If there’s anyone out there who’s qualified to make Alabama-Georgia comparisons, it’s Louisiana-Monroe, the team that’s played both programs.
Safety Tre’ Hunter and receiver Ajalen Holley were concise when scouting both SEC teams’ strengths.
“Alabama is a little bit more versatile, as in the pass game is outside of the box,” Hunter said of the Tide offense. “Georgia is light inside of the box. Alabama can spread you out. Playing in space is always hard. For skilled guys and linemen, playing in space is always hard. There is a bit more to think about than gearing up for box plays.”
Of Georgia’s 1,965 total yards, 52.4 percent have come in the running game. The majority of Alabama’s 1,840 total yards have come through the air. That ratio is 60:40 through four games. Hunter was impressed with Georgia’s between-the-tackles approach led by Nick Chubb’s 71 carries, 599 yards (8.4 average) and six touchdowns.
“They’re awesome,” Hunter said. “That’s what they do. They’re both pretty accustomed to what they know how to do.”
Holley took a deep breath when asked to compare the defenses of Alabama and Georgia. Answers don’t get more specific.
“Alabama’s defense is a lot bigger,” he said. “Georgia’s defense is a lot faster. That’s as good as I can give you right there.”
And how does that translate on the field?
“When it comes to running the ball, I feel like we could be on the edge a little better against Alabama,” Holley said. “When it comes to Georgia, we couldn’t, because they’re a faster outside defense. When it comes to getting downhill, I feel like Alabama is better at filling the gap than Georgia is, because they’re bigger. Their defensive line can fill gaps better than Georgia. That’s from my perspective.”
That ‘Bama run/pass ratio is perhaps the most interesting thing there. Does Junior stick with what he’s been doing, or does he try to test the Georgia defensive front by pounding Derrick Henry more?