Don't give up the big plays. Alabama's Javier Arenas provides a big problem on special teams. Georgia has had difficulty covering kick and punt returns of late, and Arenas can be a game-changer. The Bulldogs have also fumbled five times in the past two weeks, but have recovered all of them. If Alabama can make a big play on special teams or grab a few turnovers, that could be the difference in what looks to be a close game on paper.
Protect Matthew Stafford. Alabama is as good up the middle on defense as anyone in the country, and that starts with the gargantuan defensive tackle Terrence Cody. Cody will be matched against center Ben Jones, a tall (and pretty much big all around) order for the true freshman. Georgia's new-look offensive line looked good against Arizona State, but Alabama provides a much bigger challenge – literally.