It’s fair to say that the transfer from Ohio State to Alabama has been a marriage made in heaven for both Jameson Williams and the Crimson Tide. Williams got stuck at the back of a stellar Buckeyes wideout room in Columbus. In Tuscaloosa, Ala. had just lost Heisman winning DeVonta Smith and Jaylen Waddle to the NFL.
Alabama head coach Nick Saban recognized the lack of speed from his remaining wide receivers and quickly extracted Williams from the transfer portal. This move has paid dividends for Alabama, with Williams quickly becoming the number one threat Georgia needs to be aware of for the matchup.
Given Georgia’s dominance in secondary, why do the Bulldogs need to be so wary?
Williams has exploded onto the SEC scene. He has had 61 receptions for 1,261 yards this season, resulting in 13 touchdowns. Williams averages 20.7 yards per catch which is a transformation from his time at Ohio State, where he accumulated only 15 catches over two seasons.
With his early ejection from the Iron Bowl, we didn’t get the chance to see how he matched up with a potential first-round corner in Roger McCreary. This matchup would have given us an early indication of how Williams is likely to fare against Georgia’s elite defense.
The Bill O’Brien offense is clicking despite it perhaps not meeting the “eye test” or the high demands of Alabama fans. The offense is much better than it is given credit for as their total offense ranks No.7, with Ole Miss being the only other SEC team ahead of them.
Alabama has only scored three fewer touchdowns than the nation’s leader in offense, Ohio State. Those 61 Alabama touchdowns are also three more than Georgia. So caution has to be used when describing the Crimson Tide offense as misfiring.