SEC Title game won't feature Georgia or Alabama

SEC on CBS analyst Jones projects different East champion

Wendy Adams
August 30, 2018 - 10:58 am

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College football weekends are back! SEC on CBS analyst Brian Jones joined John and Hugh to preview the upcoming season in the SEC. 

One of the biggest offseason storylines has surround the quarterback position at Alabama. Head coach Nick Saban has yet to name either Jalen Hurts or Tua Tagovailoa as the team's starter.

For Jones, it's an easy decision:

"Hell, all [Tua> did was help win a national title,” Jones said, “If that's not enough, I don't know what is. He put on a show in that second half. You have to feel for Jalen Hurts, but that’s what you love about sports. I think Tua's done enough, but it’s a hell of a problem. You've got a kid in Jalen (Hurts) who was 26-2 over his career but when facing Georgia, he couldn’t affect change; but Tua Tagovailoa could."

Georgia fans remember last year's National Championship game all too well Alabama's decision to swtich quarterbacks. Nick Saban pull Jalen Hurts at halftime in favor of then freshman Tagovailoa. It was a change that ultimately worked, with Alabama going on to win 26-23 after trailing 13-0 to Georgia at halftime.

However, Jones doesn't predict Georgia making it back to the SEC title game , let alone the National Championship game. He even projects Alabama to lose the West for the second consecutive year.

"I didn't have Alabama winning the West last year. I had Auburn because they finally had a quarterback. I'm picking Auburn again [this year> but they’re going to have to retool the offensive line; four new starters along the line. You'd like to have a game before you have a big game like Washington," Jones said. But that's ultimately the schedule makers decision. Jones said but Alabama is definitely in the mix. 

His sleeper in the East? You'll want to sit down for this one Georgia Bulldogs fans:

"Don't laugh at me; Dan Mullen and Florida. I think they can make some noise in the East. Georgia is going to be there again, that offense is going to be loaded. But Kirby Smart, we saw him reload on the defensive side of the ball at Alabama; now he's got to do it at Georgia. I know he's got some good recruits but I have yet to see him pick up the departures like he did at Alabama in Athens. I think Georgia’s going to have their hands full with South Carolina.”