Georgia is the higher-ranked team, Georgia is playing at home, and Georgia is favored to win. That sounds like a guaranteed W.
Only the opponent is Alabama.
Will the Bulldogs be able to get it done Saturday in Atlanta? Especially after so many people have written off the Tide after they lost to Ole Miss?
“Yeah, look, nothing would be better around here to give them their second loss and tell them in the first week of October, ‘You’re done. Go watch everybody else fight for one of those four spots,’” 680 The Fan host Chris Dimino said on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “(Georgia is) as talented (as Alabama), Scott. I’ve been here 22 years, and I can tell you psychological edges, home-field advantages, Nick Saban versus Mark Richt – all that stuff can go out the window because Georgia is just as talented. What they did last week with four offensive guys – Greyson Lambert has been really good the last two weeks, Nick Chubb is a given, but Sony Michel and Malcolm Mitchell sort of make it a more difficult team to get ready for.”
Georgia was unstoppable in its 52-20 win over South Carolina on Sept. 19. Lambert was 24-of-25 for 330 yards and three touchdowns, Chubb rushed 21 times for 159 yards and two scores, Michel had 83 total yards and three touchdowns (one rush, two receiving), and Mitchell had eight grabs for 122 yards and a touchdown.
“Even (for) Nick Saban, it’s only a week (to prepare),” Dimino said. “And if you got to get ready for four parts in a week, it’s going to be a little bit tougher than maybe it’s been in years past.”
But will Georgia actually win?
“I’m not telling you they’re going to win; I am going to tell you there is no sort of reason why they’re not supposed to win this football game when you add up everything they are talent-wise and throw in home-field advantage,” Dimino said. “It’s sort of a (question of) if not now, when? Mark Richt, you know everything there is to know about what his legacy is down here after 15 years. Why is it everybody else who gets a chance to celebrate a national championship or more SEC championships? This is the year that it is all lined up for them. I mean, it is flat out all lined up for them to be a better football team than they’ve been in a long time.”