Alabama’s normally explosive offense only gets harder.
While the Crimson Tide was previously held out of the end zone for 59 minutes and 36 seconds by Auburn, they now face the nation’s top defense.
Heisman Trophy front-runner Bryce Young And fourth-placed Crimson Tide are gearing up to face No. 1 Georgia in Saturday’s Southeast Conference championship game.
Making matters more challenging, Alabama tailback Brian Robinson Jr. is battling a left leg injury and his condition is precarious for the game. If he can’t play, that leaves Trey Sanders as the Tide’s only healthy scholarship allowing a nation-best 6.9 points and 229.7 total yards per game.
Georgia’s formidable Front Seven, led by defensive lineman Jordan Davis And linebacker Nakobe Dean is also a major challenger to Alabama’s offensive line that has struggled at times.
“The thing that really motivates us is making sure we come up with our ‘A’ game,” said Alabama left tackle Evan Neal. “We’re all competitors, man. That’s what it’s about. You’re the best? Okay, let’s line up and go out there and play. That’s what it’s all about.”
Alabama didn’t come up with their best for that Auburn game, even though the Tide eventually converted a 10-0 fourth-quarter loss into a 24-22 quadruple-overtime win,
The Crimson Tide covered just 68 yards in 30 plays in the first half and allowed seven sacks in the game.
Young delivered 217 fourth-quarter yards to Alabama, including a 97-yard drive in the final 95 seconds.
According to FanDuel Sportsbook, the finishing flourish saved the team’s playoff hopes and earned Young the status of the leading Heisman candidate.,
Leading receiver Jameson Williams also missed most of the game after a first-half targeting penalty in punt return coverage. The winning touchdown pass with 24 seconds went to freshman Ja’Cory Brooks, his fourth catch of the season and second of the game.
But Alabama still ranks seventh in passing and total offense, averaging 341.8 yards per game through the air and 492.2 overall.
Young has passed for 3,901 yards and 40 touchdowns against just four interceptions. He is completing his 68.9% pass.
“He seems to have composed all the time and he has a good presence in the pocket, great distributor of the ball,” said Georgia coach Kirby Smart. “Knows where all his outlets are. He can attract defense and throw the ball like a point guard in basketball.
“It’s just one of the best I’ve seen, delivering the ball really well as far as quick releases and getting the ball out.”
Then there’s the backfield, where Saban says he’s never been down for a scholarship runner. Others who went into the position as emergency sustenance but could be in plight of their players if Robinson couldn’t go.
Sanders has run for 221 yards and two touchdowns.
“We have to get them ready to play the game,” Saban said. “There’s nothing more we can do about it. Injuries are part of the game.”
Alabama has been out on Robinson at times, but Young’s greatest weapon is Williams, along with 1,000-yard receiver John Machi III.
Williams has been a threat to the big game, with 1,261 yards, 13 touchdowns and a 20.67-yard average per catch. Mechi has 90 catches for 1,045 yards and seven touchdowns.
He has great faith in the crime of Tidal even when faced with the biggest challenge ever.
“I’m extremely confident,” said Mechi. “I think we’re more concerned about ourselves and playing our best brand of football, knowing that we’re going against a really good defense. But I think for us it’s just our best brand.” is playing football.”
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