SEC Title Game 2012: Alabama Will Dominate Georgia to Set Up Notre Dame Showdown
Alabama will have little trouble defeating Georgia in the SEC Championship Game on Saturday to set up a BCS title matchup with top-ranked Notre Dame in January.
The Bulldogs have not been tested much this season despite playing in the SEC. They have only played two quality opponents, South Carolina and Florida, and were 1-1 in those games after getting destroyed by the Gamecocks and defeating the rival Gators.
Who will win the SEC title game?
Over the last five weeks, Georgia has played one ranked team, including matchups against Georgia Southern Georgia Tech entering the SEC title game, while Alabama has faced three ranked teams (including LSU and Texas A&M) over the last five weeks.
Since their surprising defeat to Texas A&M three weeks ago, Alabama has gotten even stronger on both sides of the ball. They have defeated their last two opponents, Western Carolina and Auburn, by a combined score of 98-0.
Against ranked teams, the Crimson Tide are 3-1 with a plus-57 score differential. They have been tested and played well against some of the nation's best teams, and will continue their dominance against a Georgia team that hasn't played anyone near the level of Alabama.
The Crimson Tide defense ranks first in America in fewest points allowed per game (9.3), but also ranks 15th in points scored per game (39). This is a well-rounded team with almost no weaknesses.
Alabama will use its spectacular rushing attack to wear down the Georgia defense and control the pace of the game. Behind a talented and strong offensive line, running backs Eddie Lacy and T.J. Yeldon will find running lanes to rack up huge amounts of yards on the ground versus the Bulldogs' defense.
Throwing the ball isn't an issue for Alabama either, evidenced by quarterback A.J. McCarron's smart, efficient play this season. He's completing 67 percent of his passes this season and has thrown just two interceptions.
The junior has also shown his ability to lead a fourth-quarter comeback, including Alabama's game-winning drive versus LSU on November 3.
To win this game, Georgia needs to score well over 20 points and play great defense, and it's hard to imagine both of these happening.
The Alabama defense will pressure Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray and force him to make risky passes against a secondary that ranked 16th in the nation (T-3rd in SEC) in interceptions.
The Crimson Tide have a rare opportunity to win a third national title in four years, and after their loss to the Aggies, this Alabama squad looks as motivated as they have ever been.
Alabama will comfortably defeat Georgia with a strong defensive effort and an impressive rushing attack to win another SEC title and set up a BCS championship showdown with the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame.
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