The SEC Championship Game has evolved to become one of the premier events in college football because, more times than not, there are title hopes on the line for at least one participant.
With No. 2 Alabama facing off against No. 3 Georgia under the big top at the Georgia Dome on Saturday night, the game will act as a de facto national semifinal, with the winner advancing to the BCS National Championship Game to take on Notre Dame on Jan. 7.
The Crimson Tide are getting all of the hype for the event, which suggests that the Bulldogs may be motivated by a perceived lack of respect.
I feel like we are more talented. We have better players at each position, across the board, especially on defense. It's gonna be a great challenge, I know it's gonna be a great battle.
The comments were said in passing, but if Alabama is looking for some bulletin board material, Rambo certainly provided it to the Crimson Tide.
Georgia is being written off to a certain extent. The Bulldogs have put together a solid final month of the season that has seen the defense give up just 304 yards per game.
Quarterback Aaron Murray has thrown 13 touchdowns and zero interceptions in his last four games, completing 73 percent of his passes in the process. Running backs Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall have come back with a vengeance, after the running game went through a mid-season lull at South Carolina and Kentucky.
Georgia may not have more talent than Alabama, but it's certainly playing up to Alabama's level lately.
Because of that, maybe it wasn't the best idea for Rambo to give the Tide anything more to motivate them.
If any team in the SEC should know better, it's Georgia. The Bulldogs clearly took Missouri defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson's comments about "old-man football" to heart, and took out their frustrations by drubbing the Tigers 41-20 in the first SEC game in Missouri history in Week 2.
Georgia isn't a pushover, but the Bulldogs are a mystery because, unlike Alabama, they haven't been in this position before. It's one thing to play for a conference title. It's entirely different to be one win from a spot in the BCS National Championship Game.
Rambo's comments, even in passing, are an indication of that.
There is already a lot on the line on Saturday afternoon in the Georgia Dome, and Georgia would be better served to not give Alabama any more motivation than it already has.
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