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Vanderbilt head coach Derek Mason believes that Alabama is better than Georgia.

Alabama football: Derek Mason says Alabama is better than Georgia on SEC coaches teleconference

Matt Speakman

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Alabama or Georgia?

Seven weeks have gone by and it has been clear that there are two dominant teams in the SEC. Alabama and Georgia look like they are on a collision course for the SEC Championship Game. Alabama is undefeated and has dominant wins over Ole Miss, Vanderbilt and Arkansas. Georgia is also undefeated with impressive wins against Tennessee and Notre Dame. So, which team is better? Vanderbilt’s Derek Mason thinks Alabama, and he gave a specific reason why.

Not everyone agrees with Mason, however. CBS writer Barrett Sallee picked Georgia to beat Alabama and reach the College Football Playoff. Some have even posed the idea of both teams making the playoff, but others have ruled out that idea altogether.

In other headlines …

  • Nick Saban was named to the Paul “Bear” Bryant Award watch list.
  • Our own Marq Burnett asked if coach Butch Jones should keep his job if Tennessee loses to Alabama.
  • Ryan Fowler discussed Saban admitting to a challenge with Alabama on the Alabama football podcast.
  • Our own Christopher Walsh debated who Alabama’s best player has been this season.
  • Former Alabama football player Lee Roy Jordan released an autobiography.

Unsure how to answer

During his Wednesday night press conference, Saban seemed to be frustrated with a question about Henry Ruggs III. He began to show signs that he was going to blow up but decided to take the high road and have fun with the question. He started to answer, but then insisted that he was not trying to be a “wiseass.”

Saban has been in a peculiar mood this week. He has made it a point to treat Tennessee as a big game because of all the history associated with the rivalry. He has made sure his players know how important this game is.

Change of pace

Alabama running back Josh Jacobs is finally healthy and is adding versatility to the Crimson Tide offense. Jacobs has been described as a “change-of-pace back.” He has made defenders miss out in space. Jacobs’ pass-catching ability has made him a threat in different ways for Alabama. Although he has spent time behind running backs Damien Harris and Bo Scarbrough, Jacobs has carved out a role in Alabama’s offense.

Built by Bama

Washington Redskins defensive lineman Jonathan Allen will miss the rest of the season with a foot injury.

Around the Capstone

  • Alabama basketball traveled to Nashville for SEC Media Days.

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