For all the chatter about Georgia’s defense versus Alabama’s offense and Georgia’s offense versus Alabama’s defense, there’s been little discussion about special teams. To me, that’s a little shortsighted and even a little strange, given Georgia’s special teams coach.
Anyway, to rectify that a little, I thought I’d do a quick statistical check on the two’s conference rankings (stats, as always, from cfbstats.com).
- Punt returns: Alabama 5th; Georgia 10th. (Note that ‘Bama has only returned one punt in its first three games.)
- Kickoff returns: Georgia 1st; Alabama 12th.
- Opponent punt returns: Alabama 3rd; Georgia unranked. (Georgia has yet to allow a returned punt in its first three games.)
- Opponent kickoff returns: Alabama 2nd; Georgia 6th.
- Punting: Georgia 1st; Alabama 14th.
- Kickoffs: Georgia 7th; Alabama 14th. (Alabama’s touchback percentage is 30.77%.)
Neither team has missed an extra point. Alabama is 2-2 in field goals; Georgia is 7-8.
Alabama’s coverage teams look to be doing excellent work. Georgia has one huge advantage at punter — that could have an impact on field position — and another decent one at kickoff returns. The main thing I see there is that Alabama’s opponents have done an excellent job keeping the ball away from Jalen Waddle. I would suggest that Scott Cochran instruct his charges to do the same.