The No. 3 Georgia Bulldogs are set to take on the No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide on Saturday, Oct. 17. The game will air on CBS at 8 p.m. Below you can find out more information on the Week 7 game.
Alabama coach Nick Saban will be on the sidelines coaching on Saturday, as he has returned three straight negative tests following a positive test on Wednesday. Saban was officially cleared Saturday morning.
This will be Kirby Smart’s first trip back to Alabama since he was Alabama’s defensive coordinator, a role he served in from 2008 through the 2015 season. The Bulldogs have lost five consecutive games against the Crimson Tide.
This will be Georgia’s first time playing at Bryant-Denny Stadium since the 2007 season, which was Saban’s first season for the Tide.
Georgia-Alabama: Game time
The Georgia football-Alabama game time is set 8:00 p.m. ET.
Georgia-Alabama: TV channel
The Georgia football-Alabama game will be broadcast on CBS. Brad Nessler, Gary Danielson and Jamie Erdahl will be broadcasting the game.
Georgia-Alabama: How to watch online
You can watch the Georgia football-Alabama game using via CBS All-Access. You must have a subscription to watch.
Some sportsbooks have taken the game off the board due to Saban’s absence. Vegasinsider.com has Georgia as a 4-point underdog against the Crimson Tide. The over/under in the game is 56.5. Georgia is 10-3 against the spread in its last 13 games versus a top-10 opponent.
Georgia fans can listen to the Georgia football-Tennessee game on 95.5FM WSB or AM750 WSB.
Will Nick Saban coach in the Georgia-Alabama game?
Saban was cleared to coach from the field on Saturday morning following a third negative PCR test. Saban also tested negative on Thursday and Friday.
Saban appeared on ESPN’s College GameDay and spoke about what his experience had been like since the positive test on Wednesday.
“We’ve tested our players every day for the last couple months, and the fact we’ve had 240 tests the last two days that were all negative, not one positive,” Saban said. “The fact that I actually tested negative Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday popped, Thursday, Friday, negative.
“I have to trust in the doctors and the medical people who make these protocols safe for all of us.”
Georgia coach Kirby Smart also appeared on College GameDay and stated that he believed Saban was going to coach following Friday’s negative test result.
“Upon being notified by the University of Alabama of a potential positive COVID-19 test result involving Nick Saban, the SEC Office provided and reviewed with the university the COVID-19 management requirements established by the SEC’s Medical Guidance Task Force and emphasized the need to comply with all local and state health policies.
“Consistent with the Conference’s COVID-19 management requirements, PAE, the third-party provider secured by the SEC to standardize and provide testing for the 14 member institutions, has utilized the authorized laboratory in processing and reporting the three tests 24 hours apart as necessary to satisfy the requirements of the Task Force policy regarding the handling of asymptomatic PCR positive tests.”
What Georgia football coach Kirby Smart said about Alabama
On how Georgia finds an edge and what the defense needs to do to succeed against Alabama, the nation’s leading-scoring offense…
“Well, I don’t know. I’m excited to go see. I’ve always loved the challenge, and we’ve got a good defense. We’ve got a good offense. The game will come down to a lot more than just those two units, I can assure you that. It’ll boil down to how our offense and their defense play and the special teams, but I’m excited to see it. I know our guys are excited about the challenge. I’m sure, offensively, it’s the same for them. They’ve heard about our defense and our defense has heard about their offense, so it’s a great opportunity for both units to go out and compete and go play, but I’m excited to see it. It’s going to boil down to the line of scrimmage, like it always does. They have success running it, and they’ll have a great play-action game. If they don’t, you try to make them one-dimensional, and that’s hard to do against Alabama.”
On the prolific offenses in college football and how Alabama has succeeded so well on offense …
“What’s made them succeed well is players. They’ve got really good players. Sark [Steve Sarkisian] does a great job of implementing the system that the kids can execute. It’s based on really hard guys to cover outside. They’ve got one of, probably the best backs in the country if not one of the best backs in the country. Najee [Harris] runs the ball really hard, and they are massive upfront. So, offensively, they are not built like some of these teams that go tempo the whole time and go hurry-up the whole time. They can go up-tempo and they do tempo well, but they are really big, they can take shots down the field with explosive wideouts they have. They make you defend the entire field.
“I think college football as a whole is more offensive because the rules lend it to be that way in terms of allowing — you can have linemen a little further down field in college, so the RPO game gets to be big. You can do tempo in college football at a lot higher rate. Tempo hasn’t been successful in the NFL because you get your quarterback hit and, to be honest with you, a lot of those NFL teams their linemen aren’t built to go tempo. They are not built to go 70, I mean 100 plays a game, and go really fast. A lot of the teams that have the most success statistically are tempo teams in college football. I think that has a lot to do with the success and the numbers you are seeing. Alabama capitalizes on a great system with a really good scheme and really good players.”
On how important Jordan Davis will be this week considering the size of Alabama’s offensive line…
“It’s extremely important. It’s huge, because the movement in the middle. If I had about three Jordan Davises, I’d feel a lot better, because we need to be able to match up with [Alabama players] Evan Neal and [Alex] Leatherwood and all the big guys they’ve got. But we’ve got some guys who will go in there and fight, and we’ve got some depth, so going to try and use those guys all we can.”
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