One of the most widely-anticipated games in the SEC this season is less than a week away.
No. 13 Alabama hits the road to take on No. 8 Georgia in Athens, Ga this Saturday. It’s a game that some people think may have lost its luster. Two weeks ago, the Crimson Tide lost to Ole Miss in Tuscaloosa 43-37. At 3-1, Alabama’s most striking and impressive win came in their opener against then No. 20 Wisconsin in Dallas. Meanwhile, the Georgia Bulldogs are 4-0, but their most convincing win came at home against SEC East opponents South Carolina.
Still, the two teams are mostly consistent and bring a lot to a stacked conference. And with Georgia still undefeated in the SEC, and Alabama looking for redemption in the conference, the Tide are looking to play the role of David against the favored Goliath’s in the Bulldogs.
“Every Southeastern conference game that we play is very important,” Georgia head coach Mark Richt said in a press conference after defeating the Southern Jaguars 48-6.
“And this is the most important one because we’re playing it this week. And we know it’s going to be a challenge. But it’ll be one of those games that I would guess everyone is going to be at their best.”
On the other hand, Alabama head coach Nick Saban has lapped heaps of praise on his future foes. Saban complimented the Bulldogs balanced offensive attack lead by an exceptional rushing game. He says Greyson Lambert is one of the most efficient quarterbacks in the league. On defense, Saban says defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt has met high expectations when it comes to coaching a fast and talented defensive squad.
“I met [Coach Pruitt] when he was at Hoover,” Saban recalled. “Obviously, he was a player here. He did a fabulous job for us when he was here. Off the field for a couple years, and on the field for a few years. It’s no surprise to me that he has done extremely well as a coordinator at both Florida State and at Georgia.”
Pruitt played for Alabama in the mid-90’s and one of his most recent coaching stints was as secondary coach at the same school.
In a phrase, Saban called the Bulldogs a complete team. As for the coach of that “complete team,” Richt has a chance to surpass Coach Wally Butts’ win total at Georgia. Both Butts and Richt currently have 140 wins, 61 victories short of the legendary Vince Dooley’s record.
You can watch Georgia host Alabama Saturday, October 3, on WRBL News 3 at 3:30EDT.
In other news, Georgia’s road game against the Tennessee Volunteers has been scheduled for 3:30EDT on WRBL News 3 on Saturday, October 10.