No. 1 Georgia Fails to Turn the Tide


Worn out and defeated, that is how the Georgia Bulldogs felt after their first loss of the season this past weekend against Alabama in the Southeastern Conference Championship. This was the seventh straight win over Georgia for the Alabama team led by Nick Saban. Leading up to the game, there was lots of debate about who would win. Would Georgia’s defense shut out Bryce Young or would Stetson Bennett emerge over the Crimson Tide as the underdog quarterback?

But thankfully for Alabama, Bryce Young was one of the stars of the show as he broke a school and conference record for passing yards. Young threw three touchdown passes and rushed for one which led to a 41-24 win. Young had a total of 421 passing yards this past weekend which topped the previous record set by former Alabama quarterback Mac Jones. 286 of those yards happened in the first half. He also had 40 rushing yards.

Georgia just could not seem to get going on defense or offense even though they scored first. Georgia’s praised defense that was considered to be one of the best in the country had only allowed seven touchdowns in 48 quarters going into the game. They gave up three in the first half against Alabama making it 24-17 at the half. But that did not last long as Alabama’s safety Jordan Battle picked off Georgia’s Stetson Bennett and ran it back for a touchdown early in the third quarter.

Although the loss was upsetting for the Bulldogs it was not enough to knock them out of the playoffs. On Sunday the College Football Playoff Committee announced their last rankings for the season which dropped Georgia from one to three in the rankings while Alabama jumped from three to one. Michigan and Cincinnati also won their conference championship games leaving Michigan at number two and Cincinnati at number four. That means that Alabama will play Cincinnati and Michigan will play Georgia in the semifinal games.