ATHENS -- Its not just a berth in the national championship game thats at stake Saturday. Its a berth in a BCS bowl, period.
The loser of the SEC championship, whether it be Alabama or Georgia, will in all likelihood slip out of contention for an at-large berth in the BCS. Thats because Florida, whose season is done, will be ensured of the SECs second and final spot in the BCS if it finishes in the top four in the BCS.
Alabama or Georgia, whichever loses, could still finish ahead of Florida and get the Sugar Bowl bid. But its more likely that losing in Atlanta will knock the Tide or Bulldogs behind Florida and into the Capital One Bowl or lower.
For either one of these teams, its not a great scenario, Alabama head coach Nick Saban said. You play your way into the championship game, which means youre the best team in your division; theyre the best team in their division. They played their way into the game by a total body of work for the whole season.
It doesnt seem quite right. But it is what it is. I dont really know what me commenting about it is going to do to change it. But I dont feel good about it for our football team or their football team, either one.
A nose for nose tackles
Saban sees a big similarity, no pun intended, between Georgia nose tackle John Jenkins and Terrence Cody, who anchored Alabamas defensive line when it won the national title a few years ago.
Hes hard to block, Saban said of Jenkins. Any time you play an odd defense, a 3-4 defense, and cant block the nose guard, makes it hard to run a lot of plays.
Blacking out the black-out
The last time Georgia met Alabama was in the infamous black-out game, when Georgia was blown out at Sanford Stadium. Considering what happened the next few seasons -- 8-5 in 2009 and 6-7 in 2010 -- Richt was asked if that loss to Alabama had a lasting effect on the program.
Not that I think. You take one game and look at itself -- the bottom line is we didnt play well that day, Richt said. We just got whipped, obviously. I dont think how it mightve affected things other than that day.
Georgia reserve nose tackle Mike Thornton looks unlikely to play Saturday. Thornton, who usually only plays when Jenkins and Kwame Geathers need a break, suffered a leg injury in the fourth quarter against Georgia Tech.
He got it sprained pretty good, I know that, Richt said. Whether or not hell make it to the game or not, Im not certain. My guess is if we were playing a game tomorrow he wouldnt be able to do it, but well see how he recovers.
Georgia has reeled in its second junior college recruit in less than a week.
Defensive back Kennar Johnson of Gulf Coast (Miss.) Community College committed late Saturday night, according to various media outlets. Johnson, a native of Clarmont, Fla., is listed at 6-foot-2 and 185 pounds.