First, moar stats.
Check out the last one in each column. You think Georgia’s running the ball today? I think Georgia’s running the ball today.
Brooks Tilley believes Georgia needs a pass rush today.
We have to force Lock to be uncomfortable. If he gets uncomfortable he will give us the ball multiple times. I’m nervous about our pass rush but also think we’ve been very vanilla with defensive pressures thus far. I’m hoping for pressure inside from Tyler Clark and Ledbetter. Walter Grant needs to show more in this game specifically. Adam Anderson may be able to be used on 3rd and long.
I think Georgia needs to start generating pressure, not just because it would be good to make Lock uncomfortable in the pocket today, but simply as a general principle, any defense is better when the opposing quarterback can’t sit in the pocket. Sooner or later, Georgia’s defense has to be able to do that. Sooner would be fine by me.
But I don’t think that’s Job One for Mel Tucker in Columbia. His game plan starts and ends with shutting down Missouri’s running game. That makes the Tigers offense one-dimensional and easier to defend and it also means that his safeties can sit back and stay on top of the deep passing game. If the Dawgs can succeed with that, they’ll win comfortably.
Bottom line for me is simple — do I think Missouri is a better team than South Carolina? Mizzou’s offense is better, but I don’t think you can say the same for a defense that got torched by a winless Purdue offense. It may take a while, but it hard to see how Georgia’s running game isn’t the big difference in the end, leading to another Georgia cover.
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