In the SEC matchup of the week, the No. 13 Alabama heads to Athens for a meeting with No. 8 Georgia. The stakes are enormous for both teams. Alabama needs to bounce back from its home loss to No. 3 Ole Miss, and Georgia needs a big win to build its national-title resume, let alone assume control as the best team in the SEC East.
Having been in this situation year-in and year-out, Alabama coach Nick Saban knows what’s at stake and knows how to prepare for yet another huge in-conference matchup.
“I think it’s going to take 11 guys doing their job well to play well against a team that has as many weapons and as much balance as Georgia does,” said the four-time national champion.
A game with already so much riding on it becomes even more intriguing as Georgia’s running back Nick Chubb chases history, trying to surpass Herschel Walker’s consecutive games streak with more than 100 yards. Chubb and Walker are tied with 12.
“Nick Chubb is very strong,” Saban told reporters this week. “Physical. Fast. Explosive. He’s got power. So he is a complete back in every sense of the word. He’s effective in their screen game so you can’t discount him as a receiver in any way, shape or form. This guy is by far the best back we’ve played against all year long.”
Throughout his time in Tuscaloosa, Saban has coached some of the toughest and hardest-hitting defenses in college football, but his team will really be put to the test Saturday with Georgia’s running game.