2. Georgia defense holds Alabama to 200 passing yards
Georgia football should feel confident in their ability to stop Alabama’s rush attack, but the big key this week will be containing that pass attack to under 250 yards and ideally around 200 yards.
The Tide averages 341.83 yards through the air and 9.28 yards an attempt on the season, so holding them to this prediction will be a challenging task.
Georgia’s defense is the conference’s No.1 pass defense, giving up 150.8 yards a game.
The most passing yards that Georgia has given up this season came against Tennesee, who threw for 332 yards and two touchdowns. Since that game, the Dawgs have given up 58 and 73 passing yards, and while it was against Charleston Southern and Georgia Tech, the secondary did a great job at avoiding mistakes and giving up big plays.
Kelee Ringo, Lewis Cine, Derion Kendrick, Dan Jackson and hopefully Christopher Smith are five guys who need to keep their heads on a swivel Saturday evening. This Alabama team wants to make teams pay with explosive plays through the air, especially with Jameson Williams and John Metchie.
Those two wideouts are two of the best in all of college football, so the Dawgs need to contain them. Alabama will make plays because they’re talented, but the key will be avoiding big plays or a lot of yards after the catch. If the Dawgs can tackle well in space and stay aggressive without giving up too many pass interference calls, they should be able to do enough to help the offense win the game.
These wideouts know how to “flop,” meaning they know how to sell aggressive coverage and get referees to throw flags, but Georgia is one of the least penalized teams in the country. While that ability would work in the past, this week, the Dawgs will show how disciplined they are and a talented secondary.