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The SEC's decision to allow new school georgia to replace the state's anthems "Georgia on My Mind" and "Dixie" with a song recorded by rap artist Ludacris offered a stark example of how politically divided the country is today — while simultaneously evoking the fraught history of the state's unique anthem.
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. If Alabama and Georgia end up rematching in the playoff, the Dawgs will need to have an answer for the Tide's passing game. No Georgia opponent had scored more than 17 points against it entering Saturday, but Bama posted 24 points in the second quarter alone and 41 in total against the vaunted Georgia defense.Alabama's offensive line has arguably taken a step back this season as well. But in just his second year in the program, Young has regularly answered the call in clutch moments. His playmaking in season-defining victories over Auburn and Georgia showed he deserves the award. Without another clear-cut competitor, the conversation should be over.Young should be the HeismIf both teams are included in the CFP, as expected, it would be the second time in five seasons that two SEC teams have made the playoff. Alabama and Georgia both did it in the 2017 season, and the Tide went on to beat the Bulldogs in the CFP National Championship.Georgia also ranked No. 1 nationally in yards allowed per game at 230.9.
The Bulldogs weren't just the best defensive team in the nation, they were the best by a wide margin. But reality came crashing down on the Dawgs when the Tide took them on Saturday. 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. In a year when Alabama coach Nick Saban finally lost to one of his former assistants for the first time by falling against Texas A&M and Jimbo Fisher, it seemed like perhaps this was the moment for Kirby Smart's breakthrough. The sixth-year Georgia coach entered 0-3 against Saban, who was Smart's former boss at Alabama. But the Saban hex will continue for Smart, at least for another few weeks. (Source:www.cbssports.com)
This is where Alabama's ability to run the football against Georgia's defensive front will be huge. They've run it well in spurts, but only as a function of their throw game opening up the field. Now, you would imagine Bama will try and bleed some clock? Will Georgia load the box and force the Tide to keep airing it out? No. 3 Alabama defeated No. 1 Georgia, 41-24, in the SEC Championship Game on Saturday. Crimson Tide QB Bryce Young racked up an SEC Championship Game-record 461 yards of total offense and accounted for four touchdowns. Bulldogs freshman Brock Bowers set SEC Championship Game records for receptions (10) and receiving yards (139) by a tight end. Before tonight, the Bulldogs had not allowed more than 17 points in one game this season. The Crimson Tide drive home 41 points and 536 yards for their 10th win all-time in the SEC Championship Game and eighth under Nick Saban.
Alabama (12-1) scored 24 points during the quarter – seven more points than Georgia had allowed in any full game this season. The Crimson Tide also began a seizing of the No. 1 seed in the College Football Playoff after Georgia (12-1) had been the nation’s best collective team for three months.For the second consecutive year, Alabama defeated Georgia 41-24, only this time the Bulldogs were the higher-ranked team — pinned No. 1 in the CFP rankings and all of the polls after an undefeated regular season. It was Alabama's seventh consecutive win over Georgia, which also lost to Alabama in the 2018 College Football Playoff national championship and the 2018 SEC ChaBy halftime, Young had broken the first-half record for passing yards in an SEC Championship game. By game’s end, he’d broken the passing record and secured most valuable player honors with 421 yards passing, 40 rushing and four total touchdowns. Next up: A trip to New York, where Young likely will receive college football’s top individual honor. (Source:www.tuscaloosanews.com)