Georgia Football: 5 Keys to the Game vs. Alabama
The SEC Championship Game is only days away and the Georgia Bulldogs know they have a tough task ahead of them as they look to upset the Alabama Crimson Tide.
Both teams come into the game with a lot of momentum, so the winner of the game will be the one who makes the least amount of mistakes.
The Bulldogs have been known for slow starts, so it will be crucial for them to jump out ahead and take the early lead.
But that's not the only key to the game for the Bulldogs against the Tide.
Establish the Line of Scrimmage
This could be the most important thing the Bulldogs do in the game on Saturday.
If they let Alabama's offensive and defensive line walk all over them, they don't stand a chance.
Georgia's offensive line has had its rough patches, but it is starting to come together at the right time as Murray has been kept upright since the Florida game and Todd Gurley has been able to rush for 516 yards in the last five games.
The defensive line for the Bulldogs has gotten better since Garrison Smith became the starter when Abry Jones went down, but will have to face an offensive line for the Crimson Tide that has allowed only 19 sacks this year.
The matchup of the night could be Alabama center Barrett Jones facing Georgia nose tackle John Jenkins.
Stop the Run
Eddie Lacy and T.J. Yeldon are as good a running duo you will find in the country.
Lacy has ran for 1,001 yards and 14 touchdowns while Yeldon has rushed for 847 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Both players bring a different running style, and odds are the Bulldogs will not stop the two completely. But if they can slow them down, they can really disrupt what the Crimson Tide want to do on offense.
Pressure A.J. McCarron
This leads to the next key to game and that is apply pressure on Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron.
Game manager has been attached to McCarron's name, but he's been a lot more than that this year as he has thrown for 25 touchdowns and only two interceptions.
Over the last few games, the Bulldogs defense has been applying pressure on opposing quarterbacks whether its hurries, sacks, hits or interceptions.
They have to continue that trend, and there is one player for the Bulldogs that will be the catalyst for the destruction.
Jarvis Jones needs to have a big game in order to shut down the Alabama offense.
The good thing about this is that this is game where he tends to play his best.
Against Missouri, he took his team on his shoulders and led it to a win with a key interception late in the game.
Against Florida, he had a three-sack performance, and he was the reason the Gators did not score a touchdown.
With the whole world watching, Jones will be fired up, which should lead to a big afternoon for the junior outside linebacker.
It's clear that Aaron Murray has not performed well in the big games, and this game is by far the biggest in his career.
However, Murray comes into the game with a lot of momentum. In fact, since his three-interception performance against Florida, Murray has thrown for 13 touchdowns and zero interceptions.
Alabama only allows nine points per game, so Murray will have a tougher time scoring 35-plus points.
But the Alabama secondary is not as strong as it has been in the past. If Murray gets time in the pocket, he should be able to attack the secondary, which could lead to quite a few points for the Bulldogs.