Why Georgia Will Win The SEC Championship
– That Jake Fromm guy is pretty good, too. It got lost in the wash, and the stats weren’t that amazing overall, but he was the coolest guy in the room against Alabama in the national championship. He has seen Alabama before in an even bigger moment than this – he’ll be more than fine under the pressure.
There was one bad game this year against LSU, and how did he respond? 17-of-24 for 240 yards and three touchdowns in the win over Florida.
So far in his two years, when he hits at least half of his passes, Georgia is 23-0. When he connects on 50% of his throws or fewer, the Bulldogs are 1-3.
For what it’s worth, Alabama is allowing passers to complete 50.6% of their throws.
– Okay, yeah. Georgia’s secondary will give up yards. But it doesn’t get torched. Alabama lives off of the big pass plays that start the avalanche. Once it gets going – like it did in the second half against Auburn – forget it.
It is possible to keep that from happening.
Mississippi State’s secondary has been among the best in the country at limiting the big-time passing games – giving up a nation-low five touchdowns and allowing a mere 5.4 yards per pass. In the 24-0 loss to Bama, it allowed just 164 yards to Tagovailoa and only one play over 14 yards.
Georgia gives up a mere 5.8 yards per throw – it just doesn’t get hammered all that hard through the air. Deandre Baker is special, and the rest of the young defensive backs are good enough to keep Tua from being Tua.
– Alabama’s run defense is always going to be special, and of course the talent is undeniable. But outside of the run-only Citadel team that game up with 275 yards, who else actually committed to the ground game and stuck with it? Auburn gave it a shot, but it hasn’t been able to run the ball all year. Louisiana ran for 200 yards, but that’s Louisiana.
Georgia can’t be afraid to go smash mouth with a ground attack that’s been able to push past 1,400 yards over the last four games. Yeah, there was the 426-yard day against UMass, but the Dawgs also hit Kentucky and Auburn for over 300 yards.
Don’t be totally stunned if Georgia outgains the Tide on the ground.