Georgia Tech vs. Georgia; Uh, Yeah, the Bulldogs Can Beat Alabama

Carl StineCorrespondent INovember 24, 2012

ATHENS, GA - NOVEMBER 3: Aaron Murray #11 of the Georgia Bulldogs passes against the Ole Miss Rebels at Sanford Stadium on November 3, 2012 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
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With Georgia's thrashing of Georgia Tech in the season finale and Alabama facing a less-than-challenging test against Auburn, it appears the two are on a collision course for the SEC title game, with the winner earning a shot at the BCS title.

So why does everybody appear to be writing off the Dawgs?

Alabama is already being crowned the favorite to win the BCS title game.

Stop it. Ignoring the Bulldogs and their immense potential is foolish.

Check out the way the Dawgs handled Georgia Tech, 42-10. This has been standard operating procedure for Mark Richt's squad all season: fake everyone into thinking they are strictly a defensive team, then hang tons of points on them.

So why are we writing off the Bulldogs off against Alabama already?

The only team to beat the Tide thus far, Texas A&M, featured a great offense and a solid defense featuring several stud players.


Georgia has all that and is even better on defense than A&M.

The Aggies also featured an up-tempo offense.

Check. The Dawgs have been running one off and on all season.

Aaron Murray has been phenomenal at quarterback, breaking the 3,000-yard mark today against Georgia Tech and displaying a level of leadership that can only be expected of a veteran quarterback.

The Bulldogs' running game has also been great, with Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall stepping in and filling the holes that needed to be filled for Georgia, each of them averaging over six yards per carry.

But the real key, the factor that could easily swing the SEC tile game into Georgia's favor, is the potential of this defense, which has not been as solid this season as last. It's the potential that was show when the Dawgs hit Florida in the mouth repeatedly, forcing six turnovers and winning the game for Richt's Georgia squad.

Alabama's defense is best in the nation, there is absolutely no way to argue that. But Georgia is not that far behind. And by playing defense the way it did against Georgia Tech and Florida, this team can stop any offense in the nation.

Why not 'Bama?