The No. 3 Georgia Bulldogs are set to take on the No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide on Saturday, Oct. 17. The game will air on CBS at 8 p.m. Below you can find out more information on 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 there have been no reported positive for the Alabama team and Saban’s Thursday PCR test came back negative. So he is still hoping to try and coach from the sideline.
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: Game time
The Georgia football-Alabama game time is set 8:00 p.m. ET.
Georgia-Alabama: TV channel
The Georgia football-Alabama game will be broadcast on CBS. Brad Nessler, Gary Danielson and Jamie Erdahl will be broadcasting the game.
Georgia-Alabama: How to watch online
You can watch the Georgia football-Alabama game using via CBS All-Access. You must have a subscription to watch.
Some sportsbooks have taken the game off the board due to Saban’s absence. Vegasinsider.com has Georgia has a 4-point underdog against the Crimson Tide. The over/under in the game is 56.5 Georgia is 10-3 against the spread in its last 13 games against a top-10 opponent.
Georgia fans can listen to the Georgia football-Tennessee game on 95.5FM WSB or AM750 WSB.
Will Nick Saban coach in the Georgia-Alabama game?
Saban will need a negative PCR test from Friday and Saturday in addition to the one recorded on Thursday. If all those come back as negative, and he remains asymptomatic as he already is, Saban would be allowed to coach in the game.
Alabama provided 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 are continuing to follow the SEC Return to Activity and Medical Guidance Task Force Protocol for testing asymptomatic positives.
“He will continue to remain in isolation and receive daily PCR tests. Should he have three negative PCR tests through the SEC appointed lab, each 24 hours apart, the initial test would be considered a false-positive pursuant to SEC protocols and we would be allowed to return.”
What Georgia football coach Kirby Smart said about Alabama
On how Georgia finds an edge and what the defense needs to do to succeed against Alabama, the nation’s leading-scoring offense…
“Well, I don’t know. I’m excited to go see. I’ve always loved the challenge, and we’ve got a good defense. We’ve got a good offense. The game will come down to a lot more than just those two units, I can assure you that. It’ll boil down to how our offense and their defense play and the special teams, but I’m excited to see it. I know our guys are excited about the challenge. I’m sure, offensively, it’s the same for them. They’ve 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 go play, but I’m excited to see it. It’s going to boil down to the line of scrimmage, like it always does. They have success running it, and they’ll have a great play-action game. If they don’t, you try to make them one-dimensional, and that’s hard to do against Alabama.”
On the prolific offenses in college football and how Alabama has succeeded so well on offense …
“What’s made them succeed well is players. They’ve got really good players. Sark [Steve Sarkisian] does a great job of implementing the system that the kids can execute. It’s based on really hard guys to cover outside. They’ve got one of, probably the best backs in the country if not one of the best backs in the country. Najee [Harris] runs the ball really hard, and they are massive upfront. So, offensively, they are not built like some of these teams that go tempo the whole time and go hurry-up the whole time. They can go up-tempo and they do tempo well, but they are really big, they can take shots down the field with explosive wideouts they have. They make you defend the entire field.
“I think college football as a whole is more offensive because the rules lend it to be that way in terms of allowing — you can have linemen a little further down field in college, so the RPO game gets to be big. You can do tempo in college football at a lot higher rate. Tempo hasn’t been successful in the NFL because you get your quarterback hit and, to be honest with you, a lot of those NFL teams their linemen aren’t built to go tempo. They are not built to go 70, I mean 100 plays a game, and go really fast. A lot of the teams that have the most success statistically are tempo teams in college football. I think that has a lot to do with the success and the numbers you are seeing. Alabama capitalizes on a great system with a really good scheme and really good players.”
On how important Jordan Davis will be this week considering the size of Alabama’s offensive line…
“It’s extremely important. It’s huge, because the movement in the middle. If I had about three Jordan Davises, I’d feel a lot better, because we need to be able to match up with [Alabama players] Evan Neal and [Alex] Leatherwood and all the big guys they’ve got. But we’ve got some guys who will go in there and fight, and we’ve got some depth, so going to try and use those guys all we can.”
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