Alabama vs. Georgia, basic details

Amari Cooper (9) has turned in the most big plays this season for Alabama. (AP photo by Dave Martin)

Who: No. 2 Alabama (11-1) vs. No. 3 Georgia (11-1)

When: Saturday, 3 p.m.

Television: CBS. Verne Lundquist and Gary Danielson will call the game from the booth, while Tracy Wolfson will serve as sideline reporter. This marks the sixth time CBS has televised an Alabama game this season and the third time for Georgia.

Where: Georgia Dome at Atlanta

The series: Alabama leads 36-25-4. In their last meeting, No. 8 Alabama knocked off No. 3 Georgia 41-30 in Athens, Ga., on Sept. 27, 2008.

Weather: What weather? They’re playing inside.

Alabama vs. Georgia in the top 10: Saturday marks the fourth time these two teams have met as top 10 opponents. In 1942, No. 2 Georgia beat No. 3 Alabama 21-10 in Athens, Ga., as the Bulldogs eventually won the SEC title. In 1976, No. 6 Georgia beat No. 10 Alabama 21-0 in Athens, eventually winning the SEC again. The 2008 game was the third time.

Statistical rankings: Alabama ranks first nationally in total defense and scoring defense, second to Stanford in rushing defense and third in pass defense. Georgia’s Aaron Murray ranks first in passing efficiency, while Alabama’s AJ McCarron ranks second.

Perfect kicker: Alabama’s Jeremy Shelley hasn’t missed in 70 kicks this year, including 60 extra points and 10 field goals. The last kicker who was keeping pace with Shelley was Navy’s Nick Sloan, who missed a kick three weeks ago.

Long plays: Alabama has had 81 plays this season gain 20 yards or more, and that counts everything — run, kick returns, interceptions and fumbles. Amari Cooper leads with 15 (all on pass receptions), while Christion Jones is second with 12 (six pass receptions, three kickoff returns and three punt returns). Eddie Lacy is third with 10 (eight rush and two pass receptions).

Next for Alabama: A bowl game. If the Crimson Tide beats Georgia, Alabama will play Notre Dame in the BCS National Championship Game in Miami on Jan. 7, 2013, on ESPN. If the Tide loses, the Cotton, Outback, Capital One and Chick-fil-A Bowls are possibilities.

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