I finally got up the nerve this past weekend to being watching the replay of the conference title game. But I’m taking it in small, easy to chew sized bites. A few random observations from the broadcast:
- Yes, it was a physical fifteen minutes. It wasn’t in the same ball park as the first quarter of this year’s Georgia-Florida game, though. It just wasn’t. Hatred, ftw!
- Even early on, huge difference between the Alabama offensive line’s pass protection and its run blocking. This was a situation where offensive balance wasn’t such a good thing. Unfortunately, the Tide staff came to realize that, too.
- Tons of attention paid to Jarvis Jones. On the sack that led to Alabama’s first turnover, he was relentless, fighting off two blockers and then pouncing on McCarron.
- And that turnover led to a huge wasted opportunity by Georgia. Georgia’s offensive line was having its share of difficulties in pass protection, too.
- Danielson sure was quick to judge the success of the ‘Bama fake punt call that was wiped out by the delay of game penalty. I’m not as certain, simply because it looked like some of Georgia’s defenders relaxed when they heard the whistle. But what did it say that Saban felt the need to try that so early in the game?
- Great, great run by Gurley to pick up the first down on that second-and-12 play on the last drive of the quarter. He looks like what an SEC back should look like.
- And Murray kicked it in, too, with a gorgeous throw to King that moved the ball into Alabama territory. That was the first moment I felt this year’s Georgia offense wasn’t going to wilt like it did in the 2011 SECCG.
More to come…