Alabama Week: Kendall's Three Keys

TUSCALOOSA - Josh Kendall's three keys to Georiga's game with Alabama.

Start fast

It's been a problem for the Bulldogs in the last two games, and it's vital today. The Alabama crowd will be at a fever pitch by game time, and Georgia doesn't score in the first quarter, that momentum will build.

Win the turnover battle

Georgia doesn't have much, if any, margin of error today. The Bulldogs are the only team in the SEC that hasn't created more than one turnover this season. That needs to change today, and the offense needs to remain sure-handed – that means you Knowshon Moreno.

Stop Terry Grant

Grant is an emerging star in the league, and he'll get the ball plenty. Georgia's defensive tackles have been the highlight of the defense thus far, and they need to have xtheir best game of the year today to stifle the Alabama running game.

One to watch

Senior wide receiver Sean Bailey has been good but not great this year. He needs to take his entire position by the scruff of the neck today and lead. If the Bulldogs' wide receivers catch passes, the offense will move the ball against Alabama's defense. This is a big game, so expect quarterback Matthew Stafford will be sharp, but that won't matter if the receivers don't catch the ball. There will be chances to make plays against man-to-man coverage, and Georgia's receivers have the ability to do that. What they don't seem to have is the confidence. Bailey needs to make a play early and rally the troops.

Forecast

Alabama is riding high, coming off a big win under a first-year coach that all the faithful believe is a savior. The Tide will be playing in front of its home crowd, and to make things worse for Georgia, ESPN's College GameDay will be there, adding to the excitement. Bulldogs offensive lineman Chester Adams is an Alabama native and grew up a Tide fan. "When they play Paul Bear Bryant over the loud speaker, they get jacked up," Adams said. Georgia seems to be the opposite of jacked up. The Bulldogs still are searching for an identity in all three phases of the games. Even special teams, which has been a point of pride through the years, has chinks in the armor. The Bulldogs have proven they are a gritty road team (22-3 in an opponent's stadium under Richt), but there's no reason beyond that to believe they will win this game.

Winner: Alabama

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