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Georgia’s legend and ESPN analyst David Pollack know one or two about the SEC Championship. In his time in Georgia, Pollack played in 2002 and 2003 the SEC championship game, which won against Arkansas 2002. His “03 team lost to an LSU team, who was coach of Nick Saban, now on Alabama pages.” 1
9659004] Pollack met with reporters before Saturday’s SEC championship game, which sees that No. 1 Alabama takes up number 4 Georgia. College GameDay analysts shared a very interesting view of what Georgia can do to slow down the Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, and what Georgia crime need to do to win the game.
Georgia and Alabama kickoff at 4 pm ET on CBS. The game can also be heard on WSB Radio 95.5 FM / 750 AM
DawgNation: What do you remember to play in this game when You were in Georgia?
David Pollack: It was amazing, it was loud. I do not think people understand the extent of this game and the sound and voice of the game. It’s higher than the championship game. The people in the south are crazy, it breathes and then football. It only means so much to the people, so the atmosphere is always so freakin cool.
DN: Is the fact that both Georgia and Alabama have played in the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, does it play the role of trust in a game like this?
DP: does not matter since both sides have played here before? No it does not matter, but there are many young children who have not played in this game before it will have big effects. I think when you look at Georgia … there are a lot of young people who have not seen this environment in this big game. But there are two good teams, and it will be amazing. I’m sure there’s a lot of pain a year ago. You are watching the hype video and I assure you 2nd and 26 have been talked about a note, and I’m sure it will be a shoulder-type chip. Looking back in 2002, it was a big moment for Georgia, but in 2003 LSU destroyed us. But when they came back to our building in 2004, we pissed out of them. Nick Saban was the coach, and all offseason, it was at that moment and hit the team. Every time I see Nick, we always talk about Nick, and he’s like “you were just pissed and just killing us.” So revenge and all that goes into it.
DawgNation: For Georgia’s crime, is the challenge to keep Tua (Tagovailoa) sideways and play ball control or to be as explosive as possible to try to match them point by point?
DP: You must get 30 plus. No defense in college football holds Alabama under 30. You’re better off to score, you’re better off on your track shoes and whatever looks like a schematic point of view, you’ll understand it better. No one has been able to stick to a game plan against Alabama because they end and then Tua makes a goal, and then stops and Tua, you’re down 14 and the running game is out of it. You start better quickly. Start fast is the key. A year ago you did it, and you came in and changed the game. It’s contra-intuitive, and you’ll never hear an analyst say this, but I’d let Alabama run the football. When have you ever said that about Alabama? Let them run soccer, and when you enter the red (zone) you play man’s coverage, less RPO games, you become more aggressive and you have less land to cover. You get them to kick three, and their kicker is not the best in the world and their goals on field goals become more real if you do.
DN: You mention sacrificing the run against Tua, is not the recipe that got Georgia in trouble in Rose Bowl against Oklahoma with Baker Mayfield last year?
DP: Did they win? I would give up the running game. I’m not saying giving up 40-yard pieces, that’s stupid. But RPO action? I would play, I would give up runs, and if they get six, seven meters a pop, I get into redzone. Now I get aggressive, I remove these window boxes, those timelines. (Deander) Baker can be on an island where he wants. Now I feel more comfortable with (Tyrique) Mcghee, Tyson Campebll who plays more man-stretching. When they have the whole field, and Alabama has that guy who plays quarterback and the speed of the outside and the offensive line, good luck.
DN: Some fans are hopeful that maybe Georgia shows some flash pressure as they have not shown yet. Perhaps you get some of the newborn linebacks. How much optimism should it make for Georgia?
DP: You must create some sales. If you think Georgia’s defense, which is one of the best in the country, will end Tua, and they’ve kept things back, I do not know that plan. I have not seen that as yet. How many passes as Tua is thrown in the fourth quarter of this year? Again, modern football has changed. I wish I could say I love watching defensive football matches. It does not happen so often. The Saints and Cowboys last night (Thursday) were like “Oh my God, there is defense again.” It happens sporadically, but I think we are looking for a lot of points and Georgia gets better grade shoes. They must be aggressive. I love what (Georgia’s offensive co-ordinator Jim) Chaney did last year against them, with seven passes to start the game last year. You have to be aggressive and score points. You have to keep Alabama out of balance.