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ESPN Analyst Gives Key To Georgia Overcoming Alabama

SEC coaches Nick Saban and Kirby Smart, with the College Football Playoff trophy.

ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 07: University of Alabama head coach Nick Saban (left) and University of Georgia head coach Kirby Smart stand with the College Football Playoff National Championship trophy after a Coaches Press Conference on January 7, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)

Alabama has beaten Kirby Smart's Georgia Bulldogs two straight times at critical junctures. First there was the 2017 national title game, and then it was in the 2018 SEC Championship Game. But one analyst has an idea how Georgia can finally get past the Crimson Tide.

Speaking to Saturday Down South, Rece Davis of ESPN's College GameDay was asked how Georgia might overcome Alabama. His answer was that the two recent meetings between the two have ultimately come down to the Bulldogs beating themselves.

“[In] the SEC Championship Game last year, Georgia outplayed Alabama for the vast majority of the game. Couldn’t finish the deal.

“Whether it was getting a little more protective of the lead or whether it was getting a little more panicked and calling an inexplicable fake punt, those types of things, you can’t give a program like Alabama those extra opportunities. When (Georgia) stops trying so hard and just play to their ability, they can do it.”

Davis explained that Georgia has the talent to beat just about anybody in college football. But the mental hurdles are where they've fallen down in the last two seasons.

“They’ve got dudes. They’ve got leadership and they’ve got everything they need to win the national championship. They’ll just need to be able to finish off … I think they’ve cleared the mental hurdle of being able to compete with Alabama. It’s being able to clear the mental hurdle of finishing the deal.”

In both the national title game and the SEC title game, Georgia held the lead before allowing Alabama to come back and win the game.

It's widely expected that Georgia will meet Alabama at least once this year - likely in the SEC Championship Game again.

But even if they finally overcome the Crimson Tide, the Bulldogs will in all likelihood be on a collision course with defending national champion Clemson.

Could 2019 be the year that Georgia finishes ahead of Alabama?