CBS Sports’ Houston Nutt Previews SEC And Conference USA Championships

Week 14 of the college football period brings plenty of conference championship action. 10 champions are on the line. Championship game as well as the College Football Playoff will certainly follow in the weeks ahead, with quotes still perhaps riding on this weekend’s results.

CBS as well as CBS Sports Network have a number of solid matchups on the routine. Top-ranked as well as unbeaten Georgia fulfills fourth-ranked Alabama in the SEC Championship. Western Kentucky, riding a seven-game winning touch, faces the formerly rated University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) in the Conference USA Championship.

CBS’s Norm Elrod spoke with CBS Sports’ Houston Nutt regarding the matches.

SEC Championship:

# 1 Georgia @ # 4 Alabama, Saturday, December 4, 4:00 p.m. ET on CBS

The Georgia defense has only permitted four groups to get to double figures. That said, they have not faced many elite offenses. Tennessee did score 17 directs a few weeks back. What does this Georgia protection do that makes it so hard for opposing offenses?

They have an amazing front, where they can play that front 7, without blitzing a lot. And also when you can rush four and after that cover with seven, it gives you such a terrific advantage. Today Kirby mixing in the area pressures with these blitzes, it can keep a quarterback so off-balance. And also they have the speed to get residence. And when you can rush the way Georgia can rush the passer, it can be turbulent. They’re so efficient blending things up. But the greatest thing is Jordan Davis and that front. They do not need much assistance. And when you don’t require much aid, it simply provides the additional even more cushion and also assistance to be able to stop the pass and also nitroglycerin plays. Kirby likes to bring it, he enjoys to bring 5, 6, even a seventh person. He’ll maintain them off equilibrium. They’ve done an excellent task. Really few teams have actually had the ability to score. So I can not wait to see this game.

 How should the Alabama crime, led by Bryce Young, attack this Georgia protection? Should their current struggles against Auburn increase problems?

That’s one movie Kirby will certainly enjoy real hard. I assumed Auburn did an amazing job of playing defense against Alabama. Derek Mason had an excellent strategy. Therefore, claiming that, you can wager that Alabama will certainly be really, really concentrated.

Among one of the most important things is Jameson Williams. Jameson needs to stay on the area. You need to have rate outside, because they can remove your best plays. One of the very best things to do versus a Georgia group, when you run so quick, is to obtain them relocating early. What I imply by that is an opposite in the initial 10 boots, waggles as well as plays, move the establishing point. Georgia is so great that, if you’re vanilla, especially early, you’re going to lag the count. It’s extremely, very crucial that you get off and remain with the matter. And also what I indicate by that is four backyards, 4 backyards, three lawns. You can’t get 2nd and also 12, third as well as 12 with this lot, since they just scent blood. They’re so excellent.

So I would certainly mix it up early, screens, draws, boots, as well as waggles, a reverse early. Misdirection display, obtain buys in space early as well as really try to get the defense operating. That’s your ideal possibility to obtain versus this number. Something that people don’t know about is the additional of Georgia. Why? Since the front is so good, and also extremely few groups have actually had the ability to get the round down the field regularly, due to the fact that they obtain house with the rush. It’s vital that the quarterback has a time clock and have the ability to blend points up, particularly early on.

Georgia hasn’t played a close game given that their Week 1 gain Clemson. Alabama has been checked by Florida, Texas A&M as well as Auburn. This seems like the SEC Championship match that was destined to happen. Exactly how do you see it playing out?

Georgia’s defense is just so good. The important things is I still think that Bryce Young is so good as well, with his pass receivers. , if they can get the ball off and move points around– attempt to get them off equilibrium and examination the additional early.. If you can obtain some field setting as well as cross that 50 a few times, it will be an entire different ballgame.

The one point regarding Georgia is they obtain you backed up. They win field setting. They obstruct a punting, as well as all of an abrupt it’s downhill and you’re looking up out of the well. You’re you’re having such a hard time remaining on the field.

I believe it will be close for a half. Georgia’s defense is simply so elite and so quick. They provide you so many problems. I just don’t exactly how Alabama, right now, for 4 quarters, can remain on that area and produce points. No one has. It’s hard to count out Bryce Young. I’m a big follower in Bryce Young, yet he has to have that time block in his head. I’m going to favor Georgia.

Meeting USA Championship:

Western Kentucky @ UTSA, Friday, December 3, 7:00 p.m. on CBS Sports Network

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers-University of Texas San Antonio Roadrunners

UTSA’s loss last week ruined their unbeaten season as well as dropped them out of the leading 25. Just how do they recuperate against Western Kentucky in the Conference USA Championship?

What takes place is, when you lose your first game after you’ve been undefeated all year long, you have a different emphasis. Western Kentucky is catching UTSA at the wrong time. They’ll be so laser-focused. They’re harming from that loss. They have not experienced everything year. This timing, if you’re UTSA, you ‘d possibly believe that this might truly help us. You have to maintain doing what you’ve been doing if you’re Western Kentucky. Zappe has been great. These people are enjoyable to enjoy. They understand exactly how to get the sphere up as well as down the field. You can bet that UTSA will include a laser-focus, and also they’ll be ready to get that medicine, that dosage of medicine. And that’s a win.

Western Kentucky began the season 1-4, with their last loss coming versus UTSA. What has brought about their current 7-game winning touch, and also can they make it 8 wins in a row versus UTSA?

When you check out Western Kentucky, it simply looks like a completely various group. If you take a look at the initial 3 or 4 games, they weren’t playing very clean, missed jobs, loss-of-yardage plays. All of a sudden you look at these last 4, five, six video games, Zappe very exact. The video game is clean. He obtains them out of the incorrect play, enters into the ideal play. Quick release. Things look so great, as well as Western Kentucky is playing excellent protection. So, when you have that with each other, you begin to believe. There’s self-confidence that’s developed when you maintain obtaining much better at the end of the year. Confidence, and they’ve cleaned things up. As well as Zappe has actually been superior.

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