Georgia Football: 4 Changes the Bulldogs Must Make to Beat Alabama

Brian Jones@Brian_L_JonesContributor IJanuary 14, 2013

Georgia Football: 4 Changes the Bulldogs Must Make to Beat Alabama

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    As the Alabama Crimson Tide held the crystal ball after defeating Notre Dame in the BCS National Championship, Georgia Bulldogs fans could not help but to think their team was five yards away from being in that same position.

    The Bulldogs showed that they can play with the best in the country and they deserved to be ranked in the Top 5 in both polls.

    However, they did make some mistakes in that game, and if they want to beat Alabama the next time they play, they will have to get those mistakes corrected.

    Here are four changes the Bulldogs have to make to beat the Crimson Tide.

Field Goal Efficency

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    One of the key plays of the game was Bulldogs kicker Marshall Morgan missing a 50-yard field goal in the first quarter.

    It wasn't a key play at the time, but had Morgan made the kick, the Bulldogs only would have had to kick a chip-shot field goal to win the game instead of going for the touchdown.

    Consistency from Morgan was an issue this past season as he only made eight of his 14 field-goal attempts.

    However, he was a freshman so he's expected to improve as he gains more experience.

Ball Control

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    As good the offense was against the Crimson Tide, the one thing the Bulldogs could have done better is controlling the clock. 

    The Bulldogs only had possession for 22 minutes while the Tide had the ball for 38 minutes.

    With an average of 28 minutes per game, the Bulldogs ranked near the bottom of the SEC in time of possession while Alabama was near the top with 32 minutes.

    If Georgia wants to beat Alabama, ball control is a huge key to victory.

Run Defense

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    The way the Bulldogs can get better at ball control is being able to stop the run on defense.

    Alabama loves to run the ball, and it's something the Tide did well against the Bulldogs in the second half.

    When the SEC Championship Game was all said and done, the Crimson Tide rushed for 350 yards.

    One of the key things the Bulldogs can do to get better at run defense is making better tackles and being able to shed blocks faster.

    That's easier said than done, but it's something the Bulldogs have to do in order to take down and elite team like the Tide.

Mental Toughness

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    The one thing Alabama is good at is being resilient.

    No matter what the situation is, the Tide find ways to win, which is why they are the national champions.

    In order for the Bulldogs to beat a team like Alabama, or be a national title contender for that matter, they have to fight though adversity.

    They were able to find ways to win against Tennessee and Kentucky, but could not do the same against the top-ranked teams like South Carolina.

    When the Bulldogs took on the Crimson Tide and were down in the third quarter, they did not blink as they took the lead and never looked back. The Bulldogs need to have that same mentality of they want to take that next step.

Can the Bulldogs Beat Alabama Next Year?

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    The Bulldogs showed that they can play with a team like Alabama in 2012. But do they have what it takes to actually win next year?

    Despite missing a lot of players on defense, the Bulldogs can beat the Crimson Tide next year. The Bulldogs will have one the best offenses in the country and will have a fast and athletic group on defense.

    Both teams are not scheduled to play against each other next year, so the only way they would meet is if they reach the conference championship.

    And if that game was anything like the 2012 edition, it will be another game college football fans will be talking about for years to come.