It certainly didn't take long for both Alabama and Georgia to put an end to any talk of a slip-up before this weekend's SEC title game. Alabama rolled Auburn 49-0 and Georgia cruised to a 42-10 victory over Georgia Tech.
The result of these wins is that the two teams remain second and third in the BCS standings and will face each other in a pseudo playoff game in Atlanta on Saturday.
The SEC championship will be on the line, but the greater prize is the trip to the 2012 BCS title game against Notre Dame that awaits the winner.
This game will be analyzed, reanalyzed and overanalyzed during the next few days as the nation prepares to see which SEC team will represent the conference's hopes for a seventh consecutive BCS title.
Here is a look at the statistics that may make determine the winner in the SEC championship game.
Alabama leads the all-time series 36-23-3, but the two teams have not met since 2008 and have only faced each other 10 times since 1977.
Alabama averages 39 points per game to Georgia's 38. Defensively, Alabama allows just 9.3 while Georgia is giving up 17.7 per game.
Alabama averages 214 yards per game to Georgia's 190. On defense, Alabama allows 77 per game, while the Dawgs allow 163.
Georgia is passing for 273 yards per game to Alabama's 218. Both pass defenses are stout, with Alabama giving up 156 per game and Georgia giving up 174.
Georgia gains 30 more yards per game than the Alabama offense does, but Alabama allows over 100 yards less per game than Georgia gives up.
Alabama holds a 10.25 to 6.65 advantage on average return yardage. In yards allowed, the Tide wins with a 7.71 average to an 11.38 average allowed by the Dawgs.
On the season, Georgia has picked up seven more first downs than the Tide. However, Alabama's defense has allowed 57 less first downs than Georgia's.
Alabama is penalized for an average of 34 yards per game, while Georgia averages just under 51 yards per game.
Alabama is plus-14 on the season while Georgia is plus-9.
Red zone defense
The conversion rates allowed by both teams are virtually the same, but Alabama has allowed its opponents into the red zone 15 times less than Georgia.
Long scrimmage plays
Georgia has recorded 38 plays over 30 yards to just 27 by Alabama, and it holds the same advantage in 40-yard plays. In long plays allowed, Alabama holds a smaller advantage with the 30-40-yard plays.
Alabama is 2-1 vs. ranked teams, while Georgia is 1-1. Alabama is 4-1 vs. FBS teams with winning records, and Georgia is 2-1.
Alabama beat Florida Atlantic at home by 33, while Georgia beat it by 36. Alabama beat Ole Miss at home by 19, while Georgia beat them at home by 27. Alabama won at Missouri by 32, while Georgia won at Missouri by 21. Alabama beat Tennessee by 31, while Georgia beat the Volunteers at home by just seven. And Alabama beat Auburn at home by 49, while Georgia beat the Tigers on the road by 38.
The Alabama offense holds an advantage of six pounds per man over Georgia's defensive front. Georgia's offense has an 11-pound-per-man advantage over the Alabama defense.
For the record, any statistical categories that were excluded from this breakdown were deemed to be inconclusive and provided no clear advantage to wither team. For example, kickoff returns provide no clear advantage for either team. Nor do sacks, tackles for loss, time of possession or third down conversions.
Do what you will with this information, as it is not in any way opinionated and is purely fact-based.
So, will Alabama or Georgia have the advantage this week? Well, that is why they play the games. You can make your call, however, by voting in the poll.
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