Roman Harper, Greg McElroy describe the recipes for success for Georgia, Alabama
Roman Harper believes Georgia needs to avoid turnovers and other mistakes to have a chance at changing the outcome of Monday’s national championship from the way the first matchup against Alabama went in December.
Harper previewed the game inside Lucas Oil Stadium on SportsCenter alongside Greg McElroy and Matt Barrie on ESPN on Saturday.
“You have to take care of the football, you cannot turn over the football,” Harper said. “Last game (against Alabama) Stetson Bennett played well, he had 2 really costly throws, and that was the biggest difference offensively. You have to protect the football at all costs, make Alabama out-execute you the whole game. And also defensively, you stop eliminating the mental errors and blown coverages. … You cannot allow Jameson Williams to run down the middle of your field untouched.”
McElroy took the Alabama angle, and said the Crimson Tide need to continue to give Bryce Young a clean pocket.
“That was huge, zero sacks allowed against Georgia the first time around,” McElroy said. “They also now in absence of John Metchie, Jameson Williams has to find one-on-ones and when he gets them, he has to win. Finally, they have to get this Georgia defense, who’s so stout in the middle of that defense, they have to get them running sideline to sideline. They’re big, they’re physical, but they tire quickly, especially if you get them running the way Alabama was able to do the first time around.”