Given Alabama's production and domination in just about every facet of the game this season, it can be difficult to find an area where Georgia could have an advantage in Saturday's SEC championship game, aside from the kicking game.
However, if you peel back the layers a little bit and really dissect Georgia's offense the past five weeks, it becomes apparent that Alabama's defense will need to be really efficient against the pass, particularly on third down.
The Bulldogs' offense has been humming since the loss to LSU six weeks ago. The SEC East champs have a better chance than most expect if they can continue their success on early run downs and their high third-down conversion rate through the air.
Before suffering its lone defeat, Georgia converted 40 percent of its third-down pass attempts. Since the LSU loss, the Bulldogs are converting at a 67 percent rate during a five-game win streak. This offensive output reflects an increase in early-down run-game success, but it also reflects Jake Fromm's advancements as a quarterback, namely his progressions and accuracy in the pocket.
While establishing the run to set up the pass would be ideal, this will be a challenge. Alabama has been sensational against the run. Against run-heavy teams such as LSU, Auburn, Mississippi State and Texas A&M, Alabama allowed 79 rush yards per game. On first-down runs, Alabama is allowing just 3.61 yards per rush (fifth best among FBS teams).
Although Bama is highly talented, its inexperience lies in its secondary, and this Georgia team is equipped with an arsenal of explosive pass-catchers. Production on early run downs for Georgia, coupled with third-down conversions through the air, might just be the ideal recipe for success. How should Georgia define success? Keep Alabama's offense on the sideline.
Let's take a look at why Fromm and this Georgia offense have been so effective passing the football in recent weeks, particularly on third down.