#3 Georgia vs Murray State Week #2 Prediction
Cover Photo: georgiadogs.com
By. Andrew Rodberg (twitter.com/AndrewRod2019)
TV/Radio: ESPN 2
ATHENS, GA—After roughly 34 weeks since their Sugar Bowl loss to Texas, the Dawgs return home to Sanford Stadium to “Tee it up Between the Hedges.” Their second opponent… the Murray State Racers…as most believe, it shouldn’t be close. With a 4:00pm start time, the Bulldogs have a few keys to victory:
Feed off the Crowd:
With the Bulldogs coming into the season with the #3 ranking, Coach Smart and company need to continue to preach the “get better every day” motto to a young team hungry for victory. As the Dawgs head back home to face probably the most hyped fan base in College Football, many are projecting a sold out game with 92,000, they will have the crowd on their side.
Get everyone some reps:
With this game thought to not be close, Coach Smart and company need to work in as many different formations and players as possible to get everyone some experience, as they will need it as they get deeper in the season. With Smart bringing in one of the top 3 recruiting classes for a 3rd straight year, the expectations are at an all time high. Following an offseason that saw multiple offensive players declaring for the NFL Draft, the young Dawgs must now step up and make a name for themselves.
Play Georgia Football:
In Kirby Smart’s 3rd year as the HC, the Bulldogs need to figure out their identity. Last year it was evident that the defense was their backbone led by CB Deandre Baker. Now that Deandre is no longer at UGA, the team needs to figure out who are going to be the leaders. With the offense stacked, who will step it into that leadership role… will it be Jake Fromm, Lawrence Cager, D’andre Swift, Zamir White or Charlie Woerner or will it be Richard Lecounte and Mark Webb on the defensive line?
Don’t Give Up on the Pass :
Although UGA looks to have one of the best RB cores in the Nation, they must remain loyal to the pass. The bread and butter of Georgia Football is the running attack. If they are able to hit the season running, they will be able to solidify the pass and open up the running lanes for Swift, White, and Herrien.
Dial Up Multiple Play Action Passes:
Fromm needs to sling the ball around. After a conservative showing vs Vanderbilt last week (Fromm 15/23 156 yds, 1 TD), the Dawgs need to spread out the defense and see what they have in their WR’s. Now in his second year, Demetrius Robertson is beginning to show his speed and ability to catch the ball as well as where as he fits in the scheme. With the transfer Lawerence Cager (from Miami) coming into Athens, Fromm must now see if he will be able to replace Jeremiah Holloman (who was dismissed from the team in the offseason)
If Georgia is able to accomplish these keys to victory, they should win easily.