Good article here on Pro Football Focus’ season grades for the Alabama-Georgia matchups. While I think you’d have to say that overall ‘Bama has an advantage, for the most part, things aren’t that lopsided. There are certainly areas that Georgia has the opportunity to exploit.
But there is one matchup that freaks the hell out of me.
Quinnen Williams is ridiculously dominant.
Now, Quinnen Williams is as unblockable of a defensive tackle as you may ever see in an Alabama uniform. He has 23 run stuffs this season, and is just 4.5 tackles behind Dylan Moses for the team lead, an incredible accomplishment for a player at his position.
Georgia is going to have to be creative with its run blocking if it hopes to have any success running the ball between the tackles (although I have to admit there’s a part of me that says, why bother).
And that’s just running plays. Here’s the rest of Williams’ resume.
The match-up to watch here is Georgia senior offensive center Lamont Gaillard against Alabama nose tackle Quinnen Williams. Gaillard has allowed five quarterback pressures and one sack in 282 pass blocking chances. Williams, on the other hand, has 38 quarterback pressures and eight sacks. For the Bulldogs to have success here, Gaillard is going to have to play the game of his life.
For a nose tackle to have those kind of numbers is insane. As disruptive as DaRon Payne was in the national title game, you can make a good argument without too much effort that Williams is going to be an even bigger challenge Saturday. Gulp.