ATLANTA, GA— No. 1 Georgia lost for the first time in 30 games in the SEC Championship to No. 8 Alabama 27-24.
This game shakes up the College Football Playoff committee’s decision in who are the best four teams in the country. Especially if Michigan and Florida State both win their respective conference championships.
The offense had a methodical drive to open the game. Carson Beck spread the ball around, and they scored a touchdown in under four minutes. They didn’t score again until the third quarter.
Alabama’s secondary played excellent in coverage. They were physical and their front seven played against the run really well. The Crimson Tide held Milton and Edwards to a combined total of 80 yards.
Beck still had an efficient game (21-of-29 243 yards), but Alabama’s defense limited their explosive plays.
The difference in the game was the fumbled exchange between Beck and Dillon Bell on an end around in the third quarter. Alabama recovered in Georgia territory and hit the ensuing field goal.
Brock Bowers (ankle) and Ladd McConkey (ankle) were clearly not 100% healthy in this game. They were both seen limping to the sidelines multiple times when exiting the game. They still managed to play lots of snaps and make some big time catches.
Amarius Mims (ankle) started the game at right tackle, but did not return after reaggravating his injury. Xavier Truss got moved to right tackle. Dylan Fairchild and Micah Morris rotated at left guard.
Georgia did not have their best performance tonight, but they went up against one of the best defenses in the country.
Alabama’s offensive line was their biggest key to winning this game. They opened up running lanes for Jalen Milroe, Roydell Williams, and Jam Miller with ease. On passing downs, Milroe had a clean pocket for the most part.
The Dawgs did register four sacks, but three of them were because Milroe spent too much time in the pocket.
It was difficult for the Dawgs to contain Milroe. He made some good throws downfield after struggling to complete a pass early. Ultimately, it was his legs that made the difference and eventually closed out the game on their final d
Tommy Rees did a good job freeing up his playmakers. Former Georgia wide receiver Jermaine Burton and Isaiah Bond were Milroe’s top two targets and they gave Georgia’s defense problems, especially Bond.
The defense had a lot of good stops throughout the game, but just didn’t do enough to creat more opportunities.
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The College Football Playoff committee has the toughest decisions they’ve ever had to make ahead of them. Georgia was ranked No. 1 for four weeks before this game. Even though it was only by three points, this loss could cost the Dawgs a CFP berth.
No. 3 Washington won the Pac-12 Championship. No. 7 Texas won the Big 12 Championship and beat Ala
bama in Tuscaloosa earlier in the season. No. 2 Michigan and No. 4 Florida State could both win their conference championships and finish their seasons undefeated.
There are six teams that are in the conversation as the four best teams, and the difference in quality of teak has never been tighter.
Georgia should be selected as one of the top-4 teams in college football, but where does that leave Alabama, Texas, or Florida State? Right now, the only team with a solidified spot in the CFP should be Washington.
Once the Big Ten and ACC Championships wrap up, we’ll see how everything shakes out. There are going to be two fan frustrated teams and fanbases for not making the CFP.