Related: Kirby Smart isn’t distracted by Nick Saban’s status for Georgia-Alabama game
This will be Kirby Smart’s first trip to Alabama since serving as Alabama’s defensive coordinator, a role he held from 2008 through the 2015 season. The Bulldogs have lost five straight games to the Crimson Tide.
It will be the first time Georgia play at Bryant-Denny Stadium since the 2007 season, which was Saban’s first season on the job.
Georgia-Alabama: playing time
The time for the Georgia-Alabama football game is 8:00 p.m. ET.
Georgia-Alabama: TV channel
The Georgia-Alabama football game will air on CBS. Brad Nessler, Gary Danielson and Jamie Erdahl will broadcast the game.
Georgia-Alabama: how to watch online
You can watch the Georgia-Alabama football game using via CBS All-Access. You must have a subscription to watch.
Some sports betting has taken the game off the board due to Saban’s absence. Vegasinsider.com in Georgia has a 4-point underdog against Crimson Tide. The over / under of the match is 56.5. Georgia are 10-3 ATS in their last 13 games against a Top 10 opponent.
Georgia fans can stream the Georgia-Tennessee football game on 95.5FM WSB or AM750 WSB.
Nick Saban coach in Georgia-Alabama game?
Saban will need a negative PCR test from Friday and Saturday in addition to the one recorded on Thursday. If it all comes back as negative and he remains asymptomatic as he already is, Saban would be allowed to coach in the match.
Alabama provided an update on Saban’s health on Friday.
“Coach Saban was evaluated again today by Dr Robinson. He continues to be asymptomatic and without fever ”, said the statement. “We continue to follow the SEC Return to Activity and Medical Guidance Task Force protocol to test asymptomatic positives.
“He will continue to remain isolated and receive daily PCR tests. If he had three negative PCR tests in the laboratory designated by the SEC, every 24 hours apart, the initial test would be considered a false positive according to SEC protocols and we would be allowed to return. ”
What Georgia Football Coach Kirby Smart Said About Alabama
On how Georgia finds an advantage and what the defense needs to do to be successful against Alabama, the nation’s most significant offense…
“Well, I don’t know. I can’t wait to go see. I’ve always loved the challenge and we have good defense. We have a good offense. The game will come down to more than just these two units, I can assure you. It will come down to how our offense and defense play and special teams, but I’m glad to see it. I know our guys are excited about the challenge. I’m sure offensively it’s the same for them. They’ve heard about our defense and our defense has heard about their attack, so it’s a great opportunity for both units to come out and compete and go play, but I’m glad to see it. It’s going to come down to the line of scrimmage, as always. They manage to make it work and they will have a great action game. If they don’t, you’re trying to make them one-dimensional, and that’s hard to do against Alabama.
On the prolific offenses in college football and how Alabama did so well on offense…
“What made them succeed were the players. They have very good players. Sark [Steve Sarkisian] does a great job of implementing the system that kids can run. It’s based on some really tough guys to cover on the outside. They probably have one of the best full backs in the country, if not one of the best full backs in the country. Najee [Harris] throws the ball real hard, and they’re massive from the start. So offensively they’re not built like some of those teams that go to pace all the time and rush all the time. They can turn up the tempo and they beat the tempo well, but they’re really big, they can take hits on the court with explosive drops that they have. They make you defend the whole field.
“I think college football as a whole is more offensive because the rules prove it in terms of permission – you can have linemen a little lower in college, so the RPO game gets big. You can beat college football at a much higher pace. Tempo hasn’t been successful in the NFL because you get your quarterback shot and, to be honest with you, a lot of these NFL teams aren’t designed to go to the beat. They aren’t built to go up to 70, I mean 100 games per game and go really fast. Many of the more statistically successful teams are tempo teams in college football. I think it has a lot to do with the success and the numbers you see. Alabama capitalizes on an excellent system with a very good pattern and very good players.
On the importance of Jordan Davis this week given the size of Alabama’s offensive line…
“It’s extremely important. It’s huge, because the movement in the middle. If I had about three Jordan Davises I would feel a lot better because we need to be able to match with [Alabama players] Evan Neal et [Alex] Leatherwood and all the fat guys they got. But we have guys who are going to go out there and fight, and we have some depth, so let’s try to use these guys as much as we can.
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