards on Florida than any team they played. We also held them to their lowest rushing output of the year.
A post like the one you made only serves to highlight your ill informed ignorance. Next time, do some research.
And an Ahia State fan calling Georgia a paper tiger is hilarious. You go, bwoi.............
This post was edited by GeorgiaBoy 17 months ago
You need to worry about Central Florida, Boise State and Michigan State before you worry about the likes of Ohio State.
Alabama faced two teams this season ranked in the top 10, and gave up over 400 yards of total offense in both games and surrendered over 5 yards per play.
Perhaps, I also realize you're a moron.
Let's call it a wash.
Call me when you win a big game.
I won't be waiting by the phone.
One thing is for sure about Ohio St football, they are owned by the SEC.
This post was edited by kiddynamite 17 months ago
Kind of like how Central Florida owns Georgia.
I called you on October 27th....they said your service had been disconnected.
Kinda, but not really.
Oh, that's right.
Wins for UGA against their divisional rival are cause for huge celebrations. Being so rare and all.
Well, at least you guys showed Boise State that the SEC is king.
Again, your ignorance is showing.
I guess wins against Michigan are no big deal for Ahia State.
Like I said, you're a moron that attempts to troll. You're an above average moron but a half ass troll.
Keep practicing, you'll get there one day.
Coattail riding and bringing up previous years seems to be another of your strong suits.
I know, lets talk about that 1993 Citrus Bowl. You remember that....don't you?
MIchigan - Ohio State is an actual rivalry.
UGA - UF is Florida's annual clown stomping of UGA. (save that extremely rare year when UGA falls over itself to victory)
We all saw how UGA would dominate in the B1G with that huge win over Michigan State.
You do know that Georgia leads the series and has won two in a row, right?
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