It’s not quite a 1980 USA vs. Russia in the Olympics set up, there maybe nine of ten times, the upset would not happen.
But Georgia is still the underdog. And that is nothing against this Bulldogs team - it’s more about the team that it’ll line up against.
For much of this year, our three keys to a win have centered on how Georgia could avoid an upset. Now, it’s a different dynamic as the Bulldogs go from the hunted to the hunter.
If Georgia does these three things, it has a good chance to win.
Maximize The First Half
If there is a weak point in Alabama as of late, it’s how it’s started games...Nick Saban said as much earlier this week on the coach’s teleconference. The Tide struggled for a half against not just The Citadel but Auburn as well. To say that it is critical for Georgia to take advantage of any letdowns by Alabama in the first half and put up points is, needless to say, crucial.
Eliminate ‘chunk’ plays
The worst thing to stunt momentum for a Georgia defense with a point to prove on Saturday - big plays. Momentum will be king in this game - Georgia can ill afford to give up long-yardage plays - they will keep Georgia’s offense on the sidelines and worse, put points on the board for Alabama.
We saw it last year in this same building. Bad breaks - turnovers, bad calls - they will happen. In short, the Dawgs need to play well enough to overcome breaks that they will not get.