The SEC Network’s Tim Tebow and Marcus Spears both said they would like Alabama in a matchup over Georgia. The two undefeated SEC teams were ranked Nos. 1 and 2 in the first College Football Playoff ranking this week, but the committee placed the Dawgs ahead of the Crimson Tide.
“I think they’re close,” Spears said. “I don’t know much about (Georgia quarterback) Jake Fromm in adverse situations. That’s why I give (Alabama) the edge, because Jalen has been in the national championship, game on the line and delivered. So you would give them the edge there. But from a physical standpoint, from an athletic standpoint, I mean, you wouldn’t trade any of your guys for any over here. It’s the way Kirby recruits. It’s the way he identifies what type of player he wants. With the injuries to this (Alabama) defense, I probably would have taken this defense with everybody healthy before Georgia’s.”
Alabama hasn’t played Georgia since former defensive coordinator Kirby Smart took over as head coach in Athens. Georgia clinched the SEC East on Saturday thanks to a win over South Carolina and Kentucky’s loss to Ole Miss.
Tebow said Georgia may have faced harder tests than Alabama, but the Crimson Tide’s blowouts give them an edge.
“Everybody that they’ve played, they’ve executed almost as well as you can,” Tebow said. “They’ve dominated on offense, defense and special teams. Then they take out their first string and their second string dominates. They take out their second string and their third string dominates.”
It’s a close call between the two teams, though.
“It’s easy because we cover the SEC for us to get cliché and say ‘Alabama is head over heels better than everybody else,'” Spears said. “I don’t think that’s the case when it comes to Georgia.”