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2018 Alabama vs. Georgia
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Alabama Football Podcast Breaks Down 2018 SEC Championship Game
2018 SEC Championship Alabama vs Georgia
In this episode Tom and Dave from the Alabama Football Podcast breakdown the Tide’s SEC Title Tilt against the Georgia Bulldogs
Jalen’s performance against Georgia in the SEC Championship was borderline magical. He blended run and pass with equal aplomb, delivering on the promise many fans held for him when he first took over the position in 2016. While perhaps his development was not a straight line, all Alabama fans relished his progression on this night.
For the first time this season, Alabama rolled out a power run formation against the Bulldogs. As we’ve observed Tide teams in the past, this personnel group featured multiple tight and a defensive lineman (Quinnen Williams), positioned as a lead blocker.
As the ole saying goes, you never want a defensive back to lead your team in tackles. However, that was the outcome as 4 of the Tide’s top 5 tacklers were defensive backs. In total, 37 of 80 tackles , nearly 50%, were registered by Alabama’s secondary.
Lost to History
Such is the description we’ll use on the podcast to describe an important play but not the defining play. Jalen’s run for the go ahead score will sit within our mentals for a while, however, numerous other plays were critical in setting the stage for the winning run. Twice in this week’s show we call out qualifying plays. Tune in to see if you agree.
Most football fans agree with the idea that special teams can sway the outcome of a close game. Most Alabama fans circa 2018 agree the Tide’s special teams would likely be found lacking if called upon to deliver a clutch victory. However, just as special teams play can provide the margin of victory, they can also help to seal a team’s fate. This was the case with the Bulldogs as a missed field goal and inexcusable fake punt sparked a neutering of these dogs.
Mini Game balls
Anyone can read a headline, but which players contributed in more subtle ways to the Tide’s fortune?
Alabama enjoys some much needed rest before suiting up to face the Oklahoma Sooners in the first round of the playoffs.