Thursday, November 29, 2012
SEC Championship 2012,…… My Thoughts,…. Part Two
Yesterday I blogged about the offensive side of the ball comparing both teams, today I’ll feebly try to compare the defenses.
Starting with the defensive lines, most close games are won or lost here. The winner, usually controls the line of scrimmage and this Saturdays game will be won or lost in the trenches.
Georgia has its own version of Terrance Cody in nosetackle John Jenkins. He only has one tackle for a loss but he fills the running lanes well. Depth isn’t a luxury for the Bulldogs either. If Alabama controls the line on offense wearing them done later in the game could be beneficial for the Tide. Alabama on the other hand has more depth and can sub players more often to keep them fresher. Tide nosetackle Brandon Ivory has a sore ankle from last Saturday and may not play. Jesse Williams the starting nosetackle will be backed up by Quinton Dial, Jeoffrey Pagan or Damion Square.
At linebacker, the Bulldogs hold an advantage. This will be the best linebacking squad Bama has faced this year. Or even last year. Jarvis Jones will play some day on Sundays. Keeping him at bay will be almost impossible. His fellow linebackers are close to as good as he is. Jordan Jenkins is an excellent pass rusher. Bama has some very good linebackers of their own in C.J. Mosley, Trey DePriest and Nico Johnson, with Adrian Hubbard at Jack and Xzavier Dickson at strongside linebacker. But with the depth Georgia has they have the advantage here.
Alabama is 3rd in the nation in pass defense and 5th in efficiency defense but as of late,… the secondary has been iffy. Well, for me just not a comfortable feeling. But still, the Tide holds an ever so slight advantage in the secondary. On paper anyway. But that is why the games are played.
The intangibles,… the little things will come into play in this game. Penalties, if going by this season, could become a factor for the Dogs. They rank 10th in the conference averaging 7 yellow hankies a game while Bama averages 4, the fewest of any SEC team. A first quarter collapse like Bama had with Texas A&M could be disastrous but don’t look for that to happen. This should be an epic game and again, the winner plays Notre Dame for all the marbles. The Tide needs to play their brand of football. Ball control, control the line of scrimmage on both sides and avoid penalties and injuries. If that happens the Tide wins 28-17. Roll Tide Roll.