Battle in trenches will be key


Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low
ATHENS, Ga. -- The black is starting to fill in at Sanford Stadium with the exception of the pockets of crimson and white in the upper deck and corner of the lower deck.

The Georgia players are also out warming up in their black jerseys. It's only the third time in modern football history that the Bulldogs have worn black jerseys for a football game.

For the record, they won their last two.

Winning this one will require their best effort of the season, especially in the offensive line.

Juggling a couple of different combinations, Georgia has been just good enough in the offensive line to get by in the first four games.

With Alabama nose guard Terrence Cody manning the middle, that gets a lot more difficult to do on Saturday night. And lost in all the talk about Cody is that his backup, redshirt freshman Josh Chapman, has also been very effective this season.

Look for Georgia to try to slow down the Crimson Tide's push by involving Knowshon Moreno and the other backs even more in the passing game with screens and quick tosses to the outside.

The matchup I like best for Georgia is Matthew Stafford throwing to freshman A.J. Green against an Alabama secondary that has yet to see this kind of passing game this season.

Remember that Alabama didn't blitz much against Clemson in the opener and sacked Cullen Harper three times while holding him to 188 yards passing and no touchdowns.

You can bet that Nick Saban will mix it up a lot more against Stafford with some different looks and different blitz packages. Stafford's a tough one to rattle. He has a current streak of 108 pass attempts without an interception.