Nr. 3 Georgia Bulldogs are ready to face the No.2 Alabama Crimson Tide on Saturday, October 17th. The game is broadcast on CBS at 20 Below you can find out more information about the week 7 game.
The highly anticipated match-up will be without Alabama head coach Nick Saban as he tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday. Since then, nothing positive has been reported for the Alabama team, and Saban’s Thursday PCR test came back negative. So he is still hoping to try to train from the sidelines.
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This will be Kirby Smart’s first trip back to Alabama since he was Alabama’s defensive coordinator, a role he served in from 2008 through the 2015 season. The Bulldogs have lost five consecutive games against the Crimson Tide.
This will be Georgia’s first time playing at Bryant-Denny Stadium since the 2007 season, which was Saban’s first season on the job.
Georgia-Alabama: Playing time
Georgia Football-Alabama playing time is set at 20:00 ET.
Georgia-Alabama: TV channel
Georgia Football Alabama game airs on CBS. Brad Nessler, Gary Danielson and Jamie Erdahl broadcast the program.
Georgia-Alabama: How to watch online
You can watch Georgia football-Alabama game using CBS All-Access. You must have a subscription to view.
Some sports books have taken the game off the board due to Saban’s absence. Vegasinsider.com has Georgia have a 4-point underdog against Crimson Tide. Over / under in the game is 56.5 Georgia is 10-3 against the spread in its last 13 matches against a top-10 opponent.
Georgia fans can listen to the Georgia Football Tennessee game on 95.5FM WSB or AM750 WSB.
Does Nick Saban train in the Georgia-Alabama game?
Saban needs a negative PCR test from Friday and Saturday in addition to the one registered on Thursday. If all of them come back as negative and he remains asymptomatic as he already is, Saban would be allowed to train in the game.
Alabama delivered an update on Saban’s health on Friday.
“Coach Saban was evaluated again today by Dr. Robinson. He continues to be asymptomatic and without fever, “the statement said. “We continue to follow the SEC Return to Activity and Medical Guidance Task Force Protocol for testing for asymptomatic positives.
“He will continue to remain isolated and receive daily PCR tests. Should he have three negative PCR tests through SEC-designated laboratory at 24-hour intervals, the initial test will be considered a false positive under SEC protocols and we will be allowed to return. ”
What Georgia football coach Kirby Smart said about Alabama
On how Georgia finds an edge and what the defense must do to succeed against Alabama, the country’s leading scoring offense …
“Well, I do not know. I’m excited to see. I have always loved the challenge and we have a good defense. We have a good offense. The game comes to much more than just the two devices, I can assure you. It boils down to how our offense and their defense play out and the special teams, but I’m excited to see it. I know our guys are excited about the challenge. I’m sure it’s offensively the same for them. They have heard about our defense, and our defense has heard about their offense, so it’s a great opportunity for both units to go out and compete and play, but I’m excited to see it. It boils down to the line of scrimmage, as it always does. They succeed in running it and they get a good game-action game. If they do not, you are trying to make them one-dimensional, and that is hard to do against Alabama. ”
About the lush offenses in college football and how Alabama has succeeded so well in offenses …
“What made them successful are players. They have really good players. Sark [Steve Sarkisian] does a good job of implementing the system that the children can perform. It’s based on really tough guys to cover outside. They have one of, probably the best backs in the country, if not one of the best backs in the country. Najee [Harris] run the ball really hard and they are massive in advance. So offensively, they are not built like some of these teams that go pace all the time and rush all the time. They can go up in pace and they manage the pace well but they are really big they can take shots down the field with explosive stretches they have. They make you defend the whole field.
“I think university football as a whole is more offensive because the rules give it that way in terms of permission – you can have linemen a little further down the field, so the RPO game will be big. You can make pace in college football at a much higher speed. Tempo has not been successful in the NFL because you get your quarterback hit, and to be honest with you, many of these NFL teams, their linemen are not built to go tempo. They are not built to be 70, I mean 100 plays a game and goes really fast. Many of the teams that are statistically most successful are tempo teams in college football. I think it has a lot to do with the success and the numbers you see. Alabama takes advantage of a good system with a really good system and really good players. ”
About how important Jordan Davis will be this week given the size of Alabama’s offensive line …
“It is extremely important. It’s huge because the movement in the middle. If I had about three Jordan Davises, I would feel much better because we need to be able to match [Alabama players] Evan Neal and [Alex] Leatherwood and all the great guys they have. But we have some guys who want to go in there and fight and we have a little depth so we will try to use these guys all we can. ”
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