No. 8 Georgia (4-0) will host No. 13 Alabama (3-1) on Saturday in a game that will have College Football Playoff implications. While both programs are eyeing the same destination, they are on completely different paths. Alabama is trying to stay on top of the SEC mountain, while Georgia is trying to climb it.
Why might this be the Bulldogs’ year? Well, for starters, they dismantled South Carolina, 52-20, on Sept. 19, thus removing the thorn in their side that has been Steve Spurrier.
“I think (that) was (a huge win),” former Georgia quarterback and current Georgia radio host Eric Zeier said on CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show said. “There were a lot of questions going into that game around our new starting quarterback, Greyson Lambert, and of course he came out and set an NCAA record for completion percentage, and defensively we played well. So many times throughout the past of the University of Georgia, Steve Spurrier has come in with teams that shouldn’t have beaten Georgia and he’d walk out of the stadium with a victory in hand. When we were able to go out and play one of the most convincing games that we’ve played – we executed unbelievably well, both the offensive and defensive sides of the football – all of a sudden the fervor around this team and the thought process around this team went from one of doubt to we might be for real. So it started there. Obviously everything building to this week – there’s excitement in the air. I think there is a belief with some underlying trepidation around what could happen (Saturday).”
As Zeier explained, Georgia fans were excited early in the week but are now a little more nervous with the 3:30 p.m. ET kickoff approaching.
“The week started with tremendous excitement,” he said. “It is our time. It is our team. The prevailing thought is that Alabama, while still one of the best teams in the country, is not the Alabama of all the national championships form a couple years ago. It’s our time to step up and take it. As we moved through the week, you could feel the tension begin to mount a little bit around potentially a missed opportunity. So I think it’s a little bit of both. As we near game time, though, all that is being talked about in the state of Georgia and throughout Bulldog Nation is this game and this is our time to really step up and put ourselves on the national stage for real.”