Maybe not so different

No question that, in my very humble opinion, Tua Tagvailoa has been the best quarterback in college football this year.  That’s not meant as a knock on Kyler Murray, who’s been phenomenal as well, but the way Tua has elevated Alabama’s offense is what separates him from the pack in my mind.

So while I’m not putting Jake Fromm in the same class, it’s also not as if Georgia’s giving up that much ground with Fromm, as this comparison shows.

Which supporting cast gives their quarterback the most help and which defensive front has the greater impact are going to be the issues that separate the two Saturday.

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18 responses to “Maybe not so different

  1. gastr1

    I agree. I think for many–myself included– Jake Fromm’s remaining challenge is if he can carry the team when the run game isn’t as successful. That’s what separates the QBs from each other, IMO.

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    • Biggus Rickus

      He was doing a good job of it for two and a half quarters last year. The only play after that I really ding him for was the missed pass to Swift on Georgia’s final possession in regulation. Otherwise, the Alabama defensive line took over the game.

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    • Derek

      That’s it. Hard to do from the pocket. Only guys like Brees and Brady can survive without run support.

      So either Fromm becomes that OR we actually block enough to run the ball in the 4th OR we lose. Pretty simple.

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  2. kfoge

    I still think Jordan Davis is going to be the key…he has improved week after week and hopefully can disrupt the Alabama O-line.

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    • W Cobb Dawg

      And Tyler Clark was big in last year’s post-season games. Wish we had David Marshall back – he’s a clutch DL too. Is it too much to ask that Marshall and Rice have remarkable recoveries?

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  3. I think Fromm throws and reads defenses as well as anyone. His one drawback is his inability to scramble and turn that scramble into a long gain.

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  4. Uglydawg.

    No doubt Kyler Murray is a fantastic QB.
    But his numbers wouldn’t be as gaudy if he faced teams that play defense.
    That’s something to consider about Fromm and Tua…they have faced some pretty good defenses.

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    • Macallanlover

      Put Kyler Murray at the controls of this Alabama team and I don’t think there is any change. He can pass as well as Tua, and runs even better. Not a knock on Tua, but Kyler Murray is phenomenal. Imagine stepping in after the season Baker Mayfield had and no falloff in the OU offense…incredible. And Murray does it without the drama of a Mayfield. Tip of the cap to him, even though this is the last season he plays football.

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      • ASEF

        I have yet to see Murray throw a TD pass over the top to a guy with exactly 1 step. Tua tosses about one of those a game. Murray is exceptional, but he’s hitting wide open guys with NFL speed being trailed by B12 LBs and dime backers.

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        • Macallanlover

          Cannot disagree about Tua’s accuracy in long passes over the top with tight coverage, he has been phenomenal all season with at least one every game. I think Murray may be more accurate on intermediate throws and is faster.

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  5. Seattle Dawg

    I’m a little surprised by the favorable comparison, yet That Much Ground is the difference between winning and losing the championship. In short, Fromm is likely not good enough. He’s very good. Likely not good enough by That much.

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  6. ASEF

    Tua’s down-field vision and ability to run make him a tougher task to defend than Fromm, but both are craftsman when it comes to spinning it. On paper, Fromm is going to see more pressure Saturday while Tua will see less. That ain’t good.

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    • Macallanlover

      This is the key, Fromm is facing a much better defense, imo. Our defense is good, their defense has no obvious weakness. Not saying we cannot move the ball, and score, against Bama, but we will have to push the right buttons at the right time to catch them out of position or in the wrong matchup. No one weakness to exploit on a macro basis, we have to be precise everytime they stumble and leave a slack crack in the door.

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  7. 904Dawg

    The last point you made, regarding the d-line, is what keeps me from feeling like the Dawgs have a good chance to win on Saturday. As you mentioned in another post, Gilliard is going to have to play the game of his life against the best NT if not the best overall defensive lineman in college football. No one has been able to slow down Q. Williams this year but Gilliard is one of, if not the best center Williams will see this year so maybe Gilliard will be able to do enough to allow our playmakers to make plays. Also, hopefully Cheney and Pittman have a few good plans to contain Williams.

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