Stinchcomb: Georgia Will Be Alabama's Toughest Test

Forget the playoff. Georgia has a better chance of beating Alabama than any other team in the country, Matt Stinchcomb says

Taz and the Moose
November 29, 2018 - 11:17 am

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No. 1 Alabama (12-0) has been untouchable this season. The Tide have won every game by at least 22 points and will look to do the same against No. 4 Georgia (11-1) in the SEC Championship this Saturday.

So, which team has the best chance of beating Alabama? Is it Georgia? Clemson? Notre Dame? Oklahoma? Ohio State?

“I think it’s the team they’re about to play in the conference championship in the SEC,” ESPN and SEC Network college football analyst Matt Stinchcomb said on Taz & The Moose. “I think it’ll be interesting to see how the playoff committee ends up breaking it down. Will you end up having two SEC teams, which we all know will cause a global meltdown if that happens again. You got to know the balance of the college football landscape is going to be going, ‘Hey, wait a second, that’s two years in a row. Part of the reason we have this playoff is because of what happened in 2011.’ 

“But I think the toughest team that Alabama is going to face is going to be the team that they're playing Saturday,” Stinchcomb continued. “We’ll see if it plays out that way. Georgia has got to step up their game. They can’t play the way they did versus LSU at the midpoint of the season and expect to compete with Alabama on the biggest stage.”

Georgia lost at LSU, 36-16, on Oct. 13. The Bulldogs have since gone 5-0, beating No. 9 Florida (9-3) and No. 15 Kentucky (9-3), among others.

“The way that they’re kind of peaking at the right time, I think Georgia will probably give Alabama the most static of the teams that they will see here in the postseason,” Stinchcomb said. “A close second is likely Clemson – albeit a Clemson team that I think showed versus South Carolina is a bit fallible, especially in the secondary.”

If Georgia beats Alabama, it will make the playoff. If it loses a thriller, well, things will get interesting.

“If they get boat-raced, (it) undercuts any argument that this should be a team among the top four,” Stinchcomb said. “However, if they do give Alabama a good run at it – and this is a competitive football game and they’re in it and could have won it and all those other qualifiers – I’m hard-pressed to think that they aren’t among the top four teams in the country.”