Preview: Alabama vs. Georgia

Top-ranked Alabama will undoubtedly be part of the four-team College Football Playoff but fourth-ranked Georgia isn’t a lock as the two squads prepare for Saturday’s SEC championship game at Atlanta. The Bulldogs can clinch a CFP spot by beating the Crimson Tide but risk being bypassed for the playoff if they should lose the contest.

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The two squads met in last season’s national title game with Alabama prevailing 26-23 in overtime in what was the coming out party for Crimson Tide quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who came off the bench to throw three touchdown passes. “He can sit in the pocket and make every throw,” Georgia coach Kirby Smart said during a press conference. “He’s very confident, and he’s got a presence about him in the pocket. He doesn’t fear rush; if he’s got guys bearing down on him, he sidesteps and gets the ball out, and that’s what makes him very special.” Alabama has been dominant all season but coach Nick Saban is very wary of Smart – his former defensive coordinator – and the Bulldogs. “Georgia is one of the most complete teams in the country,” Saban said at a press conference. “I think Kirby’s done a fantastic job there in terms of taking the players that were there and developing them in the style that he wants and doing a great job of recruiting to get new players to come and buy into their system. This is going to be the biggest challenge we’ve had to date.”

TV: 4 p.m. ET, CBS. LINE: Alabama -13.5

ABOUT ALABAMA (12-0, 8-0 SEC): Tagovailoa has thrown a school-record 36 touchdown passes against two interceptions and the sophomore fuels an offense averaging 49 points per game. Jerry Jeudy is enjoying a standout season with 56 receptions for 1,079 and 11 touchdowns while fellow sophomore receiver DeVonta Smith (27 receptions) will forever be remembered in Alabama lore for catching the game-winning 41-yard touchdown pass in the national championship game. The Crimson Tide give up an average of 13.8 points with sophomore nose guard Quinnen Williams recording a team-leading 16 tackles for loss and senior defensive end Isaiah Buggs notching a team-best 9.5 sacks.

ABOUT GEORGIA (11-1, 7-1): Sophomore quarterback Jake Fromm was intercepted twice in last season’s title game but has been picked off just five times this season while passing for 2,236 yards and 24 touchdowns. The attack that produces an average of 40.1 points per game also relies on two standout running backs in sophomore D’Andre Swift (962 yards, nine touchdowns) and junior Elijah Holyfield (896 yards, seven scores). The defense allows an average of 17.2 points with senior linebacker D’Andre Walker (team-high 6.5 sacks) and sophomore safety Richard LeCounte (team-leading 64 tackles) among the standouts.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Alabama has won the past four meetings.

2. Bulldogs junior WR Mecole Hardman leads the SEC with a 21.8 average on punt returns – he has one touchdown – and also averages 26.2 yards on kickoff returns.

3. Crimson Tide junior LB Terrell Lewis (knee) returned to practice from summer surgery and his availability will be determined later in the week.

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Preview: Florida vs. Georgia

Florida and Georgia square off in this year’s edition of the “World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party” on Saturday in Jacksonville, with both teams highly ranked in the national polls. Both are fresh off their bye week, but the 11th-ranked Gators posted their fifth victory in a row last time out, while the sixth-ranked Bulldogs suffered their first loss of the season at LSU.

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Florida was in a classic letdown situation when it stepped on the field at Vanderbilt, having just knocked off then-No. 6 LSU. The Gators came out flat in the first half and trailed by as many as 18 points, but a 48-yard touchdown run by Jordan Scarlett to start the fourth quarter helped them match the largest road comeback in school history in the 37-27 win. Georgia, meanwhile, used its bye week to reflect on a 36-16 loss in which its usually prolific offense was held to just 322 total yards. “We’ve got to look ourselves in the mirror and say, ‘OK, who are we?”’ Georgia coach Kirby Smart told reporters after the game. “Because we’ve consistently not played as physical as we need to on the defensive line and we haven’t been as consistent as we need to (be) offensively.”

TV: 3:30 p.m. ET, CBS LINE: Georgia -6.5

ABOUT FLORIDA (6-1, 4-1 SEC): Florida’s offense was nearly unstoppable against the Commodores with 576 total yards and a time of possession of 36 minutes, 14 seconds, but three turnovers – two by quarterback Feleipe Franks – led to 17 points for Vanderbilt. The defense didn’t have its best performance of the season in Nashville, but it might be the key to upsetting the Bulldogs as the Gators feature the NCAA’s sixth-ranked passing defense and a line that has registered 21 sacks – good for third in the SEC. One area that could cause the Gators some problems is discipline, as their 8.8 penalties per game makes them the seventh-most penalized team in the country.

ABOUT GEORGIA (6-1, 4-1): Georgia’s offense had been averaging 42.8 points and its defense was ranked second in the nation at 13 points allowed before the setback against LSU. Sophomore quarterback Jake Fromm was particularly bad against the Tigers, completing just 16-of-34 passes for 209 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions, while the running game was held to just 113 yards – well below its prior season average of just under 245. Fromm and the Bulldogs are winners, however, and they know how to bounce back from a bad performance as they were crushed 40-17 at Auburn last season and responded with four straight triumphs en route to an appearance in the National Championship Game.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Georgia won last year’s meeting 42-7, snapping Florida’s three-game winning streak in the all-time series. The last time these teams met when both were ranked was in 2012, when No. 12 Georgia pulled off a 17-9 upset of No. 3 Florida.

2. The Gators are the only team in the current Top 25 that finished 2017 at or below .500.

3. The Bulldogs committed four turnovers against LSU after registering a total of three in their previous six contests.

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College Football Fantasy Draft News 1-2-2016

 

Penn St Nittany Lions vs. Georgia Bulldogs College Football Fantasy Preview 1-2-2016

 

The TaxSlayer Bowl will feature the Georgia Bulldogs facing the Penn St Nittany Lions. College football fantasy league GM’s can tune to ESPN TV on Saturday January 2nd at 12PM Eastern Time to track the results of their one day league roster picks.

 

Penn St finished their regular season at 7-5 on the year. They were just 1-4 away from home and average just 17 points per game in those five games. They scored just 10 points at Temple and Ohio St. Their lone high point total came against a bad Maryland team. The Nittany Lions have the 106th ranked offense from college football and are 101st in the nation in scoring. They will have issues with dealing with the speed of the faster Georgia Bulldogs team.

 

The Georgia Bulldogs finished with a 9-3 mark and have won four straight to close the regular season. They have limited four straight opponents to 17 points or fewer. At Georgia Tech to close out the regular season they held the Yellow Jackets to 7 points and only 13 points at Auburn on November 14th.

 

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Georgia is the seventh best defense from college football. They limit opponents to 298 yards per game in a very good SEC conference. The Bulldogs defend the pass very well as they rank first in the nation by allowing just 146 yards through the air. Georgia is also ninth best from college football in scoring defense. The speed of the Bulldogs defenders and pass rush will give a down Penn St offense fits in this game. We saw an SEC school in Alabama defend Michigan St very well in the Cotton Bowl. Tennessee allowed just six points through three quarters to Tennessee.

 

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Oregon Ducks vs. TCU Horned Frogs College Football Cash League Fantasy Preview 1-2-2016

 

The Alamo Bowl figures to be a good matchup as the TCU Horned Frogs will face the Oregon Ducks. DFS draft managers can tune to ESPN at 6:45PM Eastern Time on Saturday January 2nd to follow the results of their fantasy college football daily picks.

 

The TCU Horned Frogs enters the Alamo Bowl without their starting quarterback Trevone Boykin who was arrested earlier in the week by striking a police officer. He has been suspended for the game. TCU was a rebuilding defense that struggled in many games this season. Once a top ten defense for several years in many categories from college football the team has dropped to 62nd in the nation by allowing 396 yards per game. In Big 12 games this year the Horned Frogs surrendered 49 at Oklahoma St, 45 at Kansas St and 52 at Texas Tech. TCU will not be in their home stadium as this game is played on a neutral field in San Antonio.

 

Oregon closed out the regular season winning their final six games and could very well be the best team in the PAC 12 conference. They key to the turnaround came when their quarterback Vernon Adams got healthy again as he was bothered by a broken finger earlier in the year.

 

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The Oregon Ducks are the fourth rated offense from college football as they put up 548 yards per game. They score 43 points per game which is fifth best in the nation. Vernon Adams has thrown for three touchdowns or greater in four of his past five games. He threw for six touchdowns on November 21st against USC. The Ducks offense has been playing at an extremely high level as the season has worn on.

 

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