Questions we have about Alabama football before College Football Playoff championship
No. 1 Alabama football is set to face No. 3 Georgia for the second time this season after the Crimson Tide defeated the Bulldogs in the SEC Championship Game.
Alabama (13-1) will face Georgia (13-1) at 7 p.m. CT on Monday in the College Football Playoff championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
Here are questions about the Crimson Tide ahead of the matchup.
What will the offensive line look like?
If Alabama could copy and paste the offensive line's performance from the most recent matchup against Georgia, it probably would.
Zero sacks allowed and plenty of time for quarterback Bryce Young to pick apart the Georgia secondary.
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Replicating that will be difficult considering the talent the Bulldogs have on defense, no matter who's blocking, but Alabama is also dealing with some injuries among offensive linemen. Right guard Emil Ekiyor Jr. has a shoulder injury and right tackle Chris Owens appeared to suffer a lower body injury in the Cotton Bowl. The status for both was unclear a week before the game.
JC Latham, a five-star freshman, filled in at guard after Ekiyor went down in the first quarter. He fared well in pass protection, allowing only one hit, one pressure and zero sacks or hurries against Cincinnati, per Pro Football Focus' charting.
For Young to hit Williams on more big plays, the offensive line will need to give him time. Who's available and how well they play could play a significant role in that.
Can Jameson Williams replicate SEC Championship Game success?
Williams' speed proved to be too much for the Bulldogs to handle. He caught a 67-yard touchdown pass and a 55-yard touchdown pass.
He isn't expected to have John Metchie III opposite of him, though, because of Metchie's ACL injury. That certainly doesn't help, because whenever the two have been on the field together this season, defenses haven't been able to key on just one.
But Williams proved against Georgia that he can still make plays even when Metchie isn't on the field. Metchie left the SEC Championship Game in the first half and did not return. Williams' second touchdown, the one that went for 55 yards, came without Metchie on the field.
Georgia is sure to dedicate resources to stopping Williams, but his speed might still prove to be too much to handle.
Can Alabama limit TE Brock Bowers?
Alabama's defense proved quite stout in the SEC Championship Game, but the one player who gave the Crimson Tide the most problems was Bowers.
He's a freshman, but he doesn't play like a newbie. Against Alabama alone, he caught 10 passes for 139 yards and a touchdown. This season, he has 12 touchdowns.
If Alabama can slow Bowers, the Georgia offense will likely struggle. If not, it could be a long day for the Crimson Tide defense.
How will a healthier Brian Robinson Jr. affect the matchup?
In case anyone had any doubts, the Cincinnati game squashed them: Robinson is pretty healthy now. He ran for 204 yards.
Heading into the SEC Championship Game, however, Robinson was dealing with a pulled muscle in his lower body from the Iron Bowl the week before.
Against the Bulldogs, he ran for 55 yards on 16 carries while Alabama rode the passing game to victory.
Georgia's run defense is stout, so it's not surprising Alabama turned to the passing game and didn't have the same dominance running the football that it had against Cincinnati. But now that Robinson seems to be at full strength, there might be more opportunities for big runs. Especially if the Georgia defense is focused on stopping Williams and the passing game.
How much will Alabama change its formula?
When a team loses the first matchup, it's clear it needs to make changes. The team that won the previous matchup, however, has a greater challenge.
How much does it change or tweak?
The formula before worked for Alabama. Georgia has seen that version, though. So, the Crimson Tide might need to add some wrinkles and surprises that the Bulldogs didn't see before.
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