Georgia Bulldogs vs. Alabama Crimson Tide
The Georgia Bulldogs and the Alabama Crimson Tide face off on Saturday in the Georgia Dome in the SEC Championship game with a trip to the BCS National Championship going to the winner. The Crimson Tide are -8 point favorites over the Bulldogs with an over/under point total set 51.
The Georgia Bulldogs have navigated their way through their regular season schedule with just one loss but the knock on Mark Richt’s team will be that they didn’t face the toughest teams in the SEC this year missing most of them on their schedule. Georgia didn’t play LSU, Alabama, nor Texas A&M but UGA get a chance to prove themselves here. Aaron Murray has completed 66.6 percent of his passes with 30 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Todd Gurley is averaging 6.5 yards per carry for 1,138 yards and 14 touchdowns and Keith Marshall is averaging 6.7 yards per carry with eight touchdowns. Malcolm Mitchell has 36 catches and four touchdowns, Tavarres King has 24 catches and eight touchdowns, and Marlon Brown has 27 catches and four touchdowns. Defensively Georgia is allowing 17.7 points per game, 163.4 rushing yards, and 174.4 passing yards with 10 interceptions and 24 sacks. Alec Ogletree has 87 tackles, Shawn Williams has 78 tackles, and Jarvis Jones has 71 tackles and 10.5 sacks. Georgia will be making their second trip in a row to the SEC Championship and they are hoping for better results than last year when they lost to LSU.
The Alabama Crimson Tide were ranked number one for most of the season but after a late season stumble against Texas A&M they finished ranked second. Nick Saban’s team is looking to make it back to back National Championships but first they need to win this one to even get to that game where they would face Notre Dame. A.J. McCarron has completed 67.2 percent of his passes with 25 touchdowns and two interceptions. Eddie Lacy averages 6.1 yards per carry with 14 touchdowns and T.J. Yeldon is averaging 6.6 yards per carry with 10 touchdowns. Amari Cooper has 45 catches and eight touchdowns, Kevin Norwood has 26 catches and four touchdowns, and Christion Jones has 24 catches and four touchdowns. Defensively Alabama has been rock solid allowing 9.2 points per game, 77 rushing yards, and 156.7 passing yards with 16 interceptions and 30 sacks. C.J. Mosley has 92 tackles, Trey Depriest and Nico Johnson each have 52 tackles, and Vinnie Sunseri has 51 tackles. Alabama was in the championship a year ago but most of these players weren’t on the roster or starting.
Georgia is 4-1 against the spread following a win, 2-5 against the spread in their last seven neutral site games, and 4-1 against the spread in their last five games overall. Alabama is 6-0 against the spread in their last six neutral site games, 12-5 against the spread in their last 17 SEC games, and 1-4 against the spread against a team with a winning record.
The total in this one is set at 51 but that looks to be a bit too high as this should belong to the defense and the kickers.