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October 16, 2020
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SEC Division Leaders Meet UnderThe Lights

No. 3 Georgia goes on the road to face No. 2 Alabama this Saturday at 8 p.m. ET in a matchup of the SEC division leaders. Under Kirby Smart, the Bulldogs are 9-4 inTop-10 showdowns. Georgia’s last win over a team ranked as high as No. 2 came in the 2018 College Football Playoff Semifnal when the Bulldogs defeated No. 2 Oklahoma 54-48 in overtime in the Rose Bowl Game.

Georgia has faced Alabama twice in the Smart era with the Crimson Tide rallying back both times. No. 4 Alabama won the 2018 CFP National Championship Game 26-23 over No. 3 Georgia in overtime. Then, No. 1 Alabama edged No. 4 Georgia 35-28 during the 2018 SEC Championship Game.

The Bulldogs went 3-1 versusTop-10 teams in 2019. Georgia beat No. 7 Notre Dame in Athens, No. 6 Florida in Jacksonville, Fla., and No. 7 Baylor in the Sugar Bowl. The lone loss came to then No. 2 LSU in the SEC Championship Game.

This Saturday, the Bulldogs will be facing their third Top-15 foe in a row. Georgia dominated No. 7 Auburn 27-6 in Athens on Oct. 3 and then beat No. 14 Tennessee 44-21 at home last weekend. The last time the Bulldogs faced three Top-25 teams in a row in three consecutive weeks came in 2018 when Georgia reeled off victories over No. 9 Florida, No. 9 Kentucky and No. 24 Auburn.

Quick Look At The Matchups

Alabama is coming off a 63-48 shoot out with Ole Miss and enters the matchup with the nation’s top-rated Scoring Offense at 51.0 ppg. Meanwhile the Bulldogs rank fifth nationally in Scoring Defense at 12.3 ppg. Georgia ranks 22nd nationally in Scoring Offense at 36.0. The Tide fell to 44th in the country in Scoring Defense at 30.3 after their contest last weekend.

Junior Jake Camarda and the Bulldog punting unit is enjoying a splendid start to the season. Currently, Camarda leads the nation with a 51.4 avg. and the Dogs are No. 1 in the country in Net Punting at 47.7. Alabama has punted just six times this year with Sam Johnson averaging 37.2 yards a punt. In eld goals, redshirt sophomore Jack Podlesny is 7-for-8 while Alabama’s Will Reichard has made his only two attempts and leads the SEC with 21 PATs.

Georgia is +3 in Turnover Margin this year and the defense has scored two touchdowns through three games. The Bulldogs have 16 defensive or special teams scores in the Smart era.
Series History

Alabama leads the all-time series with Georgia 40-25-4. Georgia won the first meeting, coming in 1895, with a 30-6 triumph in Columbus. In the series history, Georgia has made just nine trips to Tuscaloosa and gone 2-7. However, the Bulldogs have left town with a victory in their last two visits. Seventh-ranked Georgia won 27-25 over No. 22 Alabama in 2002. In 2007, No. 22 Georgia registered a 26-23 decision over No. 16 Alabama in overtime in Nick Saban’s first season.

Since then, the Crimson Tide have won the past five meetings, including the 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship Game in overtime. Alabama’s other wins in this span came in Athens during the 2008 and 2015 regular season and in the 2012 and 2018 SEC Championship Games in Atlanta.

Did You Know?

The Bulldogs are also the only team in the nation with two wins against the current AP Top 25.
Dogs Featured On ESPN College GameDay For SecondTime

This will mark the second time ESPN College GameDay will be at a Georgia game this year. The Bulldogs topped No. 7 Auburn 27-6 in Athens on Oct. 3 with GameDay on site earlier in the day. Last year, GameDay was on hand for Georgia’s third straight trip to the SEC Championship Game in Atlanta. GameDay also came to Athens for the Dogs’ win over #7 Notre Dame in 2019.

 
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