Alabama-Florida State is a matchup that should deliver a few more buzzwords from the Alabama football camp this weekend, as the Gators look to make a run at the BCS title game.
It’s not a given, but it’s a fight that could be the most watched in college football.
Florida State and Georgia Tech will square off at home on Saturday.
Both teams have the benefit of being ranked No. 1 in the AP poll and should be favourites to win their respective games.
The stakes are high.
Alabama is one of the nation’s most experienced teams, while Georgia Tech has a strong pedigree, including the school’s first BCS championship since 2009.
This game could have huge implications for the 2016 campaign.
What we learned about Alabama-Gators matchup article We’ve already seen what Alabama has in the secondary.
The secondary ranks seventh in the country in interceptions, while the pass rush is also solid.
But Alabama also has the ability to be a good pass defense.
Last season, Alabama allowed just seven touchdown passes, while allowing a league-worst 934 yards per game.
That’s not to mention that they have the best run defense in the nation.
While Georgia Tech was ranked as high as No. 8 in the preseason rankings, it was ranked only eighth in the final rankings.
We’ve seen the difference between Alabama and GeorgiaTech in this game, as Alabama is expected to be much more aggressive against the run and will be looking to get pressure on the quarterback.
However, the Georgia Tech offensive line has struggled with injuries.
On Saturday, they’ll be back in full force after getting healthy in the last week.
Coach Nick Saban has said that this will be a new era for the Bulldogs, but the offense has been inconsistent this season.
Georgia Tech is led by junior quarterback Nathan Peterman, who has thrown for 4,187 yards and 21 touchdowns this season, and sophomore tailback Nick Chubb, who leads the team with 856 yards and 11 touchdowns.
They also have sophomore linebacker Deion Jones and junior defensive tackle Brandon Browner.
If the offense struggles in this matchup, then Georgia Tech could be vulnerable against the pass.
Their defense is a threat to rush the passer and is led, in many ways, by the offensive line.
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