The Sports Inquirer Show: Episode 5 #sportsinquirershow #ncaafootball #nflplayoffs #uga #godawgs #rolltide


In this edition of the Sports Inquirer Show, we recap the College Football National Championship Game between Alabama and Georgia (0:00-21:00) and the NFL Playoffs (22:00-45:00).


@footballuga Continue Preparing for Crimson Tide

Georgia running back Nick Chubb (27) breaks a tackle during Georgia's game with Auburn on Saturday, November 15, 2014 in Athens, Ga. (Photo by Sean Taylor)
Georgia running back Nick Chubb (27) breaks a tackle during Georgia’s game with Auburn on Saturday, November 15, 2014 in Athens, Ga. (Photo by Sean Taylor)

Release from Georgia Athletics:

The Georgia Bulldogs worked out for over two hours Tuesday afternoon in preparation for their SEC matchup this Saturday at home against Alabama.

Saturday’s game will be the first regular-season meeting between these two programs since a home-and-home series in the 2007-08 seasons.  It’s also just the sixth meeting between them in the past 20 years, the most recent of which came in the 2012 SEC Championship game.

The irregular nature of this series only adds to the anticipation of this weekend, at least for the fans.  A similar approach by the Georgia players would be counter to any method the Bulldogs have used in preparation for any game thus far, head coach Mark Richt said today.

”Our approach really has been on trying to improve and trying to get our scout teams to simulate everything the best they can and just focus on assignments, focus on technique, focus on effort,” he said.   ”And then obviously focus on academics. So that’s what we’re trying to keep everybody’s mind on:  their jobs, on their business, on their assignments, on their responsibilities and not anything else. And I don’t mind guys getting excited about a game. I like them getting excited about a game, but they have to be able to function well on top of that.”

Senior wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell agrees that one key to Georgia’s success on Saturday will depend on its approaching the game much like the other 11 contests on the Bulldogs’ schedule.  ”I don’t think we should change anything,” he said.  ”I think we should handle it like we handle the majority of the games.  We’re staying focused, making sure we’re prepared for Saturday the same way we did the other couple of weeks. Just come in the building prepared for practice, focus on the schemes that the coaches are setting up and executing.”

Saturday’s game is, however, a special occasion for the lone Alabamian on the Georgia roster.  Senior linebacker Jake Ganus transferred to UGA last year after playing three seasons at UAB.  The Chelsea, Ala., native has made his mark in his short time as a Bulldog, starting in all four games thus far and racking up 19 tackles and an interception.  ”I’m excited,” he said.  ”When I got to UAB, I knew that I’d never get to play against Alabama.  When I signed with Georgia and looked at the schedule and saw that they had Alabama and Auburn on there, I was like ‘that’s awesome for me. I get to play both of my home state schools.’ So that’s cool.  It’s going to come down to having a great week of practice and whoever plays the best on Saturday.”

FSU, Alabama to Play in 2017 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game

kickoff-logoRelease from the Chick-Fil-A Bowl:

Two of college football’s last three national champions will meet in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game to open the 2017 season in epic fashion.

The 10th installment of the nation’s longest-running kickoff game will feature the Florida State Seminoles and the Alabama Crimson Tide in what will be the first regular-season college game to be played in the Falcons’ state-of-the-art New Atlanta Stadium.

The game is set for Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017. Exact kick time and television network are yet to be announced.

“With two teams of this caliber, it really is going to be a bowl-game type atmosphere and an epic celebration of college football,” said Percy Vaughn, Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl chairman.

“These teams represent the best in our sport,” said Gary Stokan, Peach Bowl, Inc. President and CEO. “The best players, the best coaches, the best fans. It’s going to be a memorable start to the season and there is no better place to host this than in Atlanta, the capital of college football.”

The Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game averages more than 66,000 fans for each game – higher than 30 bowl games from last year – and its team payout averages $4.3 million, which is higher than 21 bowl games last season. Television viewership is also traditionally strong with more than 40 million viewers tuning in to the series since 2008.

Florida State and Alabama have met four times with the Crimson Tide holding a 2-1-1 advantage over the Seminoles. FSU, however, won the most recent game in 2007, a 21-14 victory in Jacksonville. The series originally dates back to 1965. This will be Alabama’s fifth appearance in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, where the Tide hold a 4-0 record. It will be the first time Florida State has opened the season in Atlanta.

“The game with Alabama will be one of the highlights of the college football season,” said Florida State Director of Athletics Stan Wilcox.  “Both schools have significant alumni bases in Atlanta, and we would expect the media coverage of the game to be on par with some of the biggest non-conference games in recent history. The exposure for our University and our athletics program will be invaluable. We look forward to the game and playing in a fantastic venue.”

“We are very excited to be opening the 2017 season against Alabama at the new Falcons stadium in Atlanta,” Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher said. “Scheduling top non-conference opponents is critical in today’s day and age. These are two great football programs and there will be a tremendous atmosphere. It’s a great matchup for our fans and for college football. We are looking forward to the opportunity.”

“This game with Florida State fits our scheduling philosophy of playing outstanding opponents in great venues in games that create great exposure for our program,” said Bill Battle, Alabama Director of Athletics. “Of course, it also continues our tremendous relationship with the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game which goes back to the 2008 season opener. This game with the Seminoles will be an excellent start to the 2017 season and we’re thrilled to be a part of it.”

“This is a great opportunity to open the 2017 season against an outstanding Florida State program,” Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban said. “Jimbo has done an excellent job there and this will provide a great challenge for our team. Having this game first on the schedule will give our players plenty to look forward to and prepare for in the offseason.”