Can Alabama Upset Third-Ranked Georgia?

In approaching a weekly assignment of attempting to select the winners in Southeastern Conference games, it seems appropriate to revisit the summer prediction that Alabama would have a 10-2 regular season schedule. That's because one of the 2s is upon us.

Anyone who takes his college football predictions too seriously is hardly a clear thinker. For anyone who could really do it, there are places and ways to make a lot of money. Don't take it as anything more than fun and games.

Nevertheless, sweat is on the brow this week. In the pre-season, one of our predicted losses was the Sept. 27 game at Georgia. That seemed a long way away, and it also seemed a no-brainer. Georgia was being strongly considered as the nation's best college football team. The Bulldogs have excellent coaching, quarterback play, and among the finest running backs in the nation. And a lot more.

But back in the summer, we hadn't seen Javier Arenas at cornerback or Justin Woodall at safety or Terrence Cody at nose tackle. We didn't know that Glen Coffee could go 87 yards or that Julio Jones was really as good as advertised. We didn't know Drew Davis was going to be a capable right tackle.

That doesn't mean Alabama should be favored when the Crimson Tide goes to Athens Saturday, but it's something to consider.

The game will be one of the biggest in the nation. Georgia is ranked third in the nation, Alabama eighth. The game will be nationally telecast by ESPN with kickoff at 7:45 p.m. EDT (6:45 p.m. central time).

Last year in Bryant-Denny Stadium the Crimson Tide came close against the Bulldogs. It went to overtime and Georgia finished the job, winning 26-23.

Alabama Coach Nick Saban isn't satisfied with Alabama's 4-0 start to the 2008 season. He wasn't satisfied with the 34-10 win over then ninth-ranked Clemson to open the season. He wasn't happy when Bama went to Fayetteville Saturday and blasted Arkansas 49-14.

Last summer my prediction was that Georgia would beat Alabama. Hard analysis probably would confirm that prediction. But I don't have a problem picking Alabama to win a football game.

I always think Alabama is going to win. And I'm almost always right. Ah-ight?

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