Matchup: Alabama’s rushing offense vs. Georgia’s rushing defense

Each day this week, the AJC will take a quick look at a matchup in the SEC Championship game. Today: Alabama’s rushing offense vs. Georgia’s rushing defense.

Alabama’s rushing offense

Key stat: Behind an exceptional and experienced offensive line, led by senior center Barrett Jones, Alabama has averaged 214.2 rushing yards per game, second most in the SEC. Texas A&M is first (235.1) and Georgia third (190.1).

Season high point: Against Missouri, Alabama ran for 362 yards and six touchdowns.

Season low point: Surprisingly, Alabama had its fewest rushing yards (103) against Western Kentucky, which stacked its defense to stop the run but saw quarterback AJ McCarron throw four touchdown passes.

Names to know: Like Georgia, Alabama has a terrific tailback tandem — junior Eddie Lacy, who averages 83.4 rushing yards per game, and freshman T.J. Yeldon, who averages 70.6. Combined, they have run for 1,848 yards, only 10 fewer than Georgia’s Todd Gurley-Keith Marshall duo.

Georgia’s rushing defense

Key stat: Georgia ranks 11th in the SEC against the run, allowing 163.4 yards per game.

Season high point: In a three-game stretch, Georgia held Florida, Ole Miss and Auburn to an average of 59 rushing yards.

Season low point: Inexplicably, just before the aforementioned three-game stretch, Georgia allowed Kentucky to run for 206 yards.

Name to know: Nose guard John Jenkins, whose ability to clog up the middle “reminds me a lot of (All-American Terrence) Cody when we had him here,” Alabama coach Nick Saban said.

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columbiadawg

November 27th, 2012
7:42 am

gt mess

November 27th, 2012
8:01 am

well we will see

Loyal Dawg

November 27th, 2012
8:13 am

Poorly written article. I guess the offensive linemen for either team aren’t very important.

Daytona Dawg

November 27th, 2012
8:43 am

I’m not so sure that this is a poorly written article…just an abbreviated one.

The description for each of these articles is:
“Each day this week, the AJC will take a quick look at a matchup in the SEC Championship game.”

Holy Guacamole

November 27th, 2012
8:50 am

Both teams are very good and statistically match up well in all areas. I would have to give the edge to UGA in the passing department although Bama’s QB is right behind Murray in passing efficiency. Bama is a run first team and the Dawgs will have their hands full stopping the run, but then, so will Bama when UGA has the ball. This is a game that could go either way, depending on who comes out hot. Hope it its UGA.

SimpleDawg

November 27th, 2012
9:08 am

The focus is on Georgia’s “NFL-Caliber” stocked defense.

Play up to their potential, stuff Bama’s run game, and the Dawgs will win……

Play like they did early in the season, and the offense will not be able to score enough points to win.

Simple as that.

Sammy

November 27th, 2012
9:20 am

It will come down to turnovers, when Bama loses the turnover battle like they did against LSU & Texas A & M, they’re an average team.

Bama is very much like Florida, good at running, good defense against the run, and great at winning turnovers.

But UGA beat Florida, and won the turnover battle, so that’s really the key thing, Bama hasn’t been good at winning the turnover margin in either of their two big games, where UGA only was poor at winning the turnover margin one time, and that was SC, and UGA lost the game.

Do any 1 of these and UGA wins:
1) Rush for 135 yards
2) Hold Bama under 21 points
3) Win the turnover battle
4) Murray completes 70%+ and averages 8+ yards per attempt
5) Hold AJ under 140 passer rating

If all else fails, do what LSU did when UGA were wiping them off the field last year, TURNOVERS & SPECIAL TEAMS.

G-Dawg

November 27th, 2012
9:43 am

Going to be an interesting game!! Coaching and player determination for 4 qtrs will determine outcome.

flo-ri-duh

November 27th, 2012
10:08 am

YES – turnovers are always the key in a big game. However UGA overcame 3 turnovers in the 1st half against Florida and played turnover free in the 2nd half and won the game.

WDE

November 27th, 2012
10:10 am

I think it key that they are as closing in rushing as they are..Bama has the best OL in the nation I think . This will be a war in the trenches but how each line backing corp reacts and helps stiffen the D lines will also be key. I think Bama’s line is a better overall unit but I think the Gurshall tandem is somewhat better than Yeldon and Lacey not by much in either case. Chaos is coming hide the women and children!!

flo-ri-duh

November 27th, 2012
10:13 am

I expect Bummer to start out with a game plan similar to the one they had against LSU in the BCS title game last year. Short passes on 1st down to get 5 or more yards and then run. Watch for the TE to get more thrown to hi m in this game than usual. UGA will gear up to stop the run on 1st down and Saban knows that 2nd and 7 won’t cut it. So watch for him to pass on 1st down.

flo-ri-duh

November 27th, 2012
10:15 am

Like wise UGA will also pass more on 1st down – probably to the RB’s and swing passes to the WRs.

WDE

November 27th, 2012
10:16 am

Wait a minute over 10 comments on this blog and we are still talking football….WOW!

Slim

November 27th, 2012
10:18 am

How about this…UGA gave up 207 yards rushing to UK. Bama will run all over UGA all day…

flo-ri-duh

November 27th, 2012
10:18 am

BOTH teams will be out to stop the run 1st. No big surprise there. Short passes on 1st down for both sides. UGA’s punter has been excellent since mid season and field position and turnovers will win this game.

flo-ri-duh

November 27th, 2012
10:22 am

Slim- that was UGA’s OLD defense. their real defense has arrived. Ole Miss gave Bummer fits but UGA blew Ole Miss out and their head coach said ” They took our passion – UGA was the only team to do that this year”. He was basically saying that UGA than Bummer.

flo-ri-duh

November 27th, 2012
10:26 am

Jordan Jenkins was the final “missing piece” to UGA’s run defense and pass rush. Ole Miss coach inferred that UGA was better against his team than Bummer. “UGA took our passion”.

WDE

November 27th, 2012
10:33 am

Slim , the Gators couldn’t run on us and they shut down LSU’s run game and they ran all over LSU and LSU ran all over the Tide…this is going to be very interesting ….see ya Saturday.

Rod Stewart

November 27th, 2012
11:06 am

Everybody needs some passion.

OLD DOG

November 27th, 2012
11:09 am

The #1 motovator for UGA is respect. Everyone (except Dawg fans) want BAMA to win so it will be a ND vs. Bama NC. If you listen to the pundents UGA shouldn”t even show up. Sometime pride and the search for respect can be awsome. This team is on a mission to gain the respect they should have already had. Beat Bama and it is finally thairs. Most of this D was there last year when they went in the tank in the second half against LSU. They know the ach in the gut when you are shown up. They want let it happen again. Who ever wins the turn over battle will win.

Athens

November 27th, 2012
11:19 am

Who is the home team in the game?

jc_dawgs

November 27th, 2012
12:25 pm

Ga features a run defense that gives up a lot of yardage at times. They seem to be a bend but don’t break type of D. The problem is….Alabama boasts the best OL in the country with 3 all america players on that line. Furthermore…Ala is well coached and they rarely make mistakes. Thus…I think its a given that Ala will move the ball on us between the 20s rather easily. The key for Ga will be to not give up the big play. Also…when Ala is in the red zone…let our athletic corners play there receivers 1 on 1…I like that matchup for us. Then cheat the safetys up to stop the run. This may work and I can see Ala kicking a lot of field goals in this game with only a touchdown or two being scored. On offense for Ga…dont turn the ball over. Do all that…and Ga can win this thang!

Jim

November 27th, 2012
1:00 pm

Having played GT and GS has made a difference in GA’s yards per game vs the run. Certainly made it a larger yardage since neither passed much.

McDawg

November 27th, 2012
1:02 pm

want to see Marshall lining up in the slot

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ApothecaryMark

November 27th, 2012
2:30 pm

I have not seen do fans this delusional since September 26, 2008

WDE

November 27th, 2012
2:59 pm

ApothecaryMark come on man, Bama is the defending champs they are just confident not delusional..tongue firmly in cheek.

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dawgdays

November 27th, 2012
3:51 pm

Love me some Old Man Football!

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thetruthandnot

November 27th, 2012
6:58 pm

its going to be terrible a total blow out 49-10.

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1969 Graduate

November 28th, 2012
8:36 am

Our line play, on both sides of the ball, will be crucial. There’s no question that Alabama has a very solid running game. As I recall Florida also has a very solid running game (FSU might agree), but Georgia shut them down fairly well. Perhaps we can play in a similar manner against the Alabama rushing offense.

However, Alabama is, I believe, more balanced on offense than Florida, with a better passing game, which makes it harder to defend against the running game.

I’m sure that game against Western Kentucky is being analyzed. What happened there? What can be learned about Bama’s potential weaknesses? What did Bama learn from that game?

One thing I noticed in the Texas A&M game, well, one thing besides Johnny Football, was that A&M had a terrific defense against Alabama, holding Alabama to only 121 yards of rushing offense, about half of what they usually get. What was A&M doing that we can do?

Yes, A&M showed that Alabama can be beat, but we shouldn’t overlook what Johnny Football did – Manziel passed for 253 yards and rushed for 92 – and think he wasn’t a huge factor.

I’m glad to hear that Aaron Murray is spending the week watching film. I suspect he’s not alone. I don’t know how to stop the Alabama rush, but I think history shows it can be done, and I think our coaches and players are smart enough to be figuring out how.

Of course, a lot of it always comes back to doing the simple things, the basics, the fundamentals. We have to tackle, etc. Playing Alabama always means smash mouth football. We have to smash them more than they smash us. Can we? I think so.

Go, Dawgs!

flo-ri-duh

November 28th, 2012
8:46 am

Don’t worry about how many rushing yards you get…… up the middle for two is not as good as a swing pass to the RB for 4 – and that’s a fact. Obsession with balance and stats is for losers. Do what works and keep the defense off balance. Use the hurry up offense so Saban can’t substitute on defense. Saban hates the hurry up used against him. Use it.

flo-ri-duh

November 28th, 2012
8:51 am

No secret that when YOUR offense holds the ball the other team doesn’t have the ball! A&M hogged the ball and Bummer’s “O” sat on the bench…… thus fewer running yards for Bummer.

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John

November 28th, 2012
11:11 am

Alabama beat Ole Miss 33-14. I don’t think they gave them fits.

zbulldawg

November 29th, 2012
9:00 am

Wouldn’t it had been crazy if Notre Dame would have loss to USC !! Just a thought. Remember UGA played 2 option teams at the end of the season So our rushing stats are misleading !! This is going to be one hell of a game !! The SEC at it’s best !!!!!!! LET THE BIG DAWG EAT

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david

November 30th, 2012
12:53 pm

I think that Bama Ole Miss was 17-14 going into the 4th and Bama pulled away late.

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