- Associated Press - Thursday, October 1, 2015

No. 13 Alabama (3-1, 0-1 SEC) at No. 8 Georgia (4-0, 2-0), 3:30 p.m. (CBS)

Line: Georgia by 2.

Series Record: Alabama leads 37-25-4.


Georgia could set itself up for an undefeated run to the Southeastern Conference championship game by beating the Crimson Tide. The only other currently ranked opponent left on the Bulldogs’ schedule is No. 25 Florida. Alabama, which has won four of the last six SEC titles, can’t afford another conference setback after losing at home to Mississippi two weeks ago.


Georgia RB Nick Chubb vs. Alabama’s front seven. Chubb has rushed for more than 100 yards in 12 straight games and ranks second in the SEC with 599 yards this season. It will be difficult to keep that streak alive against an Alabama front that is surrendering a conference-best 56.8 yards per game on the ground.


Alabama: RB Derrick Henry will likely need to put up big rushing numbers against a Georgia defense that has looked vulnerable at times, especially in light of QB Jake Coker’s shaky performance through the first four games, which includes four interceptions.

Georgia: QB Greyson Lambert completed 33 of 35 passes over the last two games, calming Bulldog fans who wondered if a guy who lost the starting job at Virginia was good enough to lead their program.


Alabama holds a 14-10 edge at Sanford Stadium. … On its last visit to Athens, the Crimson Tide raced to a 31-0 halftime lead and won 41-30 in 2008. … Georgia ranks second in the SEC in rushing yards at 257.8 per game. … Lambert ranks second in the nation with a 75.6 completion percentage. … Alabama is trying to avoid its first 0-2 start in the SEC since 1990. … Georgia’s Mark Richt is tied with the late Bulldogs coach Wallace Butts as the ninth-winningest coach in SEC history with a record of 140-48. … The Crimson Tide is minus-1 in turnover margin, largely because of three interceptions and two fumbles in its only loss to Ole Miss. … WR Malcolm Mitchell leads Georgia with 20 receptions, more than twice as many as the next-highest total. … Since the start of the 2008 season, Alabama is 18-6 against teams ranked in The Associated Press Top 10.

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