No. 18 Alabama will be an underdog for the first time in six years when it takes on No. 8 Georgia on Saturday, according to oddsmakers.
The Bulldogs are 2 1/2-point favorites at the start of the week.
The last time the Crimson Tide were underdogs was in the 2009 SEC Championship Game against Florida.
“I think we take pride in our reputation that we’ve built around here the last few years and just the standard that we hold ourselves to every time we go out there and play,” cornerback Cyrus Jones told reporters Monday. “The fact that we’re underdogs, I think it just gives us that more motivation to go out there and just kind of reclaim our reputation and how we want to be viewed by the rest of the league and the rest of the country.”
Alabama (3–1) is coming off a win over Louisiana-Monroe in which it turned the ball over five times. Meanwhile, Georgia (4–0) has outscored its first four opponents by an average of 32 points per game, led by Heisman hopeful Nick Chubb.
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