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Aus, alabama, georgia, ax, xiao, ia, nk, akA sampling: Will Kirby Smart ever beat Nick Saban after falling to 0-4 all-time against his former boss, despite assembling the best team of his Georgia tenure? Can a team built with defense win a national championship in this quarterback-fueled era? Is this what Georgia’s pass coverage looks like when facing an elite quarterback? Was Georgia’s undefeated record a byproduct of not playing an opponent ranked in the top 15 of the latest CFP rankings?
ATLANTA -- After a month of uninspiring play that cast its national championship aspirations into serious doubt, No. 3 Alabama came alive with its season on the line Saturday as the Crimson Tide trounced No. 1 Georgia 41-24 in the 2021 SEC Championship Game. The victory gives Alabama its seventh SEC title in the last 10 years and hands Georgia its first loss of the season. It also elevates both teams into the College Football Playoff, according to CBS Sports bowls expert Jerry Palm. Alabama racked up 319 yards in the second quarter alone and exposed every facet of Georgia's defense. The inability of a fierce defensive front to pressure Young allowed him to exploit some previously undetected weaknesses in UGA's secondary. The Dawgs did not finish with a single sack, despite entering with 41 on the season. Just look at how much time Young had to throw on this touchdown play in the second quarter.
While the two could rematch in the College Football Playoff, Saturday was a reminder that Smart's program has not surpassed Saban's Bama squad. One obvious difference in the two teams on Saturday was quarterback play. If Smart had defeated Alabama with Bennett at quarterback, it would have been the ultimate sign of arrival for Georgia. Georgia (12-1) got off to a hot start, scoring 10 unanswered points before the Crimson Tide appeared on the scoreboard. But once Alabama (12-1) started scoring, it didn't stop. Young hit Jameson Williams for a 67-yard touchdown on the third play of its first drive in the second quarter. The next drive, Young found John Metchie for a 13-yard touchdown with 9:53 left in the second quarter to bring the game to a 14-10 game. After a field goal the next drive, Alabama added another touchdown on an 11-yard scramble by Young to put the Crimson Tide up 24-17 at the half. (Source: www.sportingnews.com)