Paul Finebaum outlines how Georgia measures up with Alabama
The two odds-on favorites to reach the SEC Championship in Atlanta remain Alabama and Georgia. But how would that came play out in terms of matchups.
With Alabama coming off its SEC opener at South Carolina, and Georgia set to get its first real test of the season this week against Notre Dame, SEC Network host Paul Finebaum shared some opinions on the programs during a segment with “Golic and Wingo” on ESPN radio.
“Alabama is shaky. They gave up a late score on a stupid penalty that cost them winning on the road against South Carolina by 30,” Finebaum said, tongue in cheek, according to 247Sports. “But there’s nervousness because of a lot of injuries on defense, the running game doesn’t seem to be going.”
Both teams will face some adversity from a scheduling standpoint, but maybe not until November. Though Alabama plays at Texas A&M on Oct. 12, that could be a bit of a challenge. Georgia also plays A&M on Nov. 23, and both teams, of course, play Auburn on the road.
As for Georgia, Finebaum said the Bulldogs have the best offensive line in college football, and that sets up the quarterback.
“Jake Fromm is a really good quarterback,” he said. “He may not get the credit from the pundits to be in the upper echelon, but he is really good, and two years ago, in South Bend was his coming out party. Remember: he replaced (Jacob) Eason; that was his first big start. They have dynamic players in the backfield in (D’Andre) Swift. They have a young group of wide receivers, which they’ve had some attrition there. And their defense, especially in the secondary, is quite good.”
“I think Georgia is extremely complete,” Finebaum said. “I think they’re capable of beating Alabama, and I think they’re capable of beating Notre Dame by double-digits.”
Georgia is about a 13 1/2 point favorite for its primetime matchup with the Fighting Irish, which will be televised on CBS.