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Georgia beats Alabama. How does that go down on Saturday?

Georgia football Cover 4: How do the Bulldogs beat Alabama?

DawgNation has four staffers who cover Georgia football team from every angle: Beat, live streams, photos, podcasts, recruiting, etc. The Cover 4 aim is simple: 1) Present a topic; 2) Offer a reasoned response; 3) Share a brisk statement to support the informed opinion. 

This is definitely talking season. Everyone has just about written and said and opined about everything from six ways to Saturday about this football game.

Alabama. Georgia. For the SEC title. Defending SEC champion. Defending national champion.

Kirby Smart. Nick Saban. Tua. Fromm. Swift. Baker vs. Jeudy. Lamont vs. Quinnen. Crimson Tide vs. Bulldogs.

So let’s just cut to the chase.

This Cover 4 question: How does Georgia beat Alabama?

These takes are designed to come out even faster than a Georgia football fan can bring up the name “Tua” while fretting over this week’s game.

How does Georgia beat Alabama? 

Brandon AdamsLeaning on its freshmen

Underdawg Nation Daily thinks that the Bulldogs can lean on its young talent to spark a strong effort against Alabama on Saturday. (Bob Andres/AJC)

The why from AdamsTua Tagovailoa wasn’t the only freshmen to contribute in Alabama’s national championship game win last season. OL Alex Leatherwood and RB Najee Harris played pivotal roles. UGA has its impressive crop of freshmen this year — including linebackers Brenton Cox, Adam Anderson and Channing Tindall. It’s hard to envision the upset without big plays from that group.

Chip TowersLimiting turnovers and throwing the football

Jake Fromm-UGA football-Georgia football
The Towers Take says to expect the Bulldogs to have to throw the ball efficiently with Jake Fromm to beat Alabama. (Alyssa Pointer/AJC)

The why from Towers TakeBecause you can’t expect to run over, around or through the Crimson Tide defense and you certainly can’t gift their offense with possessions. Field position and special teams will play a big role as well.

Mike GriffithWith a balanced offense and sound defense

Mike Grifith believes that the Bulldogs must have a balanced attack with a big day from sophomore tailback D’Andre Swift to beat Alabama. (Hyosub Shin/AJC)

The why from On The BeatGeorgia has better balance on offense than any of the teams the Tide has faced, and the Bulldogs’ secondary isn’t apt to give up big plays.

Jeff Sentell: By taking a page out of the Alabama dynasty blueprint

Mecole Hardman-UGA football-Georgia football

Georgia will need to come up with some big plays along with a ball control game plan to limit Alabama on Saturday in the SEC championship game. (Alyssa Pointer/AJC)

Why: There are parallels to Alabama’s 2009 SEC Championship win versus Tebow and all those wideouts. Big offense. Rematch of a bitter loss the previous year. If the Bulldogs can play power football and ball control, they limit the moments for that offense to make magic. That’s how the Tide would win the SEC every year. Alabama ran 71 plays to 49 for Florida in that aforementioned contest. That’s an ingredient in the recipe for success on Saturday. 

The Cover 4 press of late

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