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WATCH: Examining the impact of Nick Saban’s potential absence for Georgia-Alabama

Nick Saban sent shockwaves across the college football landscape when he announced that he had tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday.

Since the initial statement, Saban has maintained that he feels fine, and is somehow still hoping to be on the sidelines for Alabama’s game against Georgia on Saturday.

In the event that Saban is unable to do so, he outlined who would take over responsibilities.

“So, we’re still doing everything possible to get ready for the Georgia game, preparing our team,” Sabana told reporters on a Zoom press conference on Wednesday night. “I’ll have normal meetings tomorrow. Everything will be on Zoom. We’ll continue to do this. Sark’s kind of filling in in my absence for anything that needs coordinated in the office.”

If Saban is unable to coach, this will be the first game he has not been on the Alabama sidelines since the 2006 season. Over that time, he’s become the top coach in the sport and won his last five games over the Georgia Bulldogs.

Vegas has already shifted the betting lines following the news, with some sportsbooks taking the game off the board. Others have shifted the line, down from Alabama being a 6-point favorite to Alabama being a 4-point favorite.

So how big of an impact does Saban not potentially being on the sideline have on Saturday’s big game? How much would it potentially help or hurt Alabama? The DawgNation team of Connor Riley, Brandon Adams, Mike Griffith and Jeff Sentell discuss the impact and what it means for Saturday’s game.

Other topics discussed on the show include:

  • What would a win vs. Alabama mean for UGA?
  • What does the Georgia offense have to do to be successful against Alabama?
  • Who are the players that must play well on Saturday for Georgia?
  • What is the worry level regarding the recent COVID-19 trends in the SEC?

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