NCAA Football – Week 14
It’s the de facto national semifinal, and it comes in the SEC Championship Game on Saturday afternoon at the Georgia Dome. College football betting fans have to love the fact that they can sink their teeth into this one, as the No. 2 team in the land, the Alabama Crimson Tide take on the No. 3 team in the country, the Georgia Bulldogs for the right to win the SEC and move on to the National Championship Game.
It’s been a great year for Bama, but it hasn’t been perfect by any stretch of the imagination. The team has looked flawless at times, but at others, there have been some flaws for sure. Head Coach Nick Saban would be sure to point out that his defense has been second class at times this year instead of the usual top of the line, and that never showed more than when QB Johnny Manziel ripped the team apart in the one loss of the season. However, since that point, that defense, which many consider to be one of the best in the country, has not allowed a single point. Offensively, QB AJ McCarron has done a good job of managing the game this year. He doesn’t have any outstanding wide receivers, but he has a stable of running backs like you wouldn’t believe. RB Eddy Lacy has led the way with 1,007 yards and 14 TDs, but freshman RB TJ Yeldon isn’t all that far behind with 847 yards and 10 scores.
Georgia started off the campaign ranked in the Top 5 in America, and most thought that that was a bit of a joke. However, Head Coach Mark Richt, a man that was nearly fired just a year and a half ago, has really rallied his troops. The Dawgs have only been beaten three times over the course of the last 24 games, and the team has truly been one of the best in college football. The only blunder came at the hands of the South Carolina Gamecocks, another team ranked in the Top 10 in the country. What is nagging Georgia is its lack of a schedule this year. Sure, the SEC is always tough, but the Bulldogs avoided playing Alabama and LSU in the regular season, and its non-conference schedule was laughable. QB Aaron Murray has 30 TD passes this year, but he has struggled against the best defenses that he has run up against this year. Win this one though, and the path could be paved for Murray to get to New York as a Heisman Trophy finalist next week.
As much as we would like to think that Georgia can stick around in this game, we have to think that the end result of this one is going to be awfully like the end result of last year’s SEC Championship Game. The Dawgs hung around for some time against the Bayou Bengals in that game, but in the end, it was the SEC West that proved to be victorious. There’s no reason to think that that is going to change in this feature game on Saturday. Alabama 31 – Georgia 17