SEC football has it’s rivalries, but there’s not many better than that of Alabama vs Georgia. The two College forces go head to head tonight at 8pm Eastern, and i’m all about it. It might just be game of the season so far!
There’s been a whole tonne of speculation around the game this week, with Alabama head coach stroke college football wizard Nick Saban locked away at home with COVID. Saban tested negative on Thursday, and again on Friday (yesterday), and if he’s clear this morning, he’ll be right there on the sideline for the game. A narrow escape for the Crimson Tide.
Sabans Side Bit
Kirby Smart, now running the show at Georgia, was once an assistant to Nick Saban, much like most of the rest of the head coaches in college football. Nick the wizard just seems to breed coaching talent. He also doesn’t lose to his ex coaching assistants. Currently, Nick Saban stands at 21-0 versus coaches who used to work for him. This including three SEC Championship games.
Smart was the defensive coordinator under Nick Saban for 9 years at Alabama, he also worked with him for one year with the Miami Dolphins, and one year with LSU, both prior to the long stint at Bama.
Of course, we all know the glorious story of Tua Tagovailoa stepping into a National Championship game as a freshman and walking out with the title. But that also meant that Nick Saban stole the trophy right out of Kirby Smarts hands. So it’s personal now, right? That’s how it works.
Tonights game loads up with Georgia a 5 point underdog, and it’s set to be an absolute belter, these dominant match ups between Power 5 super teams always are.
QBs and Thoughts
I’m taking Alabama. Georgia’s quarterback Stetson Bennett is an emerging story, who’s played well this season having emerged out of nowhere. Georgia added Wake Forest transfer Jamie Newman, who quickly became a heisman favourite out of nowhere, simply for transferring to Georgia. However Newman decided before taking a snap that he’d fore-go the season and go straight for the draft. Georgia also brought in JT Daniels from USC, and it’s been expected that he’ll play following Newmans decision, although health concerns are apparent. Daniels tore his ACL in September 2019 while with USC, and hasn’t played since.
Stetson Bennett is a Georgia kid who grew up a Bulldogs fan, and is finally getting his shot. It’s a cool story, broken down in tremendous detail here. He’s emerged through the thicket of quarterbacks that Georgia have on their roster, as they seemed to struggle to find Jake Fromms replacement, who was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the off season.
Fromm was the starter for three full seasons, even beating out immense talent Justin Fields, who took limited snaps behind Jake Fromm in his one year with the Bulldogs. Kirby Smart stuck to his guns and continued to support Jake Fromm as the starter, leading to Fields transfer to Ohio State.
Mac in Alabama
It’s not just the Bulldogs who’ve seen everything change at quarterback though, as Alabama also lost their young stud in the off season. Tua, my king and my quarterback, was drafted by my Miami Dolphins, meaning Nick Saban also had to work in his next guy.
That guy is Mac Jones, and he’s looked the part so far this season. Tua Tagovailoa leaves behind enormous shoes to fill, and in a town where football is everything, thats no small task. Mac Jones took reps behind Tua last season, and took over when he got hurt. This season, it’s his team, and so far he’s thrown 8 touchdowns and only 1 interception.
That being said, despite the season being altered, only allowing teams to play within their conference, this game will be both teams biggest test so far, by a mile.
Both teams go into the game 3-0. Alabama have taken down Missouri, Texas A&M, and Ole Miss. Georgia have knocked off Arkansas, Auburn, and Tennessee.
Georgia started slow in their first two games, trailing Arkansas 7-2 at the half before pulling it back after the break. The Auburn game wasn’t the prettiest, but if Georgia start slow this week, it’s game over. You’ll find yourself down 21 points very quickly and fighting an uphill battle the rest of the game.
I have no doubt Nick Saban will be on the sideline, he wouldn’t miss it for the world. Watch out for Jaylen Waddle. The Alabama receiver is wicked, always makes a man miss after the catch, and it’ll be interesting to see how smothered the Georgia D can keep him. On Georgia’s side of the ball, it’s safety Richard LeCounte for me. Playing like a stud so far this season, the senior is making his case for the NFL draft. Keep on eye on that man. Grudge match, rivalry, SEC powerhouses locking horns on a Saturday night. Love to see it.
Betting wise i’m taking Alabama to win in the money line, and betting the over. I’m hoping it might turn into an efficient offensive display and a shootout.
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