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    Big A Latest Bama News 11/30 pre game thru 12/1/2012 SECCG Edition

    This is Where the football season never ends! Bama News first, and foremost,
    interesting SEC news, and salient football news:

    Run game vital for UA-TideSports


    The University of Alabama needs to run the football Saturday against the Georgia Bulldogs to move the chains, to set a physical tone and to set up its play-action passing game. That, however, isn't the only role the Crimson Tide's running game will play. With Georgia averaging two sacks per game and more than six tackles in the backfield per outing, Alabama can also give the Bulldogs' defense pause if it can find traction on the Georgia Dome turf in the Southeastern Conference Championship Game. In particular, UA will need the running game to keep Jarvis Jones, who has 10.5 sacks, honest.

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    Big A Re: Latest Bama News 11/30 pre game thru 12/1/2012 SECCG Edition

    Walker said the University has not had discussions about reducing the number of tickets given to students and that the lower bowl does not let in more students than there are seats. "Alabama could play the Steelers in the Super Bowl at Bryant-Denny Stadium and the upper deck of the student section wouldnít fill up," said Tommy Deas, sports editor of the Tuscaloosa News. "There are certainly enthusiastic football fans among the student body at Alabama. But thereís not as many of them as there are tickets, apparently." The lack of attendance is part of a general trend of apathy among UA students, which also includes leaving early during blowout games. For a school whose victories have come at an average margin of 31 points per game, itís easy to see why students could become lethargic toward sitting through a blowout game. Still, a half-empty student section is not exactly aesthetically pleasing for outsiders, Deas said. "I thought for awhile that maybe the library was closing early so they were rushing to go get their studying in, but Iíve since decided that was not the case," he said. "You hear a different excuse every week. People were saying that [there werenít enough exciting home games], and then undefeated Mississippi State comes in and the upper deckís about half-filled or two-thirds-filled."
    High Tide, low turnout | The Crimson White

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    Big A Re: Latest Bama News 11/30 pre game thru 12/1/2012 SECCG Edition

    First of the "edge" pieces:

    Saturdayís SEC Championship will feature current and future NFL talent all over the field, as well as coaching star power. Itís been highly debated whether or not Georgia has more overall talent. Bacarri Rambo certainly thinks Georgia does, and itís hard to argue with him. So, letís take a gander at a comparison of each teamís units
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    Alabama vs. Georgia: Who has the edge?-saturdaydownsouth


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    With so many similarities between the two teams, the outcome could come down to quarterback play. Georgiaís Murray and Alabamaís McCarron are No. 1 and 2 in the nation in passing efficiency. Murray has thrown for 3,201 yards, 30 touchdowns and 7 interceptions, and McCarron has thrown for 2,507 yards, 25 touchdowns and only 2 interceptions. Murray has the statistics, and McCarron has the hardware ó a national championship. But who has the advantage? "McCarron has the edge, because heís performed better than Murray on the big stage," said the "ESPN College Gameday" analyst Desmond Howard during a phone interview.

    Georgia fans see urgency of the moment, but does Richt?-saturdaydownsouth


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    ICYMI:

    When youíre playing for Nick Saban, the future consists of the next play, the next practice, the next game. And basking in anything youíve done previously is as foreign to him as snow plows are to folks in the Florida Keys. That said, the nine scholarship seniors on this Alabama football team understand unequivocally whatís at stake this Saturday against Georgia in the SEC championship game. Yes, it would be the Crimson Tideís first SEC title since 2009 if they can win, but the real prize would come a little more than a month later -- a shot at their third national championship in the past four years. "Our goal was to accomplish something legendary that nobody else has, and we still have a chance to do that," said senior center Barrett Jones, whose versatility and team-first attitude has epitomized this senior class.
    Alabama's seniors share unbreakable bond - SEC Blog - ESPN

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    Saturdayís SEC Championship, also this seasonís only national semifinal, will come down to No. 2 Alabama and No. 3 Georgia, but thereís a deeper matchup. In a season that has seen Notre Dame return to relevance and could see a freshman win the Heisman Trophy, it has come down to Nick Saban-led Alabama versus history. If history holds, then Bowl Championship Series era, set to end with a four-team playoff starting in 2014, will escape without a repeat champion. If Alabama wins its next two games, which odds makers say the Crimson Tide will, then the BCS era wonít finish unbeaten. Also, if Alabama wins its next two games, then the Tide will do something in the Saban era that it didnít do even under Bear Bryant ó win three national titles in four years.
    Anniston Star - Medley Tide to play Georgia but real clash is with history

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    McCarron was asked if he could relate to the situation Black is currently experiencing. "itís hard to tell what it would have felt like because it didnít happen," McCarron said, "but it would have been fun." McCarron said he's liked what he's seen from Black in practice this week. "Sometimes heís not real sure, but I think thatís just getting in the motion of everything," McCarron said. "He looks good. Heís flying around, playing fast, which I like to see, and heís giving 100 percent. Thatís all you can ask."
    Alabama's AJ McCarron reflects on how he was 1 play away from losing his redshirt season | al.com

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    Rinaldi asked Saban to divulge when he gets nervous. - "I do the most worrying, which I guess is a form of being nervous, when you're trying to solve all the problems, which is Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday. Whether it's in the kicking game, whether it's on offense, whether it's on defense, whether it's coverage rules, whatever it is that you're trying to resolve. You never feel comfortable until you make the decisions about what you need to and then you teach the players and they understand the concepts of what you're trying to do and you feel comfortable that they're doing it. "I guess when you look at it that way, I'm worrying all the time."
    Michael Jordan, pass rushing and more from Nick Saban's weekly radio appearance | al.com

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    "The guy is probably one of the best defensive players in the country in terms of his playmaking ability," Alabama coach Nick Saban said. "He's a really good rusher. He's physical. He's instinctive." This is the player on whom offensive game plans hinge. "You certainly have to have a plan to help the players that have to block him so that hopefully he can't just get in one-on-one situations where it's a difficult circumstance for somebody," Saban said.
    Star linebacker Jarvis Jones is the 'Dawgs' big dog (SEC Championship 2012) | al.com

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    Burnette and center David Andrews probably will work together to block Jesse Williams, Alabama's 320-pound senior nose guard. "He's one of the tougher guys in the country I've seen to block one-on-one," Burnette said. "It's going to take a lot of technique, a lot of discipline and focus on my part." Burnette has not seen the YouTube clip of Williams bench-pressing 600 pounds last summer. "I heard about it," the 322-pound Burnette said. "That's impressive. I don't think I've ever witnessed somebody bench pressing 600 pounds before." It was noted that lifting 600 pounds would be like lifting two offensive linemen at once. "Hopefully he doesn't have a chance to pick up two offensive linemen in this game," Burnette said.
    Georgia guard impressed with strength and discipline of Alabama's defensive line | al.com

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    No, when it comes right down to it, it's this simple fact that drives the emotion against Saban: We never saw the Saban that Alabama has saluted for the past six seasons. We're Cleveland to Bill Belichick. We're Atlanta to Joe Torre. We're the area that put up with the personal flaws many great talents have but never witnessed the great talent. Instead, we saw the frailty. The insecurity. The self-questioning of a man who, according to several sources, feared being fired by the Dolphins after his second season in 2006. So he returned to college, where he can win without a star quarterback. And he's won. And won. And by all accounts is expected to hold a national trophy up in Sun Life Stadium. That's why there's such mixed feelings for Saban. We saw the lout. We just never saw the lout who won enough to make his personality irrelevant.
    Nick Saban one win from national title game - South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com

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    Big A Re: Latest Bama News 11/30 pre game thru 12/1/2012 SECCG Edition

    Their guys have a real good prediction winning pct. for the season!!!

    These two traditional powersóAlabama and Georgiaówill play for the first time in the SEC Championship Game and for only the fifth time overall since 1995. The stakes couldnít be higher: The winner will play Notre Dame for the BCS National Championship and the loser likely will be squeezed out of the BCS mix. Much has been made about Georgiaís relatively soft SEC schedule, but itís important to note that both Georgia and Alabama only played two of the other four SEC teams ranked in the top 10 of the latest BCS standings. Georgia beat No. 4 Florida and lost to No. 10 South Carolina, while Alabama beat No. 7 LSU and lost to No. 9 Texas A&M. Alabama did play Michigan out of conference, but the strength of these two teamsí schedules is about the same. Itís dangerous to compare results, but just for fun: Alabama and Georgia had four common opponents (Missouri, Tennessee, Ole Miss and Auburn); Alabama won all four games by a total score of 168Ė37, while Georgia won all four by a total score of 167Ė74. So who wins on Saturday? Good question.
    SEC Championship Preview and Prediction: Alabama vs. Georgia | AthlonSports

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    With an SEC Championship and a right to play Notre Dame for the BCS National Championship on the line in Atlanta, similar and seemingly equal Alabama and Georgia square off again in the Georgia Dome.

    Bama, UGA Meet with National Title on the Line-SBNation


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