Nick Saban compares Georgia football to year ago, reveals keys to SEC Championship Game
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama coach Nick Saban has orchestrated the most dominant regular season in SEC football history, and now has the Georgia football program and the SEC Championship Game is in his sights.
Saban, whose No. 1-ranked Tide (12-0) has won its league games by a record average margin of 35.2 points, had plenty to say about No. 4-ranked Georgia (11-1) at his press conference earlier this week.
Alabama plays Georgia at 4 p.m. on Saturday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta (TV: CBS, Radio WSB 750 AM, 95.5 FM).
Saban has plenty of familiarity with the Bulldogs, having watch the Tide beat Georgia 26-23 in overtime in the College Football Playoff Championship Game last January.
But also, UGA coach Kirby Smart served as an assistant to Saban at LSU, the Miami Dolphins and Alabama, and Georgia QB Jake Fromm was once committed to play at Alabama.
Here’s a quick review:
Key to the game
“It will be important on both sides who wins the turnover-explosive plays combinations in games like this, because they have a significant impact on the outcome of the game,” Saban said. “They have a very good secondary, they have a good scheme, their players do a really good job of executing it and disguising coverages on the back end.”
Georgia 2017 vs. Georgia 2018
“I hate comparison questions, but they haven’t really dramatically changed, I think the’ve made a lot of improvement, I think their efficiency on offense has been very good all year long,” Saban said. “The quarterback is more experienced and playing even better than he did a year ago. They have new backs, but those backs are very productive, and I think they have outstanding skill guys that have all improved over a year ago.
“Defensively, their scheme has not changed a lot, some of the payers have, but they sill have good players. The play really well together, they are well-coached, and there’s nothing easy against them.”
Quarterback Jake Fromm
“I thought Jake was playing really well late last year, he played really well in our game,” Saban said. “I think he just got more confident with his knowledge and experience having played more games.
“I think he gets them in the right plays, he’s smart, he knows what you’re doing on defense, he’s going to throw it in the right place and do the right things, so his efficiency and execution is what makes him an exceptionally good player, and he can make the throws he needs to make and makes the players around him better.”
Alabama football coach Nick Saban