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

Each day this week, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution takes a quick look at a matchup in the SEC Championship game. Today: Alabama’s passing offense vs. Georgia’s passing defense.

Alabama passing offense

Key stats: Quarterback AJ McCarron has completed 67.2 percent of his passes for 2,507 yards and a school-record 25 touchdowns and, most impressively, has thrown only two interceptions in 265 passes.

Season high point: Trailing LSU 17-14, Alabama took over on its own 28-yard line with 1:34 to play. McCarron led the Crimson Tide to a game-winning touchdown in 49 seconds, completing passes of 18, 15, 11 and 28 yards.

Season low point: McCarron threw his only two interceptions of the season against Texas A&M, the Tide’s lone loss.

Name to know: Freshman Amari Cooper is Alabama’s leading receiver, with 45 catches for 767 yards and eight touchdowns.

Georgia passing defense

Key stat: The Bulldogs rank second in the SEC in pass defense, giving up 174.4 passing yards per game.

Season high point: Georgia’s defense had two interceptions and five sacks (three by Jarvis Jones) in holding Florida without a touchdown for the first time in the series since 1988.

Season low point: Tennessee passed for 281 yards, the most against Georgia this season. (But the Bulldogs intercepted three passes in that game, two by Sanders Commings.)

Name to know: Safety Bacarri Rambo has 16 career interceptions, tied for the UGA record.

Previous matchups-at-a-glance in this series:

42 comments Add your comment

Destin Dawg

November 29th, 2012
12:03 pm

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David Granger

November 29th, 2012
12:03 pm

Biggest weakness of Georgia’s passing defense is that we give up big plays too often. It frequently comes when we’re blitzing…the defensive backs “cheat up” a little, since the linebackers are blitzing…and a fast receiver can run right by ‘em. If the blitz doesn’t result in a sack or a hurried throw, we get burned deep.

Destin Dawg

November 29th, 2012
12:03 pm

Destin Dawg

November 29th, 2012
12:05 pm

UGA 24 bama 20…

bamamomma

November 29th, 2012
12:40 pm

ROLL TIDE ROLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL bulldawgies will be bullpuppies by sunday! They didnt get to be #! by playing fluff ball just remember that!!!

Either way, whoever wins, BEAT NOTRE LAME

bham dawg

November 29th, 2012
12:56 pm

bamamomma… i know who you are

bham dawg

November 29th, 2012
12:56 pm

and its not pretty

bham dawg

November 29th, 2012
12:58 pm

@David Granger… as is the case with every team. If you can’t get to the qb when when you bring a blitz you are going to get hit with a big play more often than not.

Joey

November 29th, 2012
1:10 pm

I was jealous of Tech’s ‘09 team, who won the ACC and went to a BCS bowl. UGA was in the start of a couple of bad years.

But I damn sure didn’t go on GT blogs, POSING AS IOWA FANS!

This has to be the most embarrassing behavior ever for the Tech fan base.

NCDawg

November 29th, 2012
1:11 pm

David Granger – that happens to everyone if the blitz fails. DB’s can keep coverage for only finite period. That’s why good pass rushers are essential. Any QB at this level can hit open targets when there is no pressure. The question on Saturday is what kind of pressure Bama can bring against Murray. The Dawgs will get to McCarron a few times for certain. Remember Bama’s line has given more sacks than anyone would expect. Bama has had trouble getting to the passer against LSU and A&M. If they have to resort to blitzes to get to Murray they will need stellar play from their secondary. They haven’t gotten it against the top level offenses they’ve played against.

WDE

November 29th, 2012
1:13 pm

We get some pressure on A.J and our chances to win go way up ! Go Dogs !

NCDawg

November 29th, 2012
1:14 pm

Joey – where are the Iowa imposters showing up? I haven’t seen any.

Sammy

November 29th, 2012
1:19 pm

AJ was held to abut a 140 passer rating against both SEC ranked teams he faced, so look for SEC ranked defenses to continue to frustrate him.

Joey

November 29th, 2012
1:24 pm

Haha. NCDawg, my point was/is, GT was in line to play Iowa in the Orange Bowl in ‘09, and I didn’t go on any of their boards posing as a Iowa fan, as they are posing as Bama fans on here – by the dozens.

NCDawg

November 29th, 2012
1:39 pm

DOH! missed that part… I dunno if they are just posing though. If so the imposters are doing a pretty good job of acting like football worshiping, Bear/Saban idolators. LOL

AltamahaDawg

November 29th, 2012
1:58 pm

THIS is the match-up that concerns me the most. And the one that will probably determine the game.

Joey

November 29th, 2012
2:00 pm

Techies are easy to spot NCDawg. Bama fans are confident, but don’t care about our schedule, what happened in SC, what happened last year, etc.

When somebody starts yapping about who we’ve played, starts calling us trailer trash, our record vs so-and-so, or just has bad manners in general, it’s techies.

Joey

November 29th, 2012
2:08 pm

I’ll admit, AD, that I didn’t know AJ had such prolific passing numbers, so you may be right. And if you are, Rambo and Cummings better back up their talk, huh?

One reason to love Ogletree at ML – a few steps back, and he is in coverage, where he started his career.

Football Fan

November 29th, 2012
2:26 pm

Brown Dog

November 29th, 2012
3:23 pm

Joey, Ogletree is indeed a stud. If we can control him, and keep Jones from turning A.J. into another decal on the Georgia Dome turf, I think we win. If Georgia gets truly big plays from their defense — and if you can run the ball — we are in big trouble.

bwell

November 29th, 2012
3:53 pm

Dawgs win!!!! I’m sick of ESPN not giving our Dawgs no respect! NONE

MDAWG24

November 29th, 2012
4:02 pm

Hoping for one heck of a game and of course, a win! Murray will be the key coupled with great defensive play. Lot’s of respect for Alabama – they didn’t get to where they are without playing fundamental, smash mouth football. Kickoff in two day! Enjoy the moment Dawg ( and Bama) fan!

Destin Dawg

November 29th, 2012
4:06 pm

Can’t wait… 48 hours… Go dawgs !!

Reason #4

November 29th, 2012
4:36 pm

flo-ri-duh

November 29th, 2012
4:49 pm

Tennessee completed passes on everybody……… they were good. They had the 2nd or 3rd best OL in the SEC and possibly the best WRs (UGA is 2nd despite losing 2 of their best to injuries). UGA could not get a pass rush – which leads to lots of yards.

flo-ri-duh

November 29th, 2012
4:58 pm

Jenkins/Gaethers combo in the middle will hold up against the Bummer OL and the Dawgs will get a rush on the edge and sack McCarron- Bummer has over 20 sacks against them this year despite having a good run game. UGA’s DBs will smother Bummers WRs. Bummer will get ZERO big plays on offense in this game. ZERO. Against common opponent Ole Miss UGA blew them out and Bummer didn’t wrap up the game until late in the 4th quarter. Ole Miss head coach , without saying it, hinted that UGA is better. How UGA is playing now is what counts..

flo-ri-duh

November 29th, 2012
5:01 pm

Honey Badger turning pro! Here’s hoping Falcons pass on him (pun intended).

#1bamafan

November 29th, 2012
5:09 pm

flo-ri-duh…check the stats for the TENN vs BAMA game, I was there. Have you & SAMMY been contacted about any of the SEC coaching vacancies?It seems like you both know alot. RTR

Sammy

November 29th, 2012
6:13 pm

Bama had a tough time passing on A & M.

AJ went 1 td, 2 interceptions on Texas A & M.

Yes, the A & M team that gave up 450 passing yards and 5 td’s against the lowly La Tech, it was THAT PASS DEFENSE, that threw AJ off his game.

The A & M pass defense is like, last in the SEC, AJ SHOULD have had a CAREER GAME, but really struggled.

UGA is 2nd in the SEC in pass defense, so if AJ struggled against No 10 sec pass defense A/M, how will he do against No 2 SEC pass defense UGA?

Sammy

November 29th, 2012
6:15 pm

Bama’s No 1 WR deep threat spped guy is out with an injury now, so look for Bama to try to win with their run game.

BamaGirl

November 29th, 2012
6:17 pm

This is going to be a great game, Roll Tide!

Kevin

November 29th, 2012
6:22 pm

Joey, why care so much about people posting as bama fans? lol

Go Dawgs!

MaconDawg

November 29th, 2012
6:24 pm

This game all comes down to which offense is more explosive, seeing that both defenses are as good as can be.
Hoping my dawgs can pull off a win!

Sammy

November 29th, 2012
8:14 pm

The A & M pass defense is ranked #81 in the country.

AJ threw 1 td, and 2 int’s.

UGA’s pass defense is ranked #9 in the country.

Got to like that match up.

Sammy

November 29th, 2012
8:17 pm

I look for some picks from the likes of Rambo, Swann, Commings, and some forced fumbles from the likes of Jones and Jenkins.

It will be a LONG, LONG day for AJ’s offense if UGA playmakers play up their potential.

Ask Florida.

William G. Little

November 29th, 2012
10:21 pm

I don’t believe that Georgia has the discipline to execute well in a game of this magnitude.

We’ll see.

Cal22

November 30th, 2012
6:27 am

Funny that UGA Ys, as much as you hate Florida, are completely reliant on them for your status. No Florida success = no Georgia success. Oh yeah… and playing Bama = no Georgia success. Roll Tide!

Cal22

November 30th, 2012
6:27 am

Sammy is a closet Gator fan. That’s all he talks about.

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11:43 am

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Slim

November 30th, 2012
12:34 pm

Florida Atlantic coach Carl Pelini called Alabama “as physical a team as there is out there.” “That’s not Georgia we faced today, that’s Alabama – it’s very different, “Pelini said. “Different scheme-wise. I think they’re more physical than Georgia. You know, I don’t compare teams but they’re just different. They play differently. They pressure more than Georgia did. They’re physical in their man coverage.”