Whose the better team, Alabama or Georgia? That will be answered in Atlanta for the SEC Championship and place in the college football playoffs. To understand and not just say well Alabama is ranked 1 at the start and have yet to loose so they deserve the number 1 spot let’s dig deep into this topic.
Their schedule Didn’t look to hard. With games vs FSU, Auburn, And LSU. But if you look further into it rather than just the games in themselves. You’ll see that their schedule wasn’t just a simple cake walk. FSU came into the season ranked number 4, Now they’re a horrible 2-5. Largely due to them loosing their star quarterback in Deondre Francois. Let’s look at Alabama notable wins, Wins over Colorado State whose 6-3, Texas A&M at 5-3, And Fresno State at 5-3. Their key games remaining are VS LSU whose sitting at 6-2, At Mississippi State and Auburn, both at 6-2. Auburn and LSU at the moment both have top 25 defenses, and top 30 offenses.
Georgia schedule as key wins over Mississippi State at home, And then going to Notre Dame and winning. (ND is ranked 5th in the power rankings sitting at 7-1) Other than those two wins they don’t have very rough schedule. But what makes them impressive is how they’re winning. They have won 7 games by 21 or more points.
When it comes to passing the ball, Alabama is ranked 85th with a average of 201 yards per game. Georgia is ranked number 111th with a average of 162.5 yards per game. (Alabama wins this stat)
When it comes to running the ball, Alabama is ranked 7th with a average of 299 yards per game. Georgia is ranked number 10th with a average of 284 yards per game. Now even tho it’s close what makes this very interesting is Alabama not only has Harris and BO, But they have Jacobs and a freshman 5 star running back in Harris as well that they all will use to stay healthy and fresh as well has Both quarterbacks can run. Georgia only has Chubb And Michel. ( Alabama wins again)
When these two teams face the run it’s just as impressive as when their offense is on the field and running the ball. Alabama is ranked 1st averaging only 66 yards per game against the rush. While Georgia is ranked 6th averaging only 95 yards per game against the rush. (Alabama wins)
Yet another stat with both teams ranked in the top 10. Alabama is ranked 10th averaging 170 yards per game against the pass. Georgia is ranked 3rd averaging 157 yards per game against the pass. (Georgia wins)
This stat may be the most impressive by far. Both teams are ranked top 3 in the nation in total defenses. Alabama is ranked 1st with 236 yards per game given up. While Georgia is ranked 3rd with 252 yards per game given up. (Alabama wins but it’s VERY close)
Now instead of just leaving it there. Lets see how they are facing 3rd downs, Sacks, and Turnovers
Alabama is averaging just under 3 sacks a game with 2.88, that puts them at 20th ( Now they are dealing with some injuries up front. Most notable being the (DE) Hand. Georgia is ranked 73rd with 1.88 sacks per game. (Alabama wins)
Alabama is ranked 8th with 1.25 per game. They have 15 forced turnovers while losing 5. Georgia is ranked 49th with .25 per game. They have 12 forced turnovers while losing 10. (Alabama wins)
3RD Down Conversion PCT:
Alabama is ranked 38th on converting 3rd downs, With a .434 percentage. Georgia is ranked 5th on converting 3rd downs, With a .500 percentage. (Georgia wins)
3RD Down Conversion PCT Defense:
Alabama is ranked 5th sitting at .250 percentage against offenses on 3rd down. Georgia is ranked 27th sitting at .314 percentage against offenses on 3rd down. (Alabama wins)
Alabama: Alabama has a handful of key players that will dictate how the game will play out. They are
Jalen Hurts will play a major role in the offense for Alabama, With how good Georgia is on defense he cannot have a repeat of what happened in the National Championship game vs Clemson. This season Hurts is 95-151 for a 63 percent completion percentage for 1223 yards and 9 touchdowns and 1 interception. Alabama doesn’t ask Hurts to throw it a lot down the field. But maybe in this game it may keep the safeties back. One area that Hurts can kill a defense is with his run game. He takes long strides so it looks like he is just gliding through the field. He has ran for 572 yards and 6 touchdowns. (Big key is he hasn’t turned the ball over passing or running the ball.)
Harris is having a great year running the football for the tide. He’s almost at 700 yards rushing and is averaging over 8.5 yards a carry with 10 touchdowns. He lost a little weight in the off-season and it has shown by him being able to not get caught from behind. He must have a good day to keep the pressure off Hurts. Harris also ranks 5th according to Pro Football Focus in elusive rating with a 116.2, Not to bad for a Alabama running back.
Why not Ridley? Well cause Georgia will obviously be aware of him and try to take him out the game plan. Alabama has a great group of young wide receivers that I believe will need to step it up late in the season if the Tide want to beat the Bulldogs. Ruggs one of the freshmen has 5 catches for over 100 yards and 5 touchdowns. Jeudy who I really like and believe can be better than Ridley. Has 12 catches for over 200 yards and 1 touchdown. ( But Jeudy has made some very impressive catches.)
Payne will have to stuff the middle and take on double teams the entire day. Payne has 14 run stops at either the line of scrimmage or behind the line. And a percentage of 11.0 percent. Only Isiah Buggs has a better run stop percentage than Payne in the SEC. And Buggs as well is playing for Alabama. (Reason why I don’t say Buggs is cause once Hand comes back Buggs will play only when Hand needs a break.)
Shaun Dion Hamilton:
Hamilton is a force, Against the run and pass. He is a great tackler and has great sideline to sideline speed. As well as he is a good cover (LB) through 8 games Hamilton as totaled 37 tackles 5 for loss, and 2.5 sacks.
Combination of Wallace and Fitzpatrick:
Why both? Well Fitzpatrick is arguably the best Defensive back in the nation. Between his speed, Tackling, Ball skills, and football IQ. It makes him extremely dangerous to any offense. He can play corner, safety and even come on designed blitzes. It’s a must know where Fitzpatrick is at all times. Wallace as emerged as one of the nations best corners. Wallace has a .07 passer rating when throwing at him. Which is 1st among draft eligible corners. Wallace also has 3 interceptions, 9 Pass deflections. And he gets to the QB with blitzes as he has 2 sacks.
Georgia as some serious pieces that cannot be taken lightly at any point in the game.
Georgia quarterback Fromm must be on his A game vs Alabama. He will not face a defense like what Alabama will bring all season long. But he is off to a good start to his career. He has a 62 percent completion percentage, for 1263 yards and 13 touchdowns as well as 4 interceptions. Fromm does have some running ability. He has 3 rushing touchdowns on the year.
Georgia carries two very solid running backs, One of the best duos in the nation. Chubb and Michel have tallied a total of just under 1400 yards rushing. And 17 rushing touchdowns between them. Both Michel and Chubb are ranked top 12 in elusive rating according to Pro Football Focus. Chubb as a elusive rating of 91.5 (12th) While Michel as a rating of 96.1 which is good for 10th.
Smith is arguably the best inside linebacker (ILB) in the SEC. He is just everywhere on the field. Smith has posted 53 tackles, 1.5 Sacks, 2 pass deflections through 8 games. But what makes him so dangerous is the fact that he just doesn’t miss tackles. According to Pro Football Focus. Smith has 0 missed tackles. And holds the number 1 spot in run stop percentage with a 15.8 with his 21 stops.
Carter will play a big role in the defense. Much like Smith Carter is a very important piece to the Bulldogs Defense. Carter has 22 total tackles, 3 Sacks, 5.5 tackles for loss, 3 fumble recoveries, and 2 forced fumbles. Carter knows how to get to the ball carrier and make an impact.
Yes i’m including a kicker, Why? It’s pretty simple if you think about it. Alabama doesn’t allow teams to score touchdowns on them. And Blankenship is 10-11 on field goals this season. Alabama holds the 8th ranked red-zone defense in the nation. Not very easy to points on them. So Blankenship could be a vital piece for the Bulldogs.
So with all this taken in. Who do you believe will win this game? Alabama or Georgia.