As it turned out, Alabama had other ideas.
The Crimson Tide had outscored opponents 64-0 in the first quarter of games so far this season and 102-13 in the first halves of their games. They added to those numbers Saturday.
Alabama scored on each of its first five possessions to take a 31-0 lead into the half at Sanford Stadium. The deficit was the largest faced by a Georgia team at home in the first half since Auburn led the Bulldogs 31-0 in their game in 1999.
Georgia fullback Brannan Southerland didn't return to the offense Saturday, but he did get his first taste of playing time of the season.
The senior played on several special teams, including filling in as the personal protector on punt formations after missing the first four games of the season following foot surgery.
Southerland has 21 touchdowns in his Georgia career but was forced to undergo two separate surgeries on his foot. The latter surgery came after he re-injured himself this spring, delaying his return to the field. Head coach Mark Richt said he expects Southerland to be back at fullback when the Bulldogs take on Tennessee in two weeks.
"Any time you come off an injury, you never know what's going to happen," Southerland said. "You can't really plan it out, you've just got to be smart about it."
BLACK OR WHITE
Georgia's "blackout" made headlines all week, and both the team and fans donned black attire for the Bulldogs' game against No. 8 Alabama.
Fans of the Crimson Tide who made the trip to Athens, however, had plans of their own, initiating a "whiteout." A large contingent of Alabama fans covered part the lower level of the north side of the Sanford Stadium and spread throughout the upper deck dressed in bright white.
Middle linebacker Dannell Ellerbe left Georgia's game against Alabama in the first quarter with a knee injury. ... Tight end Tripp Chandler was shaken up on a special teams play in the first half, but returned to action on Georgia's next series. ... Defensive end Justin Houston made the first start of his career Saturday. ... Matthew Stafford's pass in the second half that bounced off receiver A.J. Green and into the hands of Alabama's Dont'a Hightower was his first interception of the season.