With the biggest cross-divisional SEC matchup to date coming up Saturday between No. 13 Alabama and No. 8 Georgia, a pecking order may soon begin to reveal itself in a conference loaded with good teams. These two teams that haven’t played one another since 2012 so they certainly don’t have a good read on one another.
The only people on the planet that can say they have any real clue as to this game might turn out are those that have faced off against both teams this season. Yes, there is one.
Louisiana-Monroe was tossed aside by Georgia 51-14, and this past weekend Alabama took it to them, 34-0. So, yeah, the Warhawks feel they have a little insight into the big SEC matchup.
In a fairly detailed analysis of both offenses, ULM safety Tre’ Hunter told reporters: “Alabama is a little bit more versatile, as in the pass game is outside of the box. Georgia is light inside of the box. Alabama can spread you out. Playing in space is always hard. For skilled guys and linemen, playing in space is always hard. There is a bit more to think about than gearing up for box plays.”
I think that’s as close as Hunter is going to come to saying that Alabama’s offense is tougher to defend than Georgia’s.
Receiver Ajalen Holley wasn’t quite as sure of Bama’s edge: “Alabama’s defense is a lot bigger. Georgia’s defense is a lot faster … When it comes to running the ball, I feel like we could be on the edge a little better against Alabama. When it comes to Georgia, we couldn’t, because they’re a faster outside defense… I feel like Alabama is better at filling the gap than Georgia is, because they’re bigger. Their defensive line can fill gaps better than Georgia.”
The countdown to kickoff is on and only one thing’s for sure, it’s a must-win for both squads.