Georgia is as close as you can beat Alabama in recent years. On Saturday, the Bulldogs get another chance.
Three of the last four meetings have become classic. In 2012, Georgia reached ‘Bama 5 while running out of time in the SEC Championship Game. In January 2018, Alabama rallied to stare Georgia in the OT to win the national title. In December 2018, Tide returned to scare Georgia in the SEC Championship Game.
Perhaps the Bulldogs think that 2020 could end differently. QB Stetson Bennett took over during the opener against Arkansas and went through. The UGA won big against ranked Auburn and Tennessee in consecutive weeks, with Bennett up to 689 passing yards and five touchdowns unopposed. In defense, the stingy unit allows only 12.3 points per game – and only 38.3 yards per game on the ground.
Alabama’s offense would be a great test. QB Mac Jones passed 1,101 yards in just three games, while RB Najee Harris had already scored 10 touchdowns.
But there are major concerns about defense. For a long time, Alabama’s defensive dominance helped bully the rest of the SEC and others. During this time, Tide gave up 30 points per game – and Ole Miss reached 647 yards just last week.
But if the game is going to be a tournament you can stop, can Georgia keep up? The Bulldogs ’quick attack was inconsistent, which is something not to worry about Alabama’s offense.
Throw coach Nick Saban the COVID test positive, and this is an unusual season in Tuscaloosa, even though Alabama continues to win. And even if Georgia finally defeats Alabama, there is a chance it could do it again in December for the SEC crown.