We all knew this college football season would have many twists and turns. Unfortunately, Covid-19 hit Bama hard Wednesday afternoon. Head Coach, Nick Saban, and Athletic Director, Greg Byrne, both tested positive for the virus. Their positive test results coincide on the week of the most anticipated college football game of the year – when the Georgia Bulldogs and Alabama Crimson Tide square off Saturday night in Tuscaloosa. Both teams come in undefeated, both fan bases have circled this game, and judging by practice reports, both squads are ready to rumble.
During the offseason, UGA hired Todd Monken to bring a more dynamic offense to Athens. So far this season, Georgia’s offense seems to have stayed on consistent to the previous four seasons under Kirby Smart. We must note that a few of their quarterbacks have not panned out like they had hoped. UGA has opted for the ground and pound philosophy, which has opened the door for former five-star running back, Zamir White. White enters the game with 209 rushing yards and only averaging 3.9 yards per carry, his highest carry total came last week against Tennessee (22 attempts). In all honesty, that may not seem like a substantial number, but after the Crimson Tide’s abysmal performance against Ole Miss, there is cause for concern.
Zamir White is the wild card in this game because Georgia will try to control the clock and keep the vaunted Crimson Tide offense on the side lines. The Rebels ran for 264 yards on Bama’s defense last Saturday night, causing great concern and mild panic for most Tide fans, including myself. If Ole Miss was able to have that kind of success, Bama fans are quite nervous about what UGA could do. I will be watching closely at the defensive line. If Dale, Baramore, Allen and Anderson are able to create interior pressure and force White to the outside, then Bama will be able to force Georgia to beat them through the air. Make no mistake, Zamir White is a load to bring down and he often runs through contact (38 missed tackles against Ole Miss also does not inspire confidence in the Bama D). If White is able to consistently get to the second level against the Tide, it could make for a long Saturday night. Alabama’s defense MUST improve and I believe they will. The Tide Rolls late.
My prediction for the game is:
Final Score- Alabama 34 Georgia 23
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Cory Dees is an Alabama football and recruiting analyst for Team Tide Talk. Follow him on Twitter @CDees247. Always feel free to reach out with questions and comments. Roll Tide.
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