This Alabama football info should scare Georgia football fans.
The most pivotal game in the 2020 college football season will happen this Saturday in Bryant-Denny Stadium. Alabama football will play host to the undefeated Georgia Bulldogs. Georgia’s defense has looked overpowered so far in the short season, but they will be tasked with stopping Najee Harris, Mac Jones and Alabama’s trio of star receivers.
Georgia’s offense is nowhere near as potent as it has been in recent years, but that might not matter against Alabama. The Crimson Tide’s defense has been unable to stop anyone, and this game of former defensive powerhouses might turn into a shootout.
There are plenty of reasons for each team to be nervous about this game. The winner has a clear path to the College Football Playoff, while the loser will have no margin for error after this Saturday. Even with Nick Saban possibly missing the game due to his COVID-19 diagnosis, this will certainly be one of the most entertaining games of 2020.
These stats that I found from ESPN should make it tough for the Georgia Bulldogs and their fanbase to sleep at night. Do they mean that Georgia is certainly going to lose? Absolutely not. However, they will be keys for Alabama to win.
Alabama’s starters score on 75% of drives
When you remove the drives to end halves and the drives with Bryce Young under center, Alabama football has scored on 21 of 28 total drives. That would be good enough as a red-zone conversion rate.
Now, will this rate hold up against Georgia’s defense? We’ll have to wait and see. Georgia will have the best defense Alabama faces all year, but Mac Jones is great at making decisions. If his offensive line gives the receivers enough time to run down the field, Jones will cook.
Georgia averages 79 penalty yards a game
Georgia’s defense is certainly stout, and they would love to keep this game as low-scoring as possible. However, their team as a whole averages 79 penalty yards a game this year. These types of errors will have to be fixed before this weekend’s game. Offensively, Alabama can score without being bailed out. Any defensive errors will only boost Alabama’s already-potent offense.
Defensively, Alabama will need Georgia to hurt itself on offense. Any miscues that stall drives will be more than enough to help Alabama win. Georgia needs to play a near-perfect game, and they have too many mistakes from penalties so far.
Najee Harris already has 10 rushing touchdowns
I know that Najee isn’t known for the backbreaking runs for 40 or more yards, but he can always gain the necessary yardage. He seems to never lose yards, and that makes him nearly perfect in the red zone.
Could Kirby Smart and the Georgia Bulldogs beat the Tide? Possibly. If they manage to do so, they will have to overcome these numbers.