It’s not so much that Nick Foles is going to blow this season and take the No. 1 seed down with him. It’s that he’s failing at being Carson Wentz, which most quarterbacks in the NFL would.
And that the handful of quarterbacks in the NFC who have been on Wentz’s level this season and, more important, previously, are all lying in wait for the Eagles in the playoffs. They have home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs, yet folks are shouting one and done about the Eagles right now more than they do about Kentucky’s basketball recruits.
Not only that, but Georgia will have the advantage of playing this neutral-site game in Atlanta, a city that is one hour from campus and has 90,000 alumni in the metro area. Remember, Saban won his first national championship coaching LSU on a neutral field against Oklahoma in the 2004 Sugar Bowl in New Orleans.
But that’s about where Georgia’s advantages stop. Alabama under Saban has been most vulnerable to dual-threat quarterbacks in an up-tempo spread. Think of Deshaun Watson at Clemson or Johnny Manziel at Texas A&M.
That is not what the Georgia offense is. As good as Bulldogs seniors Nick Chubb and Sony Michel are, does anyone think an offense that ran the ball 69 percent of the time, that is run by a true freshman quarterback (Jake Fromm), can turn back a Saban defense?
On the other hand, Georgia will have a much easier time stopping Alabama, which Clemson held to 261 total yards, than it did stopping Oklahoma, which gained 531 yards Monday in the Rose Bowl. And that’s before factoring in the knowledge that Smart will bring to bear against the Tide.
It will be very weird, Tide defensive back Anthony Averett said. He was my coach my first three years I was here. He’s a great coach. [Georgia defensive coordinator] Coach [Mel] Tucker coached me as well. They know what we’re going to do. We know what they’re going to do, like Clemson. It definitely makes it more fun.