ATHENS — One primary narrative coming into Georgia’s game against Alabama is that the Bulldogs haven’t encountered a defensive line or front seven the likes with which it will have to deal on Saturday.
To that, Georgia’s offensive line offer this retort: The Crimson Tide haven’t met an offensive front of their caliber either.
“I feel like we’re good,” sophomore guard Isaiah Wynn said after the Bulldogs’ practice Monday night. “I feel like it will really just come down to our technique. I feel like as long as we have good technique we’re going to win that game.”
Wynn agreed that Alabama will bring to Sanford Stadium the best defense the Bulldogs have faced all season and, as such, would provide the ultimate test.
“And I think we’re going to pass it with flying colors,” he said with a grin.
On paper, it appears to be a fantastic matchup. The Crimson Tide are fourth in the nation and first in the SEC by a country mile in rush defense, allowing just 56.8 yards a game. Conversely, Georgia is second in the SEC and 17th in the country in rushing (257.8 ypg) and fourth nationally in yards per carry (6.87).
The Bulldogs’ offensive linemen said their confidence shouldn’t be interpreted as a lack of respect for Bama’s defense. On the contrary.
“It’s going to be a challenge; those guys are the best of the best,” junior guard Greg Pyke said. “That’s why we came in here on Monday and started watching film on those guys. They’re putting up great film. But those one-on-one matchups, if you win them across the board, you’re gonna move the ball, have some good yards and score a lot of points. If we do our jobs up front and win those matchups and keep quarterback Greyson (Lambert) upright, nobody’s going to be able to stop us when those backs head downhill.”
Said Wynn: “They tend not to have many MA’s, no missed assignments. They play hard, physical.”
Bama is also fourth in the SEC with 2.75 sacks per game. Meanwhile, Georgia’s offense is allowing the second fewest sacks in the league (0.75 pg)
“I feel great,” Wynn said of the Bulldogs’ ability to protect Lambert. “I feel like as long as we’re on the same page, we’re going to lower that number of sacks.