This is just a series of thoughts I’ve had this week about today’s game that I couldn’t fit into a post.
- It’s funny that one of the biggest concerns before the season started – the number of scholarship players on the roster – never really bit the Dawgs in the butt. And now they face their polar opposite on roster management.
- Speaking of which, how does Georgia lose two starting receivers, plug in other guys on the roster and keep on keeping on, while it’s Alabama that’s talking about taking a redshirt off a kid today to replace a wideout who’s lost for the season?
- The biggest difference between ‘Bama and Georgia this season is consistency. Georgia knows what it’s going to get from its opponent. But which set of Dawgs – defensive in particular – shows up, the first half of the season team, or the second half?
- To all the pundits who’ve decided that Alabama’s superior to Georgia at running back because of the offensive line play – aren’t you really saying that Gurley and Marshall are better?
- Aaron Murray isn’t going to stress the ‘Bama defense the way Johnny Manziel did. But he’s gonna have to match Mettenberger’s success against the Tide for Georgia to have a good chance today.
- Really hope this game doesn’t turn out to be a field goal duel. One good thing working against that possibility is that Georgia is actually the better team at converting red zone opportunities into touchdowns.
- Any Dawg happier not to be playing a triple-option offense today than Jarvis?
- When anyone says Alabama has the coaching advantage today, what specifically is that about? Preparation? In game adjustments? I’m not arguing with the assessment, mind you, just wondering where it shows up.
- You’d think the biggest impact roster numbers would have in a game like this would be on special teams. So I’m hoping that the improvement we’ve seen over the past few weeks in Georgia’s kickoff and punt coverage work doesn’t turn out to be a mirage today. Especially when I look back at what the Honey Badger did in last year’s SECCG.
- Maybe it’s just me, but I sense the pundit class is willing to concede the possibility of a Georgia win far more this year than last year. I wonder how much of that is due to Bama losing to TAMU at home and how much of it is due to Georgia having one less regular season loss than it did in 2011, thus making the SECCG equally meaningful to both teams.