Are Alabama and Georgia Carbon Copies?

Mike Foster@michaelsfosterCorrespondent IAugust 6, 2009

ATHENS, GA - SEPTEMBER 27:  Linebacker Dont'a Hightower #30 of the Alabama Crimson Tide intercepts a pass off the hands of wide receiver A.J. Green #8 of the Georgia Bulldogs at Sanford Stadium on September 27, 2008 in Athens, Georgia.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)

I was watching SEC media day on ESPNU earlier during a segment that talked about Georgia and Alabama's situations at quarterback.

All this had me thinking, and soon slapping myself in the head, going "duh!"

One is in the West, and one is in the East, but the two teams seem to complete mirror images of one another.

I know Florida is the favorite for the SEC crown, but Alabama and Georgia are the next two in line and expect an SEC title for themselves.

Would it not be awesome to see these two strangely similar teams go at it for the first time ever in the SEC title game?

Take a look at all of the team similarities; it is very strange to say the least.


Both Bama and Georgia feature experienced coaches who have SEC titles.

Quarterback Situation

Joe Cox and Greg McElroy are both quarterbacks who waited on the heels of two of the most idolized athletes in their respective states. Both are expected to be nothing more than game managers; guys who execute the offense and make intelligent decisions. Both coaches have extreme confidence in their respective quarterbacks abilities.

Tailback Situation

Running back by committee. UGA loses Knowshon, Alabama loses Coffee. Georgia does not have a named starter, but Caleb King, Richard Samuel, Carlton Thomas, Dontavius Jackson and even true freshman Washaun Ealey are all apparently in the race. Alabama showed off a pretty potent running attack of their own last year, featuring Mark Ingram and Roy Upchurch. Both of those guys are fantastic athletes, and freshman Trent Richardson is Bama's version of Ealey.

No. 8

Julio Jones and AJ Green, enough said. Both are just about the same size (now that A.J. has bulked up). Both are superstar All-SEC members, and both wear the same number.

Defensive Front

Terrence Cody is back as the big man for Alabama, while Georgia returns Jeff Owens. Owens is not quite as large as Cody, but both are not only All-SEC caliber tackles, but major teammates and leaders. I cannot help but see a similarity here.


Georgia has All-SEC caliber linebacker Rennie Curran, and Alabama has one of the best in Rolando McClain. Both are worthy All-America picks and NFL ready athletes (despite Curran being small).

Of course you put in there tradition, the lookin' ladies, the classic uniforms, the giant SEC stadiums, etc.

But really, it is a shame these two teams are not meeting again in 2009, or are they?


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