Alabama Football: Advantages Crimson Tide Have over Georgia in SEC Championship
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Alabama has a number of advantages that are almost sure to lead it to a victory over Georgia in the SEC championship. It won the BCS in 2009, and after winning 10 games en route to another title in 2011, it was back on track to make another run this year.
Make a run, it did.
Now, Alabama faces what up until this point has been its most crucial game: the SEC Championship.
Ken Langston of Maddux Sports cites the reasons why Alabama is the most-stacked team in college football: Prior to the season, it had to replace its offensive coordinator Jim McElwain but made an excellent choice in hiring former Washington coordinator Doug Nussmeier.
Nussmeier has opened up the offense and improved the passing game.
Langston feels this choice, in addition to their top-notch recruiting, is what has enabled the Tide to become the nation's best team.
They're not a team that relies primarily on the pass, but the diversification in the offense will enable them to function at a higher level against a team like Georgia.
Georgia is not a team to be taken lightly, to say the very least.
It is ranked No. 3 in the nation, and A.J. McCarron has his work cut out for him. He's going to have to make good decisions and react well to the rush defense of Georgia, but fortunately for the Crimson Tide, that is something that McCarron excels at.
McCarron can throw the ball, to be sure.
He has one of the best pass-completion ratios in the nation (67.2 percent) and has thrown for over 2,500 yards.
The passing has been even more impressive in light of the fact that the Crimson Tide had to replace their top four receivers coming into this season.
They certainly did replace them.
They have four receivers with over 300 yards, and Amari Cooper has 45 receptions for 767 yards on the season with eight touchdowns.
But the bread and butter of the Bama offense remains the rush.
Eddie Lacy has rushed for over 1000 yards, and T.J. Yeldon has 847 of his own. Both rush for over six yards per carry and have a combined 24 touchdowns. That output (214.2 yards per game) helps the Crimson Tide have one of the best offenses in the nation (15th overall), in addition to having the nation's best defense (allowing only 9.3 points per game).
The most points they have given up all season is 24, and that was in their lone loss to Texas A&M.
Removing that from the equation, they haven't even given up more than two touchdowns to any opponent.
They've been able to do this despite replacing three members of the secondary, who were all drafted into the NFL last year. Alabama's ability to recruit is what has enabled it to remain a top team in the nation over the last few seasons and have such a storied program.
All in all, Georgia is a very good team. It is not only the second-best team (currently) in the SEC, but it is one of the best teams in the nation.
However, the Tide simply have too much for them.
They have too strong a defense, too potent an offense and excellent coaching to head up the talent.
Don't expect a blowout win, but the Crimson Tide are going to "Roll Tide Roll" in this one, en route to yet another SEC championship.
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