Georgia football, Alabama downplay rematch angle for 2022 national championship game


Georgia quarterback Stetson Bennett took a humorous approach to the Georgia-Alabama revenge angle.

The two teams met in the SEC Championship game on Dec. 4, with Alabama winning 41-24. Georgia will obviously have to make adjustments. The Crimson Tide will be too.

“Obviously when we go out on the field, I’d rather Alabama change something to email us this week,” Bennett asked. “I would love that, but I guess they won’t. So we are going to prepare with what they recorded. We’re going to stick to their trends, like I do every week, and be prepared to adapt.

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Bennett was caught twice in the loss. Georgia’s defense was also burned out by Bryce Young, who pitched for an SEC Championship game record of 421 yards. He scored pitched for three touchdowns and ran for another. Perhaps most impressive, Young was not sacked in the victory.

All this against the best defense in college football. Georgia can try to do different things in a schematic fashion, but as head coach Kirby Smart pointed out, the Bulldogs just need to make more plays.

“Someone has to win one on one. And a lot of times you’re better under pressure when you’re not on the court for that long and winning third downs, ”said Smart. “We had some really critical losses on the third down which, hey, they didn’t beat us. We broke. And you can’t do that, not and beat a good soccer team. You give them extra shots every time that happens, and you can’t do that.

Georgia was much more successful against Michigan when the defense collected 4.0 sacks and three turnovers. Bennett played flawlessly, throwing for 313 yards and most importantly no turnaround.

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Alabama will also be allowed to make adjustments in this rematch. Alabama head coach Nick Saban previously held the position. In 2011, Alabama and LSU met during the regular season with the Tigers and earned a 9-6 victory. The Crimson Tide did reach the national championship anyway and came away with a 21-0 victory.

Saban said that result had no restrictions on this game for both teams, especially since Smart was Saban’s defensive coordinator on that same team.

“They are going to try to take advantage of what we have done,” Saban said. “We’re going to try to take advantage of things and correct things that we didn’t do well. And, I think, there are some subtle changes you need to make in order for you to give your players the best chance for success. “

For example, Georgia tight end Brock Bowers had a monster game against Alabama as he racked up 139 yards on 10 catches against Alabama. The Crimson Tide will do everything they can to make sure this doesn’t happen again.

Alabama have also had to deal with a number of injuries since that game. Wide receiver John Metchie and cornerback Josh Jobe will both miss this game after sustaining season-ending injuries. Alabama are also unsure of the status of starting right-back Emil Ekiyor, who left the Cincinnati game with an injury.

“You know, that was the last game. We have to focus on this game,” said outside linebacker Will Anderson. “It’s going to be a whole new game, a new zone, a new frame, everything. So we’ll see. something different that we’ve probably never seen before. We have to prepare for it. “

Bennett offered more serious analysis on the rematch beyond that of his email inbox. More than anyone else, Bennett needs to perform better if the Bulldogs are going to secure a victory when the two teams meet in Indianapolis.

“They are going to be in Alabama. And we’re going to be Georgia, ”Bennett said. “And we’ll see who performs the best. And if there is a Monday night wrinkle on either side, then whoever fits it the best will win the football game.

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