Georgia vs. Alabama: 6 Questions 2015 game could answer

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Dec 6, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver DeAndrew White (2) and his teammates celebrate with the SEC sign after the 2014 SEC Championship Game against the Missouri Tigers at the Georgia Dome. Alabama defeated Missouri 42-13. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Georgia vs. Alabama is one of the big games in the SEC in 2015, and the outcome could have a ripple effect on a lot of things later in the season.

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The Georgia Bulldogs and Alabama Crimson Tide don’t meet often on the football field, certainly not often enough. Despite being next door neighbors geographically and residing in the Southeastern Conference, there is a natural antipathy between these two states and institutions. So when they do get to meet, fans are usually treated to something pretty special.

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When the 2015 schedule was released, fans on both sides of the battle were circling October 3 on their calendars.

The last time Georgia and Alabama met was in the 2012 SEC Championship game, one of the greatest games in the history of the series, as well as the history of that game. It came down to a last second pass by Georgia’s Aaron Murray that was short of the end zone and a Bulldogs victory.

Taking it back even further, Alabama hasn’t visited Athens, Ga. since 2008, when the Crimson Tide washed over a Georgia blackout and dominated the Bulldogs in a 41-30 win that was nowhere near as close as the score indicates. That game was in revenge for the 2007 Bulldogs’ 26-23 overtime win in Tuscaloosa, when Matthew Stafford connected with Mikey Henderson to stun the fans at Bryant-Denny stadium.

Alabama holds a 37-25-4 record advantage over the Bulldogs, with a very close average score of Alabama’s 16.6 to Georgia’s 12.1 all-time. Rarely is there a blowout when these two teams meet.

In 2015, the game has far-reaching implications for both teams, who seem to be trending in different directions. Here are the six biggest questions and effects the outcome of this game could hit on.

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