#13 Alabama (3-1, 0-1) at #8 Georgia (4-0, 2-0)
When: Saturday, October 3rd, 2015
Where: Sanford Stadium, Athens, GA
Time: 3:30 ET
TV: CBS Radio: XM 84
The 13th ranked Alabama Crimson Tide come into this weekend’s game against Georgia as underdogs for the first time since the 2009 SEC Championship Game. That’s a span of 72 games. That alone should be enough motivation for Alabama in this critical SEC contest. Their perfect season ended two weeks ago in a 43-37 loss to fifth-ranked Ole Miss on Sept. 19. It looks like the Tide have finally settled on Jake Coker at quarterback to provide much needed stability to the Crimson Tide offense. Coker threw an interception for the third straight game in last week’s 34-0 win over Louisiana-Monroe, but completed 17-of-31 passes for three touchdowns after splitting duty with Cooper Bateman in the first three games. The Crimson Tide’s rushing attack is led by Derrick Henry, who has 422 yards rushing on the season and averaging 6.3 yards per carry. Alabama’s defense will need to stop Georgia’s rushing attack from opening up passing game. Bama ranks 4th in the Nation holding opponents to 56.8 yards rushing a game.
This will be Georgia’s biggest game in a while and would go a long way into getting into the Playoffs. Georgia features a potent offensive attack led by Heisman candidate running back Nick Chubb, who is 5th in the Nation with 599 yards rushing and 6 touchdowns. Quarterback Greyson Lambert is on fire completing 33 of his past 35 passes for 476 yards and five touchdowns. Overall he’s completing 76% of his passes with 7 TD’s and zero interceptions. The Bulldogs defense has been just as impressive as Alabama’s. They are ranked 14th nationally in yards allowed and 13th in points. Georgia hasn’t played Alabama since they lost the 2012 SEC Championship Game to them 32-28 – a win in that game and Georgia would have played in the BCS Championship Game. This will be Georgia’s biggest test the rest of the regular season. They have four of their next 5 games at home and will be probably favored in every game the rest of the year.
Georgia and their fans are fired up for this one. They have a great chance at beating Alabama here. I just hope they don’t get too hyped up and make mistakes early, because Alabama is still formidable. Coach Richt has been in big games before and I think he’ll have his team focused and give Alabama their 2nd loss of the season.
Pick: Georgia -2