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December 1, 2012

Four Downs: SEC Championship Game

The University of Alabama came into Saturday's game against Georgia in Atlanta with the Southeastern Conference championship and a likely berth in the national title game on the line. Here are four questions that the Crimson Tide answered:

1. Can Alabama contain Aaron Murray?
Georgia's quarterback may still have the tag that he can't win the big one, but he had a solid game against Alabama's top-ranked defense. Murray completed 18 of 33 pass attempts for 265 yards and a touchdown with one interception, and led the Bulldogs to within the shadow of the goal on a drive that fell just short at game's end.

2. Will the Crimson Tide's running game be effective?
Not only was Alabama effective on the ground, the Crimson Tide positively drove Georgia's defense into the Georgia Dome turf. Eddie Lacy ran for 181 yards and two touchdowns, averaging 9.1 yards per carry, and T.J. Yeldon added 153 yards and a score as UA rumbled to 350 yards behind an offensive line that completely took over in the second half.

3. Does the redshirt come off of Chris Black?
As it turned out, Alabama stuck with its plan. Black, a true freshman who sustained a shoulder injury in preseason practice, was ready to go if needed - but the UA coaching staff decided that it wasn't necessary to burn Black's redshirt in this game. Black stepped up from the scout team in the week leading up to Saturday's SEC Championship Game and was ready to go, but wasn't called to duty.

4. Is Alabama going to get a chance to win a third national championship in four years?
It won't be official until today's Bowl Championship Series announcement, but Alabama is headed to Miami Gardens to play Notre Dame in the BCS National Championship Game. The Crimson Tide's dramatic victory over Georgia sealed the deal to create a matchup for the ages against Notre Dame.

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