The heavyweight fighting designation was applied to several games during Nick Saban’s tenure in Alabama, and Saturday’s showdown with Georgia received the same treatment.
We thought No. 2 Alabama would be weak against Georgia No. 3. Maybe The defense will be exposed. Maybe midweek by Nick Saban Positive COVID-19 test It would be a distraction. Perhaps the prize fighter will appear in the SEC of his age.
Yes, this did not happen. The Crimson Tide defeated the Bulldogs 41-24 at Bryant-Denny Stadium on Saturday. Alabama midfielder McJohns finished 24 of 32 passes at 417 yards and four touchdowns, keeping him in Heisman Trophy chat with Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence. Alabama (4-0) dominated the SEC West race and has an issue that should rank first in upcoming college football polls – another conversation involving Clemson.
In other words, the program didn’t lose a step with Saban in 2020. Alabama (4-0, 4-0 SEC) is now 16-7 in its top five matches under his leadership, and Crimson Tide has re-established its big-game Mojo by hitting Georgia (3- 1, 1-3 seconds).
Despite the same old questions about whether Georgia can take the national championship move with Kirby Smart, you can make a strong case that Crimson Tide needed that victory more. After all, the last of the top five encounters did not go the Alabama route.
No. 1 LSU won second place in Alabama 45-41 on November 9, 2019; Prior to that, No. 2 Clemson beat No. 1 in Alabama 44-16 in the College Football Playoff match on January 7, 2019. Joe Burrow and Trevor Lawrence took turns tearing up the Crimson Tide defense, and some of these questions arose in the first half against Georgia.
The Bulldogs drove 24-20 at that point, and Alabama was making mistakes at the worst time. Jones threw an objection to the game’s first in-game melee. The offside call set up fourth and one touchdowns in Georgia just before halftime. Saban had a bunch of side swept bangs.
Alabama then threw a large pass in the form of a 90-yard drop pass from Jones to Jaylen Waddle, a go-to weapon in a very threatening Crimson Tide attack. Malachi Moore and Daniel Wright intercepted Georgia Stetson Bennett’s team on the following possessions, resulting in relegations from Survivor Harris and Devonta Smith, respectively. Attack coordinator Steve Sarkissian called a nice game.
Alabama has now won the first five matches against Georgia in the regular season, the SEC Championship Game and the Championship Game in the last four seasons. Saban is 3-0 against former assistant Kirby Smart, and the Bulldogs face the psychological burden of ending the remainder of the season unbeaten for a potential rematch in a SEC Championship match.
The Crimson Tide still has questions, but it’s not about the big game credentials. How to stop this crime? Harris had 31 holders for 152 yards and a point against the highest-rated impulse defense in FBS (38.3 yards per match is allowed before Saturday). Smith (11 catches, 167 yards, two landings), Waddle (six catches, 161 yards, two landings) and John Metchie III (three catches, 50 yards down, one) all have reached the finish zone.
The Alabama defense allowed 146 yards and no points in the second half. The big Crimson Tide is back on the offensive. Saban used all of the boxing analogies in a post-match interview for CBS.
Street fight. Fifteen rounds. Lopez-Lomachenko was the holder of the secret card on Saturday night. Saban has gone through 23 of those types of five best matches since 2007, and it’s easy to diminish their impact when you’re 7-16.
However, in Alabama there is no one left in the regular season schedule. The last six opponents of Crimson Tide are 0.500 or worse within four weeks of playing the SEC. Alabama fully controls SEC West and can still wobble in the playoff with a loss in the SEC Championship match down the streak.
This He was not at stake on Saturday, and Alabama answered the bell as usual. There is still enough fight to take another national championship.