So, Georgia heads to the Plains this Saturday, struggling to qualify for a bowl while Auburn looks to clinch the SEC West.
That’s just how we all foresaw things back in early August, right?
Right now, I can’t help but think about how Ted Roof, of all people, approaches his game plan. He’s got the luxury of the best player in the country running Gus Malzahn’s offense to perfection. That’s a helluva margin for error. He’s also got one of the top candidates – if not the top candidate – for SEC defensive player of the year in his arsenal. Yes, his secondary is suspect and his linebacking corps lacks depth. But it seems to me that he shouldn’t care about that overly much.
If I’m Roof, I’m going to blitz. I’m going to blitz some more after that. And then I’d blitz even more. Georgia’s offensive line has struggled all season when it’s had to deal with that. Even Idaho State was able to pressure the Dawgs’ offense by sending more than the line could block last week.
Sure, A.J. could have a big game. But in the big picture, Roof shouldn’t care if he gets 150+ yards. And Aaron Murray may get going and throw for 300+ yards as we saw in Jacksonville against a better defense than Roof’s (hopefully without the interceptions, though). That shouldn’t matter to Roof either.
All Ted Roof has to worry about is getting one more stop than Todd Grantham does. If Auburn comes out on top of a 52-45 score, mission accomplished. If blitzing slows Georgia’s running game down and throws Aaron Murray’s timing off for a key series, that may be all Roof needs for the win.