If you’re looking for some non-interested parties’ takes on the Georgia-Alabama game, I can steer you to a couple of places.
First, here’s 247Sports’ Barton & Bud. I do think Bud Elliott is right about this:
I do think it is important that Georgia starts fast. I know Georgia has had comebacks, but I don’t like UGA playing from behind. And Alabama safety Jordan Battle is out for the first half for the carryover for the targeting ejection in the second half of the Ole Miss game. Georgia needs to take some shots down the field and connect with them. It is hard to see Georgia winning this game without George Pickens and Kearis Jackson winning down the field.
Especially his starting fast point. The Dawgs won’t survive another slow first half start by the offense against a team as good and explosive on offense as Alabama is.
Meanwhile, Yahoo Sports’ Pete Thamel spoke with some NFL scouts and assistant coaches to get their takes on the two teams’ personnel. A few observations to whet your appetite:
- On Alabama’s defense: “They’ve downgraded at defensive back and their pass rush has taken a hit,” said an NFL scout. “They aren’t generating as much pressure as they usually are.”
- More, on same: “He runs a 4-2-5 and normally plays two [safeties] on the roof,” said a coach. “That’s because his defensive line is so good, they can play a six-man box. That isn’t the case anymore. He has to cheat some sort of coverage, which exposes the nickel.”
- On Georgia’s defense: “It’s as good of as defense as you’ll see in the country,” said an opposing assistant coach. “In the neighborhood of a defense like Clemson back in 2018.”
- More on Georgia’s defense: “They are strong, they play fast,” an NFL scout said. “Lanning has killed it. They have a good rotation, they are deep, they don’t have any holes.”
- Jordan Davis: “He’s a beast,” the coach said. “He looks like [former Bama star] Quinnen Williams playing nose guard.”
- On Alabama’s offense: “Steve Sarkisian is really just toying with you, obviously,” said an opposing assistant. “If he wants to line up and hand [the ball off] 40 times, they are going to win. Throw it 45 times, they’re going to win the game. It’s a matter of what he chooses to do.”
- On Stetson Bennett: “He can’t see it between the tackles,” said an opposing coach. “He does a good enough job not to get them beat. Is he going to take a game over? No.”
Perhaps the most surprising take, and one that honestly doesn’t reflect what’s happened so far this season, is this: “In the SEC, the best defense usually wins. And it’s clear who has the best defense.”
Thamel is predicting a 21-17 Georgia win. All I can say is that if Georgia holds that ‘Bama
defense offense under twenty points, Kirby Smart is truly a wizard.