2. Mike Bobo had another tough day at the office
Georgia’s offense stalled at times against Alabama, and most of the blame can be placed at the feet of offensive coordinator Mike Bobo.
Things started off strong for the Bulldog offense. Their first drive was an 8-play, 83-yard march that was capped off by a 17-yard Kendall Milton touchdown run.
It was downhill for a while after that.
Three of the next four Georgia drives ended in punts. Two of those three drives were three-and-outs, and the other was just a five-play possession. Through three quarters, the Bulldogs could only manage 10 points, and Alabama had them doubled up with 20.
Bobo’s offense made a late push to put together a respectable stat sheet, but it was too little, too late. Both of Georgia’s fourth-quarter touchdowns came with Georgia down double-digits.
One of the key moments of the game came with 2:14 left in the third quarter. At their own 17-yard line, Bobo called a reverse that resulted in a fumble, giving Alabama the ball at the Bulldog 11. The execution failed, yes, but the risk wasn’t worth the potential reward in the moment.
Mike Bobo has been criticized by Georgia fans all year, and while the talent of the offense has overwhelmed lesser opponents, Bobo’s playcalling flaws have shown up time and time again in matchups with tough defenses.
Those flaws are especially apparent in a game like this. Beating Alabama is about more than talent, and Saturday’s result proved exactly that. If Kirby Smart is going to get over the Nick Saban hump (more on that in the next slide), he’s going to have to upgrade his offensive coaching staff.