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ATLANTA — If earning large praise from the media or getting an underdog by the oddsmakers is rat poison for the Alabama Crimson Tide, then participating in the Crimson Tide should be strychnine for the Georgia Bulldogs.
Soon after cruising to a 12- record and sitting down atop the College Soccer Playoff range committee’s rankings given that the commencing of November, the Bulldogs out of the blue appeared like the 2nd-ideal workforce in their league right after a 41-24 reduction to the Crimson Tide in Saturday’s SEC championship game.
It was Georgia’s seventh straight reduction to Alabama, which include four at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in both the SEC championship recreation or CFP nationwide championship. Georgia coach Kirby Good fell to -4 towards his previous mentor, Alabama’s Nick Saban.
It was an all-too-common final result for Georgia followers from the Crimson Tide.
“It did not do any destruction,” Smart mentioned. “What it did was reinvigorate our electricity. It re-centers you, correct? Their best detail is when [the Tide] lost their sport against Texas A&M, they garnered some concentrate and some notice. To me, that is an opportunity for a wake-up get in touch with, if anything at all.”
Even with the humbling defeat, the Bulldogs are however expected to be between the 4 groups picked out for the playoff on Sunday (midday ET, ESPN and ESPN App).
“Which is not for us to determine that, you know what I signify?” Sensible claimed. “Surely, I experience like we are, but it truly is not our occupation to determine that. It is really the committee’s.”
Following surrendering just 6.9 factors for each recreation in the initial 12 game titles, the Bulldogs’ vaunted defense was gashed for factors on five straight belongings by the Tide. Alabama had 536 yards of complete offense Ga experienced been surrendering 231 per sport in advance of Saturday. The Bulldogs hadn’t surrendered additional than 17 points to an opponent until finally participating in the Tide.
Georgia had 449 yards of offense, but quarterback Stetson Bennett threw two interceptions, like a pick-6 in the second 50 percent. The Bulldogs went just 3-for-12 on 3rd downs.
“I am disappointed [with] how we performed,” Intelligent claimed. “Give Alabama a great deal of credit score. Give their protection and Bryce Young and their offensive skill gamers a ton of credit history. They performed really nicely, very exact, explosive, and [Young] is tricky to get down on the ground, which caused us a whole lot of troubles defensively. But we won’t be able to turn the ball about and give up 60- and 70-yard passes and expect to be successful. For the most aspect this yr, we’ve executed well. We didn’t execute perfectly tonight, and that experienced a good deal to do with them.”
Alabama’s offensive accomplishment in opposition to Georgia was surprising due to the fact the Tide struggled to transfer the ball in their previous activity, a 24-22 victory in 4 overtimes at Auburn in the Iron Bowl.
“The narrative out there was, properly, they just went to Auburn and they really struggled,” Good claimed. “Some of the sacks they gave up, their attackers failed to even get out of stance. The crowd noise was a main impact there. Auburn performed [man-to-man coverage] just about each individual one enjoy, and they gained a large amount of the battles we didn’t get tonight.”
Georgia struggled to get stress on Youthful, who threw for 421 yards with a few touchdowns on 26-for-44 passing. It was the best passing total in SEC championship game heritage. Tide receiver Jameson Williams had 7 catches for 184 yards with two scores.
“He is a wonderful participant,” Bulldogs linebacker Nakobe Dean claimed of Young. “We realized that coming in. He’s really elusive. He runs the offense very well. He did a fantastic task trying to keep his eyes downfield and steering clear of our move hurry. I sense like the move rush and the recovery’s got to get the job done hand in hand. Him remaining ready to maintain his eyes downfield and make sure throws seriously allows them.”
Georgia can only hope that history repeats alone from 2017, the last time they achieved the CFP. For the duration of that year, the Bulldogs had been flattened 40-17 at Auburn in their only decline of the standard period. They arrived again to defeat the Tigers 28-7 in the SEC championship game.
Dependent on what the playoff bracket looks like on Sunday, Ga could possibly get but a further shot at Alabama.
“We just didn’t perform our finest recreation currently,” Bennett reported. “They did. Can’t convert the ball around. Just very little mental lapses. That can’t take place. We’re likely to get the job done setting up [Sunday]. With any luck , get ready for whoever we participate in future.”