Tuscaloosa, Ala. (WHNT) Georgia week started off with business as usual for the Crimson Tide, but there is one major difference from OUTSIDE Alabama's locker room. Nick Saban's team is a betting underdog for the first time since the 2009 SEC Championship game. As the conversation rages nationally, Alabama linebacker Reggie Ragland says his team can't focus on things like that.
"We got to come together and worry about the inside, we can't worry about the outside. Once you worry about the outside you get displaced."
One more loss would seriously damage Alabama's chance at making the college football playoff. The Crimson Tide already has one loss and two could essentially eliminate Nick Saban and his team from contention. Again though, that's not something worth focusing on either and the "one game at a time" attitude is in full effect following a loss to the Ole Miss.
"How you respond to a loss says a lot about your character. I like the way our team responded in the last game and this will be a much bigger challenge for them. Playing on the road against one of the better teams in the country."
Georgia is definitely one of the better running teams in the nation with Heisman candidate Nick Chubb. Last week, Chubb tied Georgia great Herscel Walker's record with 12 straight games with at least 100 yards rushing. Alabama will certainly focus on Chubb, and Ragland's defensive unit is aware of the goals.
"I was telling the guys, if they can't score, they can't win and that's a motto for us is to keep them from scoring."
We will discuss those topics and more during our live pre-game special Saturday afternoon from Athens Georgia. The game is set to kickoff at 2:30 on WHNT News 19.