After a convincing win over the Ole Miss Rebels, the Georgia Bulldogs (8-1, 6-1 SEC) are one win away from their second consecutive visit to the SEC Championship game in Atlanta, and the Alabama Crimson Tide (9-0, 6-0 SEC), who are most likely to represent the SEC West in December, faced off against LSU in Death Valley. The Bulldogs need to watch those game tapes very carefully, because Alabama showed that they have some flaws to be exploited.
Georgia needs to take care of the business at hand first, and head into Jordan-Hare Stadium and beat the Auburn Tigers. Once done, mental preparation for a likely meeting with Alabama needs to begin.
LSU proved a few things about playing the Crimson Tide, even in a heartbreaking loss.
You can run on Alabama’s defense.
If you have a quarterback who can throw accurate sideline passes, you can keep the chains moving.
If you can keep Alabama’s defense on the field for more than 50 snaps, they will wear down.
Thankfully for Georgia, these are some areas where they have received some high marks this year, which means that the success in any potential match-up with the Tide will rest on the arm of QB Aaron Murray and the legs of RBs Keith Marshall and Todd Gurley.
LSU took control of the game in the second half, and had Alabama’s defense breathing hard with their hands on their hips. Were it not for a few questionable 4th down calls by Tigers head coach Les Miles, and some missed tackles on a screen pass from AJ McCarron to T.J. Yeldon at the end of the game, LSU may very well have ended Alabama’s unbeaten streak.
Georgia can play the same kind of football as LSU when they want to, and it’s doubtful that you’ll ever see Mark Richt calling fake field goals or other gimmick plays at inopportune times in the game. Georgia would just need to follow LSU’s lead, and play old fashioned SEC smash-mouth football, and keep the Crimson Tide defense on the field as long as possible.
Of course, all this is predicated upon Georgia taking care of business next week against Auburn, and Alabama not stumbling in their final two SEC games against Texas A&M and the annual Iron Bowl against Auburn. It’s odd to think that an Auburn team who is 0-6 in conference play so far this year could potentially play the spoiler role to teams on both sides of the SEC.
If Georgia can beat both Auburn and Georgia Tech, which they should easily do, and can come into the Georgia Dome and upset what will more than likely be a heavily favored Alabama team, they could very well find themselves in the middle of the BCS Championship discussion.