Going into the Georgia game, I am extremely excited about the opportunities in front of our football team. We have played well this season and have earned a high ranking. That said, I have several points of concern.
1. Our pass rush-
We're not getting to the quarterback enough and Matthew Stafford has such a strong arm that he can pick us apart if we don't. This must change.
2. Vulnerability to screens-
Georgia is a notorious screen team and yesterday Arkansas showed that we are still vulnerability to this type of pass play.
3. Our pass blocking-
While we haven't given up many sacks, our opponents get to JPW a little bit faster than one would like. Georgia has a dominating pass rush. I seriously doubt we'll be able to pound the ball on them for 200+ yards, so we're going to have to throw and we're going to have to block well when we do so.
4. Our kickoff coverage-
Point blank, it needs to improve. We're giving up too much kickoff return yardage.
I do think he has managed games well, but other than parts of the Clemson game, he hasn't exactly shredded opposing defenses. I think we all know that Georgia has an awesome rush defense. No matter how well we run the ball, JPW will have to make throws and minimize incomplete passes.
6. Creativity in offensive playcalling-
I realize that Jim McElwain has more in his playbook than he has shown and that he's a good enough coach not to call plays prematurely, but I hope we are not so predictable on first and second down. I know Saban and Co. don't want to put the game on JPW's shoulders, but I honestly think that UGA has too good of a defense for us to simply try to run right over. Hey, I'd love it if we did and I'd be the first one to admit I was wrong, but my gut tells me we're going to have to pass well to beat them. Nobody wants to see Alabama in a lot of 3rd and 9's next Saturday. Hopefully Coach calls a good game and makes it easier on the players to succeed.
No matter what, something has got to give. They're undefeated and ranked third. We're undefeated and ranked ninth as of this moment. If we can manage to win a game like this on the road, we'll know our team is for real. It's going to take a great effort. I know we have it in us. Roll Tide, Roll!