All week there was chatter and speculation throughout various media outlets that this Alabama Crimson Tide football team didn’t have a chance to beat the Georgia Bulldogs.
The experts forgot to tell that to the players who actually took the field at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
A convincing 41-24 win secured Nick Saban’s eighth SEC crown during his 15-year tenure. The win also gives Alabama its record 10th win all-time over an AP No. 1 team, breaking the tie with (Miami and Notre Dame).
The win solidified the Crimson Tide’s spot in the College Football Playoff as the No. 1 team.
— Alabama Athletics (@UA_Athletics) December 5, 2021
QB Bryce Young Locks Up The Heisman Trophy Award
A virtuoso performance by Bryce Young ensures that he will head to New York as the favorite to bring the second Heisman in as many years back to Tuscaloosa (DeVonta Smith 2020).
The former Mater Dei product passed for an SEC Championship Game-record 421 yards and three touchdowns while also rushing for 40 yards and another touchdown on the ground.
For his efforts, Young was named SEC Championship Game MVP.
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) December 4, 2021
OC Bill O’Brien Had Perfect Game Plan For Young And Offense
Coming into the game, all the talk was about how Georgia’s stout defense was going to shut down the Alabama offense.
For the season, the Bulldogs allowed only 6.9 points per game, but they also hadn’t faced an opponent with the ability to pass and run. All their previous opponents were one-dimensional.
Nor had they faced a quarterback as skilled as Bryce Young with NFL-level receivers such as the speedy Jameson Williams and John Metchie III.
That lethal duo combined for 13 catches, 281 yards, and three touchdowns.
SPEED SPEED SPEED @bigsgjamo
— Alabama Football (@AlabamaFTBL) December 4, 2021
The brilliance of O’Brien in using the short passing game as an extension of the running game is something we’ve seen him do before as the former New England Patriots offensive coordinator.
This strategy stressed the Georgia defense in a way no one has all season.
Maybe the spoiled Alabama fans will now keep quiet for a couple of weeks and stop calling for O’Brien’s job.
— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) December 5, 2021
Saban Still Has Smart’s Number
Saban is still abusing his former assistant coaches in head-to-head clashes.
Kirby Smart was Saban’s defensive coordinator for four national championships.
Saban’s advantage over the Georgia head coach is Saban knows how to prepare for the schemes that Smart will employ because Alabama runs the same exact scheme.
Saban is now 4-0 against Smart, his former defensive coordinator.
The way Alabama played can be attributed to the greatness of Nick Saban.
After barely escaping archrival Auburn, Alabama needed to handle Georgia impressively.
After allowing seven sacks against the Tigers, the belief was that Alabama would struggle to block Georgia’s front. On Saturday, Bama’s offensive line didn’t surrender one sack.
Saban doesn’t need ammunition, but he sure enjoyed the harmful “rat poison” that was being spewed all week.
He used it to his team’s advantage and now they’re CFP-bound for the seventh time in the event’s eight-year history.
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