Alabama Week: Hale's Three Keys

ATHENS - David Hale's Three Keys to Georgia's game with Alabama.

Stop the run. Alabama has thrived on its ground game so far, and quarterback John Parker Wilson hasn't been asked to do much. The Crimson Tide ran 35 times for 328 yards a week ago and more than 60 percent of their offense has come on the ground this season. The Bulldogs have held their last two opponents to a combined 22 yards rushing. They'll need to do the same to Alabama and put the game on Wilson's shoulders.

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.


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