Alabama football plays Georgia on Saturday in Atlanta for the SEC championship, with a playoff berth likely on the line. Here's how the sports staff at The Tuscaloosa News sees the outcome:
Georgia 24, Alabama 17
Georgia is a more complete team than Alabama. It isn't perfect, but its closer to it than Alabama. The Tide's biggest concern, pass protection, grew undeniable in the Iron Bowl. Alabama running back Brian Robinson Jr. also has been limited at practice with a pulled muscle. Alabama is good enough to compete, though.
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Georgia 17, Alabama 10
This game will give flashbacks to the early Nick Saban days, with both defenses controlling the action. As well as Bryce Young and company have looked at times this season, the Georgia defense is too much for them.
Georgia 24, Alabama 20
Coming off an emotional victory, this will be Alabama's toughest game. It will basically be a home game for the Bulldogs, and they'll come out swinging. Georgia will play a great first half, the Crimson Tide will make a late comeback again but it won't be enough to stop the best team in the country.
Alabama 24, Georgia 17
Whether its a one-score win at home against LSU or Arkansas or escaping by less than a field goal on the road against Florida and Auburn, Alabama has played to everyone's level thus far. Who's to say the Tide won't rise up to the occasion when facing the No. 1 team in the nation? It will be a battle in the trenches that will come down to who has the ball last.
Georgia 21, Alabama 14
Alabama showed a lot of heart in its Iron Bowl win, but that was barely enough to beat a .500 team. The Crimson Tide will need to play perfectly to upset Georgia, and what we've seen this season has been far from perfect.
Georgia 31, Alabama 17
The Iron Bowl highlighted mistakes made by the Alabama offense against a less-than-superior Auburn defense as compared to that of Georgia. Alabama will have to play mistake-free football on both sides of the ball to win this game, and so far this season the Tide has only done that in two games.
This article originally appeared on The Tuscaloosa News: The Tuscaloosa News staff picks the SEC Championship game score