(CBS DFW) — Week 14 of the school soccer season brings loads of convention championship motion. Ten championships are on the road. Bowl video games and the College Football Playoff will observe within the weeks to come back, with bids nonetheless presumably using on this weekend’s outcomes.

CBS and CBS Sports Network have a few sturdy matchups on the schedule. Top-ranked and undefeated Georgia meets fourth-ranked Alabama within the SEC Championship. Western Kentucky, using a seven-game profitable streak, faces the previously ranked University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) within the Conference USA Championship. CBS’s Norm Elrod talked to CBS Sports’ Houston Nutt concerning the matchups.

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SEC Championship:

#1 Georgia @ #4 Alabama, Saturday, December 4, 4:00 p.m. ET on CBS

The Georgia protection has solely allowed 4 groups to achieve double digits. That stated, they haven’t confronted many elite offenses. Tennessee did rating 17 factors just a few weeks again. What does this Georgia protection try this makes it so tough for opposing offenses?

They have an unbelievable entrance, the place they’ll play that entrance seven, with out blitzing a lot. And when you’ll be able to rush 4 after which cowl with seven, it provides you such an ideal benefit. But now Kirby mixing within the zone pressures with these blitzes, it could actually preserve a quarterback so off-balance. And they’ve the pace to get dwelling. And when you’ll be able to rush the best way Georgia can rush the passer, it may be disruptive. They’re so good at mixing issues up. But the largest factor is Jordan Davis and that entrance. They don’t want a lot assist. And once you don’t want a lot assist, it simply provides the secondary extra cushion and assist to have the ability to cease the cross and explosive performs. But Kirby likes to carry it, he likes to carry 5, six, even a seventh man. He’ll preserve them off steadiness. They’ve achieved a very good job. Very few groups have been capable of rating. So I can’t wait to see this recreation.

How ought to the Alabama offense, led by Bryce Young, assault this Georgia protection? Should their current struggles in opposition to Auburn increase considerations?

That’s one movie Kirby will watch actual arduous. I believed Auburn did an unbelievable job of taking part in protection in opposition to Alabama. Derek Mason had an ideal plan. And so, saying that, you’ll be able to guess that Alabama can be very, very targeted.

One of crucial issues is Jameson Williams. Jameson wants to remain on the sector. You need to have pace outdoors, as a result of they’ll take away your greatest performs. One of the very best issues to do in opposition to a Georgia staff, once you run so quick, is to get them transferring early. What I imply by that may be a reverse within the first 10 performs, boots and waggles, transfer the launching level. Georgia is so good that, if you happen to’re vanilla, particularly early, you’re going to be behind the depend. So it’s very, crucial that you simply get off and stick with the depend. And what I imply by that’s 4 yards, 4 yards, three yards. You can’t get second and 12, third and 12 with this bunch, as a result of they only odor blood. They’re so good.

So I might combine it up early, screens, attracts, boots, and waggles, a reverse early. Misdirection display, get buys in house early and actually attempt to get the protection working. That’s your greatest likelihood to get in opposition to this bunch. One factor that folks don’t find out about is the secondary of Georgia. Why? Because the entrance is so good, and only a few groups have been capable of get the ball down the sector constantly, as a result of they get dwelling with the push. It’s necessary that the quarterback has a time clock and be capable of combine issues up, particularly early on.

Georgia hasn’t performed a detailed recreation since their Week 1 win over Clemson. Alabama has been examined by Florida, Texas A&M and Auburn. This looks like the SEC Championship matchup that was destined to occur. How do you see it taking part in out?

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Georgia’s protection is simply so good. The factor is I nonetheless imagine that Bryce Young is so good too, along with his large receivers. If they’ll get the ball off and transfer issues round — attempt to get them off steadiness and take a look at the secondary early. If you may get some discipline place and cross that fifty just a few instances, will probably be an entire totally different ballgame.

The one factor about Georgia is that they get you backed up. They win discipline place. They block a punt, and unexpectedly it’s downhill and also you’re wanting up out of the effectively. You’re you’re having such a tough time staying on the sector.

I believe will probably be shut for a half. But Georgia’s protection is simply so elite and so quick. They offer you so many issues. I simply don’t how Alabama, proper now, for 4 quarters, can keep on that discipline and produce factors. Nobody has but. But it’s arduous to depend out Bryce Young. I’m an enormous believer in Bryce Young, however he has to have that point block in his head. I’m going to lean towards Georgia.

Conference USA Championship:

Western Kentucky @ UTSA, Friday, December 3, 7:00 p.m. on CBS Sports Network 

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers-University of Texas San Antonio Roadrunners

UTSA’s loss final week ruined their undefeated season and dropped them out of the highest 25. How do they get well in opposition to Western Kentucky within the Conference USA Championship?

What occurs is, once you lose your first recreation after you’ve been undefeated all 12 months lengthy, you’ve a distinct focus. So Western Kentucky is catching UTSA on the fallacious time. They’ll be so laser-focused. They’re hurting from that loss. They haven’t skilled all of it 12 months. So this timing, if you happen to’re UTSA, you’d in all probability suppose that this would possibly actually assist us. If you’re Western Kentucky, you must preserve doing what you’ve been doing. Zappe has been nice. These guys are enjoyable to observe. They know how one can get the ball up and down the sector. You can guess that UTSA will include a laser-focus, and so they’ll be able to get that medication, that one dose of drugs. And that’s a win.

Western Kentucky began the season 1-4, with their final loss coming in opposition to UTSA. What has led to their present 7-game profitable streak, and may they make it 8 wins in a row in opposition to UTSA?

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When you take a look at Western Kentucky, it simply appears like a totally totally different staff. If you take a look at the primary three or 4 video games, they weren’t taking part in very clear, missed assignments, loss-of-yardage performs. But, unexpectedly you take a look at these final 4, 5, six video games, Zappe very correct. The recreation is clear. He will get them out of the fallacious play, will get into the suitable play. Quick launch. Things look so good, and Western Kentucky is taking part in good protection as effectively. So, when you’ve that collectively, you begin to imagine. When you retain getting higher on the finish of the 12 months, there’s confidence that’s constructed. Confidence, and so they’ve cleaned issues up. And Zappe has been excellent.



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