A matchup for the ages

Okay, not really.

Georgia’s Jake Fromm vs. Baylor’s exotic 3-3-5 defense: After watching several Baylor games from the 2019 season, its difficult to figure it out on defense. It’s a unique, exotic look and one that Fromm hasn’t really seen in his career. The coverages are similar to what the Bulldogs have seen but the blitzes aren’t. As previously stated, the Bears are going to take some chances and they don’t mind doing it on early downs. When they guess right and catch and offense trying to use play-action on first down, they can throw the quarterback for a big loss and wreck a drive before it gets started.

With that said, Fromm is a tough guy to outsmart. He hasn’t been himself the last five or six games but it’s difficult to put the “deer in the headlights” look on his face. His primary strengths are his ability to prepare and figure things out on the fly.

Dawgs247’s Take: Again, Baylor is going to create its negative plays and it won’t be a bad thing if Fromm just takes a few sacks in this game. Those won’t kill Georgia. What will hurt the Bulldogs the most is forcing the ball out to avoid the pressure and it ending up in the hands of a guy wearing green. The Bears do some creative stuff with underneath coverage designed to rob short, quick routes. Fromm will have to be careful with the football and sometimes do whatever it takes to make it to the next down.

If there’s one thing we’ve learned this season, it’s that you don’t have to be particularly creative with underneath coverage to rob Georgia’s offense of access to short, quick routes.

That being said, you’d think a 3-3-5 scheme would be just what the manball doctor ordered, but we’ll see how that re-jiggered o-line fares against what I expect will be a massive amount of stunts and run blitzes to offset Baylor’s size disadvantage.



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12 responses to “A matchup for the ages

  1. RangerRuss

    Da Bears gonna stack da box maybe? Some of the boys have been known to adjust their defense to take advantage of Manball. Of course that could be in the Dawgs best interest. I wouldn’t mind seeing just one more slug-em-out game if it led to to win number 12.


  2. W Cobb Dawg

    3-3-5, huh? Zeus, Swift and McIntosh will be running all night.


  3. JasonC

    Thank God we don’t run PAP anymore, amirite?
    Didn’t SC run 3-3-5 about 5 years ago?


  4. DugLite

    If Baylor doesn’t at least try to stack the box then that is just coaching malpractice. They can always revert to their 3-3-5.


  5. Bill Glennon

    Coley and Smart will find a way to direct our running back directly into the arms of their 3 D-lineman.


  6. The other Doug

    Baylor’s defensive strategy is to play man and stack the box. It’s not their thing, but that’s how you beat UGA’s offense.

    This game might be chicken soup for the offense’s soul.


  7. Ian Boyd has an excellent article about Baylor’s base 3-3-5, which he calls an Inverted Tampa 2. It’s designed to stop spread offenses.



    • Clemson has flirted with using Isaiah Simmons in the middle safety role and if they do that effectively in these upcoming playoffs, you’ll see the inverted Tampa 2 explode in notoriety.

      Venables did in fact do that against Ohio State.


  8. SlobberKnocker

    This brings bad flashbacks of the Texas game last year. I can’t remember if they were in a true 3-3-5 but, I do remember that they often had 3 linebackers and brought them at various times and angles. I remember that our OL had a really tough time recognizing who was coming from where and the result was not pretty. Oh, and we will have at least 3 new starters on our OL tomorrow. Boy I hope we have that figured out.


  9. FlyingPeakDawg

    Run the old school Veer against their new dangled D and grind out 400 yards of rushing for a dominating 9 – 0 win. Another Bulldog point of pride!


  10. ASEF

    Oklahoma and Texas hovered around 5.75 a play against them in those 3 games. A lot of that (240 yards total) was QB running.

    The two games they lost, they couldn’t handle Hurts or CeeDee. Okie State’s Hubbard had 32 for 171. Dynamic guys go off against them. Georgia has a lot of dynamic guys (even at WR, despite everyone trying to blame the offense on them).

    We’ll see how the coaches decide to play it. Unless our shitty 5 star WRs have doomed us before kickoff.