Joel Klatt On Alabama’s Possibilities To Beat Georgia In Sec Championship | 11.20.23
Joel Klatt believes Alabama faces a giant hurdle whether it is to take down Georgia within the SEC Championship Sport. The Crimson Tide and Bulldogs are set to compete for a convention title for the third time prior to now six seasons, with Alabama profitable each of the earlier matchups in 2018 and 2021.
Georgia acquired its revenge with a 33-18 defeat of the Crimson Tide within the 2021 nationwide championship, and haven’t misplaced since. If the Bulldogs can beat Georgia Tech this Saturday, they’ll surpass Alabama for the SEC’s longest profitable streak with 29 straight victories.
That may arrange an fascinating probability for Alabama to not solely snap the profitable streak but additionally probably make the School Soccer Playoff with a win within the SEC Championship. Klatt joined On3‘s Andy Staples on Monday to debate the matchup, explaining why he thinks the Crimson Tide could have a tricky time maintaining.
“(Jalen) Milroe should play out of his thoughts,” the FOX Sports activities analyst stated. “The type of offense that ‘Bama’s gonna should play in opposition to Georgia just isn’t the type of offense that Georgia usually struggles with, in the event that they do wrestle. You’ve acquired to have an elite passing assault to play with them. That’s what ‘Bama had in ’21 after they beat ’em. That’s what they didn’t have within the nationwide championship sport due to the damage to Jameson Williams.
“Then that’s what Ohio State had earlier than Marvin Harrison left the sport final 12 months. The one different actual sport the place you’ll be able to say, ‘Georgia in all probability ought to have misplaced that sport.’ I don’t know if ‘Bama is constructed, this 12 months, to go forward and beat Georgia.”
Alabama has been pretty common within the passing sport this season, rating ninth within the SEC with 229.0 air yards per sport. They’ve made up for it with Milroe’s speeding capability, however that might not be as efficient in opposition to a Georgia crew that ranks twenty third within the nation in run protection.
That’s to not say Milroe hasn’t had massive video games as a passer this season. Towards Texas A&M, the SEC’s No. 1 run protection, he threw for 321 yards, three touchdowns and an interception. Regardless of speeding for -31 yards, he discovered a solution to get issues happening the passing assault. The identical could possibly be stated for Week 11 in opposition to Kentucky when he completed with 234 yards, three touchdowns and one interception.
He’ll want a repeat of these performances to offer Alabama an opportunity to beat Georgia within the SEC Championship. Kickoff for the competition is ready for 4 p.m. ET on Dec. 2 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.