Georgia Bulldogs running back Kenny McIntosh (6) breaks loose for a 45-yard run against Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets defensive back Zamari Walton (7) during the first half of their NCAA football game at Sanford Stadium, Saturday, November 26, 2022, in Athens, Ga. Jason Getz /

Super Bowl champ breaks down SEC title game: ‘Georgia looks so much more deadly’

ATLANTA — Super Bowl champion and former Alabama star Roman Harper thinks Georgia’s game plan for the SEC Championship Game is pretty direct.

“For Georgia, it’s going to be about balance and just running the football,” Harper, now an SEC Network analyst, said on Friday at the Georgia World Congress Center.

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“We’ve seen the games LSU has lost this year, all of their opponents have rushed for 200-plus yards so if you get the ground game going, that’s going to be a formula that wins.”

Bulldogs’ tailback Kenny McIntosh has been on a tear of late, totaling 171 yards (143 rushing) in the 16-6 win over Kentucky and another 182 yards (86 rushing on 12 carries) in leading Georgia over Georgia Tech.

Kirby Smart’s No. 1-ranked program will look to put away the No. 14-ranked Tigers early in the 4 p.m. game (TV: CBS) at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

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“When Georgia has had close games, it’s because they turned the ball over, they haven’t played well or started off fast,” Harper noted. “So if you get a fast start by LSU, you come out smoking hot early, and now Georgia has to throw the football and can’t play the game and win the game on their terms.

“That’s what Georgia has done so well the last two years: they come out, they punch teams early, and then they run the ball and they just choke you out.”

“He’s the catalyst that makes it all go, and I’m a little concerned with the injury to his lower body,” Harper said, referencing the sprained ankle Daniels suffered last week.

“I know it’s the championship game and he’s going to be ready to play — shoot him up, they are going to do what they have to do, that’s what athletes do — but Georgia looks so much more deadly.”

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