With Notre Dame's spot locked up in the BCS National Title game, the heads of many Irish fans have turned towards Saturday's upcoming SEC Title match-up of Alabama vs. Georgia. Both teams have impressive resumes and the winner of the game is expected to take on Notre Dame on January 7th.
However, one problem for several Irish fans is that many of them have been so focused on Notre Dame's next opponent, just like the team themselves, that they haven't worried about who they would play in the national title. Therefore many fans know little about Alabama or Georgia, but not to worry here's some quick facts about both SEC schools:
Players to know: QB Aaron Murray, LB Jarvis Jones, DT Johnathan Jenkins, LB Alec Ogletree, RB Todd Gurley, S Shawn Williams, CB Rod Sweeting, and WR Taverras King.
Scoring: Georgia's offense scores 38 points per game and their defense allows 17.66 points per game.
Notable Win: Despite Murray throwing three interceptions the Bulldogs were able to get a big win over the No. 4 ranked Florida on Oct. 27. Georgia's defense held the Florida offense to just nine points. This win is a major reason that Georgia is in the BCS National Title conversation. Gurley geared the Bulldogs to the 17-9 win with his 118 yards and 1 touchdown against one of the nation's top defenses.
Loss: The Bulldogs were in the dog house after losing to South Carolina on the road midway through their season. Despite having NFL-level talent on defense Georgia could not stop the South Carolina offense. Connor Shaw tossed in two touchdowns and Marcus Lattimore had 109 yards to lead the Gamecocks offense. It did not help the Bulldogs either that Murray had one of his worst games of the season completing just 11 passes on 31 attempts. South Carolina won the game 35-7.
Players to know: QB A. J. McCarron, RB Eddie Lacy, RB T. J. Yeldon, WR Amari Cooper, OT Chance Warmack, CB Dee Milliner, and DT Jessie Williams.
Scoring: Alabama scores 39 points per game and allows only 9.25 points per game.
Notable Win: Every year when Alabama plays Louisiana State University it is hyped up to be on of the biggest games of the season and this year it certainly was. Alabama went into the game undefeated and needed the win to continue their quest towards a chance at the national title. It took a touchdown pass from McCarron to Yeldon in the last minute of the game for the Tide to get the win against the LSU Tigers. They escaped Baton Rouge with a 29-24 win.
Loss: Heading into the week South Carolina Head Coach Steve Spurrier said on a national radio show that he thought Alabama was good enough to beat some teams in the NFL. Little did Spurrier know that statement was enough to motivate Texas A&M Heisman Candidate Johnny Manziel to disprove his theory. Manziel and the Aggies went into Tuscaloosa and shocked the world beating the No. 1 ranked Crimson Tide 29-24. Many say the win might help Manziel win the Heisman Trophy. The freshman quarterback threw for 253 yards and 2 touchdowns to go along with his 92 yards rushing. This hiccup game for Alabama is the reason their shot in the National Title game is coming down to beating Georgia.
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