Alabama Football: What Crimson Tide Must Do to Win SEC Championship

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Alabama Football: What Crimson Tide Must Do to Win SEC Championship
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Alabama and Georgia are one win away from playing in the 2013 BCS National Championship Game against Notre Dame.

The Crimson Tide and Bulldogs are two teams with opposing resumes. Alabama has played some of the best in the country and defeated quality teams, whereas Georgia has only defeated one Top 25 team this season.

Either way, both are in the SEC championship game with an eye on the 2013 BCS Championship Game.

Here are three things Alabama must do to win the SEC championship.  

 

Win turnover battle

Turnovers win football games. It sounds like a cliche, but nothing could be more truthful in the sport of football.

Let's take a look at two clear examples of this situation this year with these two programs.

Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel had his way with Alabama on Nov. 10, but he wasn't the only reason Alabama was upset. How about the turnover situation?

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Alabama gave up the ball three times compared to zero turnovers for the Aggies. Quarterback AJ McCarron threw two interceptions.

In contrast, Texas A&M came out strong and played a complete football game throughout. It didn't force many passes, didn't make many mistakes and didn't turn the ball over.

The result? Texas A&M pulled off a shocking upset.

Meanwhile, Georgia got smoked by South Carolina 35-7 on Oct. 6. The Gamecocks didn't turn the ball over and the Bulldogs did once. But that turnover was just one of many reasons why Georgia lost to South Carolina. 

For Alabama to defeat Georgia, it must win the turnover battle. It will start and end there.  

 

Run the football

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In Georgia's only loss this season, defending the rush was a major reason why it fell to South Carolina. The Bulldogs allowed 230 yards and two touchdowns on the ground while only seeing the opposing quarterback pass 10 times.

Georgia has experienced its share of struggles stopping the run at times this season, and Alabama has the talent to expose it once again.

Eddie Lacy has rushed for 1,001 yards and 14 touchdowns this season, and freshman T.J. Yeldon has rushed for 847 yards and 10 touchdowns. Both are extremely talented and can make things happen when they have the ball in their hands. They will need to play up to their ability for Alabama to win the SEC championship.  

 

Frustrate Aaron Murray

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There has only been one game quarterback in which Aaron Murray has failed to toss a touchdown in: South Carolina. Murray went 11-of-31 for 109 yards, no touchdowns and an interception in that contest. It was clearly the worst performance all year by the quarterback.

Not far behind was Murray's performance against Florida, in which he went 12-of-24 for 150 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions. 

Both defenses are legit, and both have talent across the board. There is no defense better than Alabama, and Georgia will soon find that out. The Tide haven't allowed a point in the past two games. 

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Alabama needs to frustrate Murray by mixing schemes, providing pressure and putting the offense in 3rd-and-long situations. 

To defeat Georgia, frustrating Aaron Murray is a must.  

 

Prediction

Alabama 31, Georgia 13.

I may be going out on a limb with this 18-point prediction, but I see Alabama once again reaching the BCS Championship Game.

Georgia hasn't played a great schedule this season, with one victory over a Top 25 team. It has defeated Buffalo, Missouri, Florida Atlantic, Vanderbilt, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ole Miss, Auburn, Georgia Southern and Georgia Tech.

What would the Bulldogs' record be if they played Alabama, LSU or Texas A&M? It wouldn't be 11-1, that's for sure.

Alabama has the best team in the country, and it will once again receive the opportunity to play for the national championship. 

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