How do we stack up against Georgia?
How do we stack up against Georgia?
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To be honest, I haven't seen them play all year. Their qb is pretty good from what I hear but other than that...???
They have as much, or near as much, talent on their team as we do. Their lines are physical and they have speed at the skill positions. Murray can light it up when he is on.
It will be interesting to see if UGA wants to try to run it on us or push the passing game on us. I think we can get away with playing nickel more against UGA than we did against LSU, just because they have speed at RB and not the bulldozers LSU has.
We will have to know where Jones is on the field defensively at all times.
All of that said, they have Richt.....and they usually underwhelm on the big stage.
I think we match up well. UGA is loaded with talent and is very capable of winning it all. But the Dawgs can be terribly undisciplined. Not just off the field as they always have players suspended before the start of the season, but on the field as well. It wouldn't surprise me if they have over 100 yards in penalties when we play them.
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Georgia is a team that will look like a championship team one week then get blown out the next. So who knows which team will show up. But no matter what team shows up. The Alabama coaching staff can count on with almost a guarantee that offensive coordinator Mike Bobo will implement a high pace, no huddle type offense against our defense. Until we stop it, other teams will run it.
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Defensively they have more talent than we do, at least at the top. We may have more talent if you go 22 deep on defense, but I'd say defensively we're equal on talent. Talent does not win ball games.
Offensively they're pretty good. They've lost some WRs, but they have a lot of depth there. Once again, they're in our ballpark talent wise, though we're a bit more talented at just about every position.
Here's the thing - they have Mark Richt coaching them and Aaron Murray at QB. Richt got his win against a good team out of the way this year. Murray is leading the nation in passing efficiency, but that's against garbage teams.
Here's Murray overall - 28 TDs, 7 INTs. He piles up numbers against crap teams. Against Buffalo, Kentucky, Ole Miss, Auburn and Georgia Southern he's got 18 TDs and no INTs. Against Florida and South Carolina he's got 1 TD and 4 INTs.
If Saban coached Georgia against a Richt coached Alabama I'd pick UGA by double digits. Since it's the other way around I think Bama would win by double digits.
It could be the LSU game all over again, or the Michigan game. A lot depends on Murray, IMO. If he's on, our secondary is pressured and their running game gets uncorked. If Murray can't deliver, their entire offense becomes very manageable for our defense. You could probably say the same about A.J. on our side of the ball, but I believe we have better run options.
I'm certainly not taking it for granted, however. LSU thought this was 2007, and Noder Dang thinks it's 1973. UGA is sure to try to channel their inner 1980 team, or at least their 1976 squad. This one could be tough.
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They have really struggled in games where they can't run the ball...USC and UGA. It will be imperative for our defensive line to control their run game and for us to get pressure on Murray. Murray is short and tends to crumble under pressure.
I think in many ways they are similar to us and I expect it to be a close game. I hope our defense can find the answers to what LSU and TXAM did to us or it could be a long day.
Georgia is very good. They have the talent to run and throw effectively. Bama will have to play a complete and intense game to win.
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I was listening to Sports Radio here in Atlanta this morning (680 I think). The topic of Murray came up and one of the knocks on him is that he doesn't play great against elite defenses. In the USCe game he was 11/31 for 109 yds and 1 INT. Against Florida he was 12/24 for 150 yds, 1 TD & 3 INT. We will see how he does against our D.
Georgia will be tough to beat and it will be a close game. Murray is good enough to take advantage of our secondary and make the plays when they have to. This game will come down to our offense. Can we put up enough points to win? I believe we do.