Alabama and Georgia seem to be on a collision course to meet in the SEC Championship Game. With both being so dominant, many can’t determine which team is better. Who better to ask than Derek Mason?
Vanderbilt’s coach is the only man in the country to face both at this point and hosted both teams in a span of three weeks. He saw first hand how overwhelming their talent is in getting clobbered 59-0 by the Crimson Tide and 45-14 by the Bulldogs.
On Wednesday during the SEC coaches teleconference, Mason was asked pretty simply who he felt had the better squad, and he gave the nod to the Tide based on one particular area.
“Having played both teams, Alabama’s the better team, just in my mind. … I think where the difference is in Alabama’s secondary. … Alabama’s just a purely dominant defense right now.”
“Georgia is being built like Alabama,” Mason added. “It looks very, very similar.”
Up to this point, Alabama and Georgia have gone perfect through seven games, and the Tide lead the FBS in point differential at +228. The Dawgs are fifth, outscoring their opponents by a combined 175 points.
Both teams have posted one shutout apiece, both in road games against Tennessee schools. Alabama’s came in that aforementioned game in Nashville, while Georgia’s came in Knoxville against the Vols, 41-0.
Next up for No. 1 Alabama is a matchup against Tennessee at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Meanwhile, No. 3 Georgia is off before playing its own rivalry game against Florida in Jacksonville.
Mason’s team is also on a bye week before visiting South Carolina on Oct. 28.