Woeful on the road: Dawgs try to regroup at Bama

ATHENS – Taking a hard look at tonight's game between Alabama and Georgia may be enough to make even the most die-hard Bulldog fan's eyes hurt.

Alabama, the 17th ranked team in the land, seems to be on the way to the SEC West title, and seriously contending for the overall league championship. Bama is in first place in the West and is only a game behind mighty Kentucky for the lead in the SEC.

The Bulldogs are near 20-point underdogs again, and the likely return of Levi Stukes from injury and breaking team rules gives the Dawgs life. But they will need more than Stukes' 16.3 points to win. Another player must begin to consistently step up and help with the scoring load.

Channing Toney seems to be the best candidate, but he is the most inconsistent player on the team. All of Georgia's inside players seem in over their heads as they have been out-rebounded in all but two contests (Ole Miss and Vanderbilt) and have been out-rebounded by more than double digits in three of their six SEC games. Bama, on the other hand, have only been out-rebounded once in SEC play. Scoring inside has become one of the most difficult struggles of the season.

No team is perfect, however as even powerful Alabama has a loss in the SEC. Their one slip up was against Vanderbilt – that was the lone game the Tide got out-rebounded. It's he same Commodore program the Bulldogs upended one week ago today. It's strange the way things work in the SEC. No conference game is an easy one, particularly on the road. SEC games usually are close (not necessarily for Georgia this season against the top tier of the league – they lost to Kentucky and Florida by an average of 22 points). If a conference team has a fighting attitude they can be trouble at home no matter what their record.

Today, however, is too great a task to expect the Baby (young) Bulldogs to accomplish. Georgia is 15-36 on the road in the SEC since 1999. After tonight's game they'll be 15-37.

Georgia 52
Alabama 75

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