Monday, November 26, 2012

SECCG - at first glance

One of the quotes that stuck out to me from Richt's teleconference was in reference to game planning, saying that "we're not going to reinvent the wheel" and emphasizing patience offensively. If Murray and the offense can manage the field position and protect the football, Richt knows that the results could fall in his favor.

The reason is that his staff is making the adjustments at halftime to put opponents away and control the game. On the other hand Bama has been more adept at coming out of the gate at full tilt (granted their 3rd quarter column may reflect the fact that many of their games have been over by halftime). Take a look:

Georgia
1st quarter
2nd quarter
3rd quarter
4th quarter
Offensive scoring
9.5
9.7
12.2
6.0
Opponent scoring
5.2
6.4
2.5
4.0

Alabama
1st quarter
2nd quarter
3rd quarter
4th quarter
Offensive scoring
10.7
14.5
4.0
8.8
Opponent scoring
2.4
2.5
2.2
3.0

In the end I feel that this game like so many others will come down to the line of scrimmage, especially how well our offensive line handles their scheme and process. But from a coaching standpoint, two things to watch for will be how well Richt has his team ready to play from the start (read: slow start = long, miserable afternoon) and how well Alabama handles Georgia's halftime adjustments.