Georgia and Alabama don’t play each other too often.
The two teams have only played 10 times since 1985, with Alabama winning six of those games. The Crimson Tide holds a 37-25-4 overall record in the series.
Here’s a look back at some of the important moments in the history of this game, which dates all the way back to 1895.
Five yards away: The heartbreaker in Atlanta was a brutal one for Georgia. In 2012, Georgia and Alabama played one of the best games of the season in the SEC Championship. Georgia went up 21-10 after a field goal was blocked and returned for a touchdown by Alec Ogletree. But Alabama would storm back thanks to its running game featuring Eddie Lacy and T.J. Yeldon. With the Crimson Tide leading 32-28 with under a minute to go, Georgia drove down to the Alabama 8-yard line and Aaron Murray took a shot at the end zone. However, C.J. Mosley tipped the pass and Chris Conley instinctively caught it at the 5 before slipping to the ground. The game ended and Alabama went on to win a national championship over Notre Dame.
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The funeral: Georgia, the preseason No. 1 team in 2008, was hosting its second blackout game at Sanford Stadium. The year before, the Bulldogs wore black jerseys for the first time and routed Auburn 45-20. They did it again for the Sugar Bowl against Hawaii and crushed the Warriors. However, the attempt against Alabama failed. The Crimson Tide jumped out to a 31-0 halftime lead and held on to win 41-30. Before the game, strength and conditioning coach Scott Cochran was caught on camera saying Georgia was wearing black because they were getting ready for a funeral. His prophecy came true.
Mikey’s moment: In 2007, Georgia and Alabama went to overtime in a hard-fought game in Tuscaloosa. At the end of regulation the game was tied at 20-20. The Crimson Tide began overtime with the ball and got a field goal on its possession. Georgia then got the ball and decided to take a shot for it all. Quarterback Matthew Stafford dropped back to pass and found a streaking Mikey Henderson in the end zone on a fade route. In a matter of seconds, Georgia defeated Alabama 26-23 in overtime.
Bennett’s big leg: Down 25-24 before the fourth quarter against Alabama in 2002, the score stayed the same until 38 seconds remained in the game. That’s when kicker Billy Bennett hit a game-winning 32-yard field goal to give Georgia a 27-25 win.
Two goose-eggs in the 1990s: Twice, the Bulldogs were shut out by the Crimson Tide during the four games the two teams played against each other then. Alabama won 10-0 in Tuscaloosa during the 1991 season and Alabama blew Georgia out 31-0 in Athens in 1995. Georgia’s lone win in the 90s came in 1990, when it got a 17-16 victory over Alabama. Georgia actually trailed 16-6 entering the fourth quarter before scoring 11 points to win the game.
1965’s backyard football play: Back in those days, Vince Dooley called the play the flea flicker. But this play was more of the hook-and-lateral variety. Alabama was up 17-10 on Georgia in the fourth quarter when Dooley sent the play in. Georgia’s players were actually confused when they were told this is what Dooley wanted to run. But they went with it and executed it well, with a bit of controversy to boot. Quarterback Kirby Moore threw the ball to Pat Hodgson, who then lateraled the ball to Bob Taylor. Taylor took the football to the end zone on a 73-yard scoring play with 2:08 left to play. However, on reply it looked like Hodgson’s knee touched the ground as he was lateraling the ball to Taylor. Referees didn’t blow the ball dead and reviewing a replay didn’t exist. Therefore, the play stood. Georgia went for two after the touchdown and scored the go-ahead points. Fans rushed the field at Sanford Stadium as Georgia defeated Alabama 18-17. It would be Alabama’s lone loss of the year in an AP National Championship season.
Georgia’s 1910s dominance: Georgia has endured losing streaks of five in a row to Alabama three times during the series. From 1910-1916, Georgia scored its lone five-consecutive streak against the Tide, giving up a total of 12 points in that span. In 1910, Georgia got its most decisive win during the streak 22-0. It also got a 20-0 win in 1913 and a 3-0 win in 1916. Four of those games (1910, 1911, 1913, 1916) were played in Birmingham, Alabama, with the 1912 game taking place in Columbus.
First-ever meeting: Georgia won the first matchup between the two teams 30-6 in 1895. The game was played in Columbus, a place the two teams played each other twice.
Hitting the links
Southern's Devon Gales, injured against Georgia, begins recovery at Atlanta's Shepherd Center.
The Telegraph's Cody Pace writes that Alabama's running game offers a challenge for Georgia.
The AJC's Seth Emerson writes that Greyson Lambert has experience in big games.
The AJC's Jeff Sentell writes about tight end recruit Isaac Nauta preparing for his upcoming official visit this weekend.
The Athens Banner-Herald's Fletcher Page writes about the time Georgia proved Pat Dye wrong as it was "man enough" to defeat Alabama.
Dawgs247's Jake Rowe details a particular Alabama run-pass option and what Georgia will need to do to defend it.
Dawg Post's Dean Legge says Georgia will be smart to give the ball to Nick Chubb against Alabama, regardless of where the Tide's defense ranks.
New hype video
Georgia has a new hype video for Saturday's game against Alabama and it doesn't disappoint.
Aptly called "The Storm," given the weather expected to come in, Georgia fans will certainly appreciate it as they get ready for the important matchup this Saturday. Give it a viewing below.
Right guard Greg Pyke on seeing stacked boxes against Alabama: “I think they’ll definitely stack the box against us. But just like any other team, we know that. If we don’t have a box that’s stacked then there’s something weird about it. We’re used to that because they know we’re going to run the ball.”
Song of the day
"In the Midnight Hour" by Wilson Pickett