Almost a month later than initially expected, we’re finally getting the game that everyone south of the Mason-Dixon has been salivating over all year! One of our incredibly talented bloggers (me) called the Georgia-Alabama matchup (albeit in the SEC Title game) and the Dawgs’ playoff run earlier in the year, proving once again that I am the all-powerful and all-knowing NostraSnakeus.
Georgia-Oklahoma was an absolute thriller of a game with Georgia’s defense stepping up in the second half to essentially stifle the Heisman Trophy winning Baker Mayfield, and stepping up huge in double OT to block Oklahoma’s field goal attempt; while Alabama absolutely throttled, and I mean THROTTLED Clemson, setting the stage for an all-SEC championship game.
Now, not everyone is super thrilled about this and some hot take artists, like noted SEC h8r Danny Kanell, have taken to the almighty twitter dot com to voice their grievances:
This is so bad for college football. Fans are really gonna see thru the farce we call “playoffs” and realize it’s a rigged system designed to benefit the elites.
— Danny Kanell (@dannykanell) January 2, 2018
Ole thinking-Ohio-State-deserved-to-be-in-the-playoffs-even-though-they-lost-by-31-to-an-unranked-Iowa-team head ass.
Now while Danny attempts to get that stick out of his butt, here’s my breakdown:
#3 Georgia vs. #4 Alabama (-4.5 Bama)
The Vegas oddsmakers have spoken and the Tide open up as a slight favorite over the Georgia Bulldogs. This line will probably shift slightly leading up to game day, but the sentiment is the same, Alabama is really good and deserved their shot at the playoffs this year. That being said, Georgia is legit and just withstood a barrage from the best offense in the country.
I have a bit of a hot take but…Alabama’s strength isn’t it’s offense. Their sophomore QB, Jalen Hurts, isn’t going to beat you with his arm like Mayfield, but can burn you on the ground (808 yards rushing in 2017). This stout Bulldog defense will be keying the run and trusting their DBs to make plays against absolute studs like Calvin Ridley who’s 65 yards away from breaking the 1,000 yard mark for the season (assuming Hurts can make some throws in this game).
The Tide, however, have a bit more of a challenge on defense when it comes to stopping the two-headed rushing attack of Nick Chubb (seriously how is this dude still in school?!) and Sony Michel who both broke 1,100 rushing yards this year.
If there’s one thing Alabama is
good great at, it’s stopping the run, but this is the first time this year they’ve been tested by such a dynamic duo. Assuming Bama is able to shut down the run, the Dawgs’ offense fall on the playmaking ability of Jake Fromm, the freshman sensation who’s thrown for over 2,300 yards and 24 TDs and only 5 INTs.
I see this one going Georgia’s way, giving Nick Saban his first L against former assistants. We saw the blueprint for beating Alabama when they played Auburn in the Iron Bowl. Tire out their DBs with tons of screens, run the ball, then run it again, and then try to beat them over top.
Buckle up, it’s going to be an electric end to an electric season.