Keith Farner | 2 hours ago
Roman Harper believes Georgia must avoid losing ball and other mistakes in order to have a chance to change Monday’s national championship result from their first game against Alabama in December.
Harper previewed the game at Lucas Oil Stadium on SportsCenter on Saturday with Greg McElroy and Matt Barrie on ESPN.
“You have to take care of football, you can’t turn football around,” said Harper. “Last game (against Alabama), Stetson Bennett played well, he had 2 really expensive throws and that was the biggest difference offensively. You have to protect football at all costs, get Alabama to keep you going for the whole game. And also defensively, you stop getting rid of the mental flaws and inflated covers. … You can’t let Jameson Williams walk through the middle of your field untouched. “
McElroy took the Alabama angle and said the Crimson Tide had to keep giving Bryce Young a clean bag.
“It was huge, the first time we didn’t allow sacks against Georgia,” said McElroy. “Even now, in the absence of John Metchie, Jameson Williams has to find one-on-one and if he gets it, he has to win. After all, they have to get this Georgia defense that is so strong in the middle of that defense that they have to run it sideways to the side. They’re big, they’re physical, but they tire easily, especially when you get them to run the way Alabama did the first time. “