Alabama’s win over Georgia in the Sugar Bowl was the final big game for Alabama, the Crimson Tide’s winningest season in 20 years.
The Crimson Tide went into that game without a Heisman Trophy winner on the roster, and with two-deep on offense and defense and plenty of experience at defensive end, they were primed to take advantage of the SEC schedule.
Alabama, however, fell to Alabama A &m, a team that was not expected to have any trouble in playing the Bulldogs in its first meeting.
With an inexperienced quarterback, a new offensive coordinator and a new defensive coordinator in the fold, it’s not surprising that the Crimson Crimson Tide struggled to get anything going against the Bulldogs.
It’s a shame, because there was much to like about the Tide’s defense in that contest.
Alabama’s best chance of a victory came against a Georgia team that finished the season ranked third nationally in total defense and was ranked second in scoring defense.
Georgia was a pass-first team, with a high-powered attack that ranked sixth nationally in rushing offense.
It was also led by a dynamic playmaker in wide receiver Dez Bryant.
With Bryant, the Bulldogs were unstoppable against the run, racking up more than 400 yards and four touchdowns on the ground.
But the Alabama defense was also stout against the pass, forcing Georgia to make seven turnovers.
It wasn’t the best performance by a Crimson Tide defense in a bowl game in recent memory, but it was still a solid showing by the Crimson Deacons defense and their offensive line.
This Alabama defense played better than expected, but was ultimately beaten by the Bulldogs offense.
Nick Saban’s team was a different beast than it was last season.
Alabama ranked fifth in the SEC in total offense, and led the conference in rushing yards per game (8.3) and yards per carry (5.1).
This Alabama team is going to play better than they did in 2017, and it’s a sign of things to come in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship game.
Alabama had the talent to win the game.
This is a team capable of winning big.
Alabama did just that in the second quarter of the Alabama-Georgia game.
The Tide’s offense was the difference between the two teams in this game, and Alabama was able to convert on a third-and-long situation on fourth-and 15 from the Alabama 20.
The first-and–10 play came at the end of the drive, with the Alabama defensive back in the backfield blocking out Bryant.
The DBs pass rush quickly broke up the pass and led to a gain of three yards.
Bryant and tight end Austin Hooper combined for nine yards on that play, and the Tide took over on the ensuing play.
The Alabama defense held the Bulldogs to just one first down on that drive, and then it was Alabama’s turn to turn the ball over.
Georgia scored on a short pass to wide receiver A.J. Green in the end zone on a second-and, third-down play.
But it was an easy conversion for the Tide to take the lead on fourth down.
Alabama got the ball back on fourth and goal with 2:03 left in the fourth quarter, and QB Jalen Hurts threw the ball into the endzone with 1:05 left.
The QB hit Hurts for a score with 1.9 seconds left, and Saban had a big lead.
The game went to overtime, and Auburn got the win.
The Alabama defense is still a work in progress, but the team’s defense had a good day against Georgia.
The secondary was solid, and while the secondary was not the most talented, they did a good job of playing press coverage on Georgia’s receivers and limiting their ability to make plays downfield.
In the end, the Alabama secondary did not make any mistakes, and had some plays down the field that helped Alabama score touchdowns on third-quarter drives.
But Alabama had some really good moments.
On the opening play of overtime, Alabama forced Georgia to punt on fourth downs.
The ball was returned for a touchdown by Hurts with 7:08 left in regulation.
Alabama then scored on the first play of the second overtime period with 4:27 left in overtime.
The Bulldogs offense also ran a screen pass to receiver Jordan Payton with 1 minute, 33 seconds left in extra time to put Alabama ahead 24-17.
Alabama’s defense was not a perfect match for Georgia’s offense, but they did some nice things.
When Alabama ran the ball in the first half, the Tide was forced to punt.
This was a big red flag for Alabama.
Alabama was running out of time to win on fourth Down in the NFL.
But, Alabama’s defense kept the Bulldogs out of field goal range.
Alabama managed to hold Georgia to one field goal on the final drive of the game, but had a chance to tie the game on fourth Third Down.
The defense held Georgia to zero field