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For a fan base that expects to be in the College Football Playoff on an annual basis, Crimson Tide fans know the importance of Saturdays Alabama-Georgia game, which will pit two Top 15 teams.

CBS will nationally televise the Alabama-Georgia clash from Athens at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, which could be one of the best SEC games all season.

With one loss already on its record, the Crimson Tide needs a win in the Alabama-Georgia game to avoid a 3-2 start to the season. Although Alabama might be one of a handful of teams that could make the College Football Playoff with two losses, Crimson Tide fans would probably prefer that they dont find out if it could happen.

Alabama opened the season with an impressive 35-17 win against then-#20 Wisconsin. In Week 3 though, Alabama suffered a 43-37 home loss to then-#15 Mississippi, the second straight season the Crimson Tide has lost to Ole Miss. With one SEC West Division loss already for the Crimson Tide, the Alabama-Georgia game gains even more significance, especially considering Alabama still has to make road trips to Texas A&M, Mississippi State, and Auburn after the Alabama-Georgia game.

The Bulldogs meanwhile have started the season with no hiccups, and theyll carry a 4-0 record into the Alabama-Georgia game. No opponent has played Georgia closer than 17 points thus far, and the Georgia defense has been one of the nations best, ranking 14th in total defense and 13th in scoring defense.

Georgia has two SEC East Division wins already, winning 31-14 at Vanderbilt and destroying South Carolina in Athens, 52-20. If the Bulldogs can win the Alabama-Georgia game, theyll very clearly be the team to beat in the SEC East.

Both Alabama and Georgia have played Louisiana-Monroe this season. Georgia opened the season with a 51-14 win against ULM, while Alabama topped Louisiana-Monroe last Saturday, 34-0.

Entering the Alabama-Georgia game, the Crimson Tide ranks 38th nationally in total offense at 460 yards per game and 40th in scoring average at 35.8. Georgia is 17th nationally in rushing at 257.8 yards per game and 11th in scoring offense at 45.5 points per game.

Two of the nations top running backs will be on the field in the Alabama-Georgia game. Georgia sophomore Nick Chubb is fifth nationally at 599 rushing yards through four games with six touchdowns. Junior Derrick Henry for Alabama opened the season with a big 147-yard, three-touchdown performance against Wisconsin, but he has slowed since then, ranking 23rd nationally with 422 rushing yards and eight scores.

 

Alabamas normally strong rushing attack is off to a shaky start overall, ranking 46th nationally at 202.5 yards per game.