Keys to the game:
Key #1: Get Todd Gurley going quickly. Find him some run lanes to hit. Establish some run game success. At the point of attack, David Andrews will be brawling with Alabama nose tackle Jesse Williams. This match-up is big. Lee & Burnette will assist in handling Williams. Can't allow this guy to disrupt the run game. Coach Bobo will probe the Alabama front with a few different run schemes to see what can be effective. Need to run it effectively some, so they can't just gang up against our protection schemes in the passing game.
Key #2: King & Mitchell are going to have to make some tough catches in tight coverage. The Tide likes to play a lot of underneath man coverage, with safety help over the top. Windows will be small. There will be some bumping going on. Got to make the tough catch in traffic. Also, big plays in the passing game would be huge too. One thing I learned many years ago about playing against top CB's is this: try and take advantage of their aggressiveness...double-moves can get them to bite, trying to make the big play. So, go after Dee Milliner some. Both Tavarres and Malcolm are dangerous, big-play guys. Dial up a few double-move routes (out and up, slant-and-go).
Key #3: Give Aaron Murray enough time to read coverage and get rid of the ball. Keep the pocket clean. Theus on Adrian Hubbard is a key match-up.
Key #4: Hold on to the ball. Can't win this game with turnovers. The defense is playing tough. Punt it and let those guys Hunker Down. Turnovers would be a killer.
1. Don’t be too emotional.
One of the concerns I have about Saturday is UGA coming into the Georgia Dome overhyped and too emotional. This leads to personal fouls, excessive celebrations, roughing the quarterback penalties, and losses in big games. Bama has been in this moment often under Nick Saban while this is Georgia’s first opportunity in 30 years. Expect Bama to play disciplined and within themselves. The Dawgs have to match this same discipline.
2. Murray Can’t Kill Georgia
Bottom line Aaron Murray has played awful against great defenses since he’s been at Georgia. He single handledly cost us the South Carolina game in 2011 and tried to cost us the Florida game this season. Murray also gets severely rattled when he gets hit often (see 2011 SEC Title Game and 2012 South Carolina game). Murray needs to take the pressure off himself. He doesn’t have to go out Saturday and throw for 300 plus yards. Murray just needs to be smart, hit a few 3rd and 5-8 yard throws, with one or two big passes down the field. If Murray gets through Saturday without turning the ball over, Georgia will beat Alabama.
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These teams are close statistically:
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