Category Archives: Alabama

That guy

Jeez.  All night long.

Insane is right.  I though Payne was the single best player Georgia faced all season.

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Matt Wyatt’s Film Study: Alabama vs Georgia | CFP National Title Game

If you have the stomach for it, Wyatt provides an excellent breakdown of Georgia’s last game.

This game really was mainly about the three quarterbacks, wasn’t it?

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Brothers in arms

This was a pretty cool post-game moment for the Ridley brothers.

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Player of the game

It’s been a while since I’ve seen an interior defensive lineman dominate a game the way Da’Ron Payne did last night.

DT Da’Ron Payne, 96.4 overall grade

Alabama DI Da'Ron Payne

Payne was a monster all game, both against the pass and the vaunted Georgia rushing attack. On 35 pass-rushing snaps, Payne brought in seven total QB pressures, constantly pushing the interior of the Georgia offensive line back. Although he didn’t record a sack in the contest, he affected freshman QB Jake Fromm on multiple occasions, and that may not even be where he was most effective on the evening. On 32 snaps in run defense, Payne brought in a ridiculous six stops on nine total tackles. Running between the tackles yielded the Georgia rushing attack just 3.23 yards per carry, as Payne was a key cog to stopping the Bulldogs running backs. Likely his last season in Tuscaloosa, Payne put the exclamation point on his career with two strong performances in postseason play, and should almost certainly hear his name called on the first day of the 2018 NFL Draft.

Georgia tried blocking him with almost every lineman at its disposal, and when that didn’t work, went to double-teaming Payne, which had slightly better success at a cost of leaving someone else free.  You can be damned sure he was in Jake Fromm’s head much of the night.

If he turns pro, I won’t miss him.

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Seattle

If you have the stomach to watch it, this is an excellent breakdown of the winning score last night.

Strangely enough, it was the second straight game where the winning play came right at where I was sitting.  It wasn’t Parrish getting beat that gave me a sinking feeling as I watched the play develop; it was the realization that Sanders was out of position and wasn’t going to get there in time.  Evidently the true freshman quarterback saw that, too.

That was the one responsible for Alabama’s left sideline, where Smith scored: No. 24, Dominick Sanders. Tagovailoa explained what he saw.

“They had split safeties,” he told ESPN’s Maria Taylor on the field afterward. “The safety on DeVonta’s side, on the single-receiver side, he tried to disguise his coverage. I tried to look him off. He stayed in the middle. Then I went back outside. It was cover-2 on [the trips’] side, but he stayed inside. I took a shot downfield, and he caught it.”

The disguise Tagovailoa referenced was probably the couple of immediate steps Sanders took toward the front pylon of the end zone, where Smith was ultimately heading. Sanders’ final decision was to cover the middle of the field, where Alabama had a couple of receivers running more horizontal routes.

Smith ran in a straight line. Sanders, the safety, didn’t immediately go to him. Whether that’s because Tagovailoa looked him off, or for some other reason, isn’t clear.

Sigh.

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Let the Big Dawg eat spicy chicken.

Let me go on record categorically stating that any team favoring Zaxby’s over Popeye’s deserves to lose.

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“Hold your breath…hope for the best.”

If you can get past the occasional literary pretension — I’m pretty sure I’ve never seen the term “ousia” used in a college football blog post, or, for that matter, anywhere — there are some good breakdowns of Georgia’s offense, Georgia’s defense and how those units match up with their Alabama counterparts over at Roll Bama Roll worth a read to get a handle on how the other side thinks.

I’ll say this for those guys:  they’re not taking the results for granted.  That in itself tells you how far this Georgia program has come in a short time.

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