Alabama Football didn’t beat Auburn so much as it escaped Jordan-Hare Stadium in one of the most fantastic finishes in Iron Bowl (and college football) history. Although it was ugly, Bama simply needed to win the game to keep its College Football Playoff hopes alive, and it did just that.
With the victory, Alabama Football improves to 11-1 for the season and wraps up its SEC regular season with an 8-0 record. It is now preparing for its biggest game of the year, a top-10 showdown in Atlanta against the Georgia Bulldogs with the SEC Championship and a probable playoff spot on the line.
Just like Alabama, Georgia did not look like a convincing or dominant team in rivalry week. The Bulldogs rested three of their top receivers, and quarterback Carson Beck had his worst game of the season. Still, the defending champs were able to lean on the ground game, led by a career day from running back Kendall Milton.
Georgia Tech stayed competitive, and found success of its own in the ground game. Like Auburn, the Yellow Jackets ran for over 200 yards against their highly favored rival.
Georgia ultimately controlled the football game, but the 31-23 end result was a lot closer than many Bulldog fans were comfortable with.
So, what does it mean that the SEC’s two best teams are coming off uninspiring wins against inferior opponents?
In reality, probably nothing, These are two elite football teams that are set to engage in a war in Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Although neither squad played their best game in rivalry week, both teams have a championship pedigree and will rise to the occasion in this setting.
If anything, down performances by Alabama Football and Georgia will lead to sharper execution and increased intensity from both sides in the SEC Championship game. This will truly be a clash between two college football titans.