The Alabama Crimson Tide and Georgia Bulldogs square off Saturday afternoon in Atlanta for the SEC Championship. The time for talk is almost over, and the teams will take the field with more a conference title on the line. The winner of the game will go on to face Notre Dame for the BCS Championship.
We’ve already gone over the reasons Alabama can’t take Georgia lightly; now we’ll put on our crimson glasses and give you three reasons that not only should the Tide roll, but that it might not even be a contest.
The Dawgs ain’t beat nobody.
Georgia is 2-12 against teams who finished ranked among the AP top 25 since 2008. Those two wins were over No. 13 Georgia Tech in 2009 and No. 4 Florida in 2012. Georgia has a history of not showing up in big games, and their twelve losses were all decided by an average margin of 14 points.
Mark Richt is coaching Georgia.
This isn’t a mere jab at Richt; he’s a fine coach, but he’s never been a great coach. Richt racked up an 80 percent winning percentage before Saban, Miles, and Spurrier arrived at their current schools between 2005-2007. His percentage also took a nosedive during the time Urban Meyer was at Florida.
He’s just good enough to keep from getting fired; think Bob Stoops without a national title. If you’re looking for a nice guy who can win close to ten games a year, Richt is your man. But he’ll never lead you to the promised land. If he couldn’t do it with Matthew Stafford, A.J. Green and Knowshon Moreno, he’ll never do it.
The SEC Championship game is almost always a blowout.
Only once in the past 14 years has an SEC Championship game been decided by less than ten points. In 2007 LSU beat Tennessee 21-14 on the way to their most recent national title. Since then, none of the games have been close. In fact, since 1997 the average final score has been 34-15.
With history on the side of the Crimson Tide, we could be looking at a victory along the lines of 30-17 Alabama. What’s your final score prediction?