The heavyweight fight label has been applied to so many games during Nick Saban’s term in Alabama, and Saturday’s meeting with Georgia was appreciated as well.
We almost believed that no. 2 Alabama will be vulnerable from no. 3 Georgia. Gal defense would be disclosed. Maybe Nick Saban is the middle of the week positive COVID-19 test would be a distraction. Maybe the SEC winner will show his age.
Yes, that didn’t happen. Crimson Tide defeated the Bulldogs 41-24 at Bryanto-Denny Stadium on Saturday. Alabama defender Mac Jones completed 24 of 32 passes for 417 yards and four passes, which hinders him in a Heisman Trophy conversation with Clemson Trevor Lawrence. Alabama (4-0) has taken control of the SEC’s Western race and is to be ranked No. 1 in other college football polls – another conversation involving Clemson.
In other words, the program did not lose a single step with Saban in 2020. Alabama (4-0, 4-0 SEC) is now 16-7 in the top five matches he has led, and Crimson Tide has restored their big ones. game mojo knocking out Georgia (3-1, 3-1 SEC).
Despite the same old questions about whether Georgia can take the national championship step with Kirby Smart, you can make a strong argument that Crimson Tide needed this victory more. After all, the last two top five meetings didn’t make it to Alabama’s path.
No. 1 LSU 2019 November 9 Won no. 2 Alabama 45–41; Before that no. 2 Clemson 2019. January 7 Alabama defeated 44-16 in the college football playoffs. Joe Burrow and Trevor Lawrence took turns shattering the Crimson Tide defense, and some of these issues evolved. halfway against Georgia.
At the time, the Bulldogs were leading 24-20, and Alabama was wrong at the worst. Jones threw the first game of the game out of competition. The invited fourth and second called Georgia just before the quarter. Saban had a handful of side eruptions.
Alabama then dropped the upper part, a 90-meter landing transfer from Jones to Jaylen Waddle, a weapon in the Crimson Tide’s deep threat transfer. Malachi Moore and Daniel Wright arrested Georgia winger Stetson Bennett for the other two assets, and this was prompted by Najee Harris and DeVonta Smith, respectively. Attack coordinator Steve Sarkisian called it a nice game.
Alabama has won the top five matches with Georgia in the regular season, the SEC Championship and the Playoff Championship. Saban are 3-0 ahead of former assistant Kirby Smart, and the Bulldogs are suffering psychological damage as they end the rest of the season unbeaten due to a possible re-match in the SEC championship match.
Crimson Tide still has questions, but it’s not about the power of big games. How to stop this crime? Harris had 31 passes for 152 yards and scored a score against the top rankings in the defense at FBS (38.3 yards allowed in the match until Saturday). Smith (11 catches, 167 yards, two landings), Waddle (six catches, 161 yards, landing) and John Metchie III (three catches, 50 yards, landing) all made it to the final zone.
Alabama’s defense scored 146 yards in the second half and there were no points. The big game Crimson Tide attacked again. In the post-game interview with CBS, Saban used all the analogies of boxing.
Street fight. Fifteen rounds. Lopez-Lomachenko was at the bottom on Saturday night. Since 2007 Saban has survived 23 of these top five matches, and at the age of 16-7 it is easy to reduce their impact.
By the way, there is none in the Alabama regional season. Crimson Tide’s last six opponents are .500 or worse in a four-week SEC game. Alabama is in complete control of the SEC West and could still enter the playoffs by losing the SEC championship match.
It is is what was in danger on Saturday, and Alabama answered the call as usual. There are still more than enough fights for the next country championship run.