Alabama and Georgia games never fail to deliver. Alabama Crimson Tide ended Georgia Bulldogs’ 29-game winning streak with a 27-24 victory on Saturday at the SEC Championship game. The last time the Bulldogs lost happened against Alabama in the 2021 SEC Championship Game. The Crimson Tide are now 4-0 in the SEC Championship Games against Georgia. Georgia Bulldogs came into this game a 6.5-point favorite over Alabama. The Crimson Tide have won 11 in a row and they’re rolling. Here’s how they got it done:
Isaiah Bond’s Performance
Alabama football wide receiver Isaiah Bond did everything he could that Nick Saban could ask for from players. Someone to lead and make plays. Someone that would come up when the bright lights are on. Bond did not shy away from this crucial game. He led both teams with five receptions for 79 yards, four of which came on a crucial scoring drive for the Tide in the second half.
Alabama’s Defense Contained the Run and Neutralized Bowers
Defense wins Championships! Defense wins Championships! We hear this often but is nothing but the truth in sports. For 3 1/2 quarters, the Crimson Tide’s defense did a wonderful job and their coaching staff made key adjustments. We knew that Bowers wasn’t 100%. His ankle was bothering him. Georgia had injuries coming into this game, but no sympathy from Alabama. They did a good job making it more difficult for Bowers and their running game. Without Bama’s efficient defense, we might’ve had a different conversation. If there was another quarter, then Alabama football could’ve been in trouble because they allowed 14 points in the fourth quarter. But overall, their defense showed up and was the biggest reason why they won this game.
Nick Saban Had His Players Prepared
You never want to count out Nick Saban. He’s the greatest college coach of all time. His intelligence and preparation for a big game is unparalleled. Nick was ready for this game and knew he was going to have his players ready for Georgia. One of those players is quarterback Jalen Milroe. After the first two games, many people had doubts about him, but look what he did in Atlanta against this tough Bulldogs team. He completed 13 of his 23 passes and threw for 2 touchdowns and no interceptions. The play he made when he went for a run in the last three minutes of the game was huge. Alabama football is not afraid of anyone. Under Nick Saban, he won’t allow that and he knows how to win these games.
Alabama has 13 consecutive seasons with 11+ wins. Alabama hasn’t lost a game in the season since Week 2 against Texas (34-24).
Will this be enough for Alabama to enter the College Playoff Football? Will Georgia be left out of the playoffs? I wouldn’t want either team to be left out. This is why it’s a great idea that the playoffs have been expanded to eight teams in the future. Four teams advancing to the College Playoff Football is not enough. Too many good teams to consider.