In no particular order, a few bullet points for your consideration:
- If Georgia plays the same way tonight it did a week ago, I think we can dispense with any detailed analysis.
- So, let’s assume the Dawgs don’t. How many times do we say to ourselves “it’s about time Chaney called that”? I don’t see how they can’t open up the playbook, at least some; the three-tight end, one fullback set that was deployed frequently against Nicholls isn’t going to get ‘er done against the Tigers.
- I do think Georgia will have to throw a little more on first down than it has, for a couple of reasons: one, Eason’s passer rating on first down is 198.88, and, two, on second down, it drops to 64.90.
- The dilemma is that Nick Chubb’s average yards per carry on first down is 7.30. And Chubb is averaging over eight yards per rush in the fourth quarter. So you don’t want to get away from hammering the defense.
- On defense, it’s going to be key to get pressure on Lock… and pray that the secondary’s luck on the opposition’s inability to convert the deep pass continues.
- On special teams — ah, hell, I’m out of suggestions.
I sure hope Smart’s figured out how to wash the collective bad taste out of the team’s mouth. If there’s any trace of a hangover, that, with a conference road game, may be bad news in the form of a slow start.
The talent advantage lies with Georgia, but it did last week, too. I’m thinking everyone’s heads are a little straighter, but not so much that it leads to a dominant effort. Say Georgia wins, but doesn’t cover the 6.5.