Alabama vs. Georgia: Why the Bulldogs Can't Compete with Alabama

T.J. McaloonContributorNovember 24, 2012

TUSCALOOSA, AL - NOVEMBER 24:  AJ McCarron #10 of the Alabama Crimson Tide waits on the sideline in the final seconds of their 49-0 win over the Auburn Tigers at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 24, 2012 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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The SEC Championship game between the Georgia Bulldogs and Alabama Crimson Tide will see the winner go on to play for the BCS Championship Jan. 7. 

This year, like last year’s conference title game, will have the same result for the Georgia Bulldogs; a soul-crushing loss to a more talented team from the SEC West division. 

Last year’s game saw Georgia hang with the LSU Tigers for one half. However, in the second half, the Bulldogs couldn’t keep up with the more talented skill players on LSU’s roster, and they ended up giving up 35-unanswered points. 

This year, against Alabama, the Bulldogs are outmatched in a number of categories. 

For example, the Crimson Tide have the better rushing game averaging 209.4 yards to 192.5 and has allowed a lower average points per game against over Georgia,10.1 points per game to 17.7.

Going even further, Alabama has the better kicking game making 77.8 percent of its field goal attempts to Georgia’s next to last in the SEC conversion percentage of 66.7 percent. 

If Georgia fans are expecting to get some cheap yards from Alabama penalties, then they better think again as the Crimson Tide were the least penalized team in the conference getting flagged only 79 times. In comparison, Georgia was penalized 153 times, good for second-most in the conference. 

However, Georgia will be overwhelmed the most on defense. 

Alabama has Georgia outmatched in almost every defensive category in 2012. 

The Crimson Tide finished with more sacks 28-24, more pass deflections 44-34, intercepted more passes 14-9 and had more yards lost because of a sack 207-160.

Even in the return game, Alabama had an advantage over Georgia. 

Alabama had a disadvantage in kickoff return yards since they returned nine fewer kicks, but they averaged more yards per return than the Bulldogs, 25.5-22.4. 

Last year, Georgia’s momentum was crushed after an LSU punt return in the third quarter. This could be a factor in the championship game as Alabama dominated Georgia in punt returns outgaining the Bulldogs 328-153.

If there’s one comforting aspect of the SEC Championship game it’s that Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray and Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron are playing at an equal pace this year.

Murray and McCarron were first and second in quarterback rating in the SEC with a 174.3-172.4 rating while Murray had the advantage in touchdowns 28-21, yards 2,986-2,291 and yards per game 9.9-9.4.

But after that, McCarron threw less interceptions than Murray, 7-2, and had a higher completion percentage, 66.8-65.7 percent. 

Alabama has the clear advantage over the 11-1 Bulldogs in the SEC championship game. The Crimson Tide should be able to roll past them and into its second-straight BCS Title game.