In fact, the Bulldogs are still probably the favorites to win the East. But mentally, Georgia is toast. He’s also cunning enough to survive in a cutthroat business.
The Bulldogs, meanwhile, added another grim performance to their reputation of flopping in the biggest games. In 2010, the Bulldogs followed an opening-day win with a four-game losing streak.
Saban’s presence on the opposing sideline only underscores the coaching gap between Alabama and Georgia. He’s not happy unless he’s cranky. Over the course of his entire tenure, UGA has the best overall record of any SEC program except LSU, and ranks behind only Ohio State, Oklahoma, and LSU nationally with 14 consecutive appearances in the preseason AP poll.
One thing is for certain: Alabama isn’t out of it. For those who succeed, being called a prick can be a compliment.
“I’ve talked to Dillon, I know he’s been there and he’s been talking about it a little bit – nothing insane but he’s excited about it”, Alabama senior receiver Richard Mullaney said. Georgia’s blackout seemed to have backfired on the Bulldogs. “We said your brother would love for you to go to Georgia and your parents would love for you to go there, but you don’t have to go anywhere”.
Coaching: Alabama outcoached Georgia.
Edwards might have exaggerated the value of the coaches, but his point is on target. How he responds will go a long way in how Georgia evolves in the SEC East and the national championship race.
And Saban was about as close to gleeful as he can get. The Tide authoritatively avoided playoff elimination, while the ‘Dogs remain Team Tease. WEATHER: Temperatures are expected to be in the low-60s with a 100 percent chance of rain and wind blowing across the field around seven miles per hour. I’m not a betting man, so I’ll stay out of it, but man, do I want to see the over on this one. “It hasn’t happened yet”. Richt’s career winning percentage at Georgia (.745) is the best in school history. In 2013, Auburn came within one play of the national title led by a quarterback, Nick Marshall, who was dismissed from Georgia along with two other players over an on-campus theft. But how much weight do the numbers – compiled against paper-thin opposition – really hold? That loss to Mississippi doesn’t disappear off the Tide’s resume.
Georgia (4-1, 2-1) yanked starting quarterback Greyson Lambert late in the first half, but it didn’t matter.
“I’m always looking to do whatever I can to help the team win – whatever that may be”, Lee said.
Alabama does have an elite running back, Derrick Henry, and a defense far stronger than anything Lambert and Chubb have seen this season. Fans have been screaming for the Tide to run the ball and today, Alabama’s stable of backs toted the rock 46 times. Reggie Ragland was all over the field with eight tackles, and he was a big reason why the Bulldogs offensive line could not get any consistent holes for Nick Chubb and Sony Michel.
“I don’t like it”, Edwards said of the game, which is attracting heavy two-way action.
“[That game] turned the page and set the tone for our whole season”. I think Lambert is up to the task. His stats are great.
“Playing defense, (Alabama) is it”, he said, beginning his unsolicited recruiting testimonial. A complete thrashing. It couldn’t have come at a better time for the Tide.
NOTES: The parents of paralyzed Southern University player Devon Gales attended Saturday’s game.
It was a back-and-forth matchup with the Tide holding on in the closing seconds despite a furious last-minute charge by Georgia and quarterback Aaron Murray.