When the No.13 Alabama Crimson Tide take on the No.8 Georgia Bulldogs, Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide have their program legacy on the line. First of all, the Crimson Tide has lost two games in each of the last two seasons, but their second loss has come in the Sugar Bowl. If they fall, to the Bulldogs the Crimson Tide will drop to (3-2) and their conference title hopes will be in serious jeopardy. More importantly, Georgia’s offense fits what Alabama’s defense does well, so there won’t be any excuses about the spread attack.
No.13 Alabama Crimson Tide vs. No.8 Georgia Bulldogs
Both teams came into the season with plenty of quarterback questions, but it seems like Alabama still has concerns about their signal callers. Meanwhile, Greyson Lambert has been exceptional for the Bulldogs offense at quarterback. Lambert is completing 76 percent of his passes, and hasn’t thrown an interception this season. He also has seven touchdown passes. However, the most impressive stat about Lambert is, he has connected on 33/35 passes in the last two games.
Jacob Coker and Cooper Bateman have split time for the Crimson Tide, and neither player has separated themselves in this QB competition. They’ve combined for nine touchdowns and six interceptions this season. During the biggest moment of the season, they imploded against the Ole Miss Rebels.
Despite all of the quarterback play, this game is likely to come down to the running backs. If it wasn’t for Leonard Fournette, Derrick Henry and Nick Chubb would have top billing this season. However, they aren’t the only backs ready to make a difference in this game.
If you ask Georgia fans, they’d take Chubb over any running back in the country. He’s averaging 8.4 yards per carry, and has seven total touchdowns already. If Georgia can get the ground game thriving, Chubb could vault to the top of the Heisman list as well. Remember, Alabama gives up 56 yards rushing per game. Therefore, don’t expect the Crimson Tide to easily give up another 100 yard rushing day to the sophomore sensation.
Henry has been great for the Crimson Tide offense as well. His speed and size dooms teams once he gets into the second level. After losing their first high profile game this season, the Crimson Tide has to rely on Henry to get the offense rolling. No matter what happens during the course of the game, they can’t shy away from the ground attack. Georgia is good against the run, but they aren’t on the same level as Alabama’s front seven.
The x-factor for each offense will likely be the back up running backs. Two of the most versatile players in the country will be on each sideline. Georgia’s Sony Michel has been brilliant so far. With four rushing touchdowns, and three touchdown catches, Michel can crush Alabama’s defensive alignment.
Alabama’s Kenyan Drake has also been getting better since returning from last year’s injury. Drake only has two touchdowns, but he maybe featured in today’s match up. They have to get Drake on the edge of the Georgia defense. If not, Alabama won’t have enough offensive talent to win the game.
Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. ET. Currently, Georgia is a one point favorite. The game will be featured on CBS.