Georgia has come as close as you can get to the beating of Alabama in recent years. On Saturday, the Bulldogs get another chance.
Three of the last four matches are classics. In 2012, Georgia reached Bama 5 as time ran out in the SEC championship game. In January 2018, Alabama came together to stun Georgia in the OZ to win the national title. In December 2018, the tide returned again to shock Georgia in the SEC Championship Game.
The Bulldogs probably think that 2020 could end differently. QB Stetson Bennett took over during the opening against Arkansas and passed. UGA won big against Auburn and Tennessee in consecutive weeks, with Bennett up to 689 passing yards and five touchdowns without interception. In defense, the protected squad allows only 1
Breaking Alabama will be a great ordeal. QB Mac Jones lost 1101 yards in just three games, while RB Najee Harris has already scored 10 touchdowns.
But there are major concerns about protection. For so long, the dominance of Alabama’s defense has helped harass the rest of the SEC and others. This season, Tide conceded 30 points per game – and Ole Miss totaled 647 yards last week alone.
But if the game becomes a “you can stop me” race, can Georgia do it? The bulldogs’ rapid attack is controversial, which is something Alabama is not worried about.
Throw coach Nick Saban with a positive test with COVID and it was an unusual season in Tuscaloosa, even if Alabama continues to win. And even if Georgia finally beats Alabama, there is a chance they will have to do it again in December for the SEC crown.