Elect or defer?

Brooks Tilley says that one of the keys to a Georgia win today would be for Georgia to take the ball to start the game if it wins the toss.

Limit LSU to 10 possessions– this starts with taking the ball to start the game in hopes that you minimize first half possessions.

I’m gonna have to respectfully disagree on that one.  If I have my druthers, I want my best unit on the field to start.  Georgia hasn’t allowed an opponent to score on its opening series all season (Auburn came the closest, with a missed FG) and I’d rather take my chances with that.

Also, one less possession in the first half means one more possession in the second with George Pickens.

Defer, Kirby.

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21 responses to “Elect or defer?

  1. Agreed. You always defer if your defense is better than your offense.

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  2. Greg

    Receive, take the ball….control it from the start. We have the OL to do it…

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    • Georgia hasn’t scored on an opening series since the Missouri game.

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      • Greg

        It’s a keep away game, run time off the clock. Hence, keep the ball out of LSU’s hands. Control the LOS, run the ball, we have the OL to do it. Stronger on both sides of the ball imo. That is where the game will be won, in “the trenches”.

        It ain’t like they are some kind of defensive juggernaut, below average in the SEC…we can score on this team.

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        • The other Doug

          But in the second half LSU would get the ball first and therefore have an extra possession.

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        • It’s a keep away game, run time off the clock.

          Time of possession on Georgia’s first series: GT (2:18), TAMU (1:34), Auburn (1:58).

          In theory, what you’re saying sounds great. In reality, it hasn’t been happening of late.

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          • Greg

            Don’t think we will be trying to get our passing game going early as we did with GT. Just guessing here, but believe the plan is to run the ball & control the clock. Then let the defense win the game. That is where we are strongest, it is what gives us the best chance….it is how the team is built.

            We will pass when needed as the game goes…We’ll find out soon enough.
            Got the Dawgs winning this one, I like the matchups.

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  3. Kdawg

    Defer and score at the end of the first and beginning of the 2nd. There’s a significant increase in winning % if you can score a TD at the end and beginning of the halves.

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    • Reverend Whitewall

      Not only that, the flip side is if things fall apart towards the end of the first half, you go into the locker room at least knowing you get the ball first with a chance to stabilize things.

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    • The other Doug

      Exactly. Plus we have the kicker to attempt a long one right before the half.

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  4. Reverend Whitewall

    Given our tendency for a patented three and out on our first possession of most games, I can’t think of a worse idea than taking the ball first. A quick three and out basically means you’re letting LSU start both halves with the ball first.

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  5. RangerRuss

    Good call, Senator.
    GO DAWGS!!

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  6. Former Fan

    I am a believer in always playing to your strength. If your D is the best unit, get them out their first. If O, get them out their first. Of course, if you have a punter than you think can flip the field even if you go 3 and out, and with a punt, pin them deeper than you could on a kickoff, then maybe, I roll the dice and take the field first, IF I like the matchup between my O and their D, even if my D is stronger.

    Still, in this game, I kick first. I absolutely want to avoid the very possible situation of having LSU score last in the half, even if it is only to tie it up, and then give them the ball to start the 2nd half.

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  7. Derek

    Having only allowed 6 points total in the third quarter over 12 games, I think I want the ball to start the game.

    They can get it after the break.

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  8. SpellDawg

    I want to limit OUR offensive possessions in the first half, save Swift a bit and wait to get Pickens back. Hate watching a team march down the field on you to open the game, but if everything is looking grim “Remember the Rose Bowl!” 😀

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  9. Scuba

    Not a chance I want the ball first. Easiest choice of the day if we win the toss.

    Based solely on UGA’s recent past in MB. I’m all in on limiting the number of second half LSU possessions. I am sure I will not be comfortable entering the fourth quarter even up by 28. I truly don’t care how ugly, lucky or flukiest ending play ever just win.

    I hope Santa is wearing his best Red and Black and delivers for the good guys today.

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  10. Nashville West

    Defer and kick an onside kick. Go big or go home.

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  11. TomReagan

    I would always differ, but especially in a matchup like this one where you have an opportunity to get them off the field early and hopefully get the ball with good field position. If they score it’s not the end of the world, and look at the two Auburn games in 2017. We looked unstoppable on our first drive over there and were shut down afterwards and then the reverse of that happened in the SEC championship came.

    I think the odds of us getting a stop and good field position are better than taking the opening drive 75 yards for a touchdown. I firmly believe that the worst case scenario would be getting the opening kick, going three and out, and then giving up the touchdown on a short field.

    All of this is in addition to all of the other reasons to differ like stealing a possession, being able to get back into a two or three score game with your opening drive of the second half, etc.

    Lastly, I don’t like doing things that are out of character for your team in a game like this. We aren’t the Little Sisters of the Poor who need all the tricks and luck in the world to spring an upset. We are the #4 team in the country. Don’t send your players the message that you need anything other than them playing their game to win.

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  12. Kirby always differs

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