Georgia-Auburn: it’s show time

It’s the SEC’s first game of the season matching top ten teams, and while I wasn’t overly impressed with Nix last Saturday, Auburn’s receiving corps was another story.

Auburn’s receivers were the difference in last Saturday’s 29-13 win over Kentucky, which had the experience edge up front on both sides of the ball. Stove, Schwartz and Williams combined on 13 receptions for 207 yards and three touchdowns, with Williams inflicting the most damage with six catches for 112 yards and two scores.

Stove and Schwartz — the 2018 Gatorade national boys’ track and field athlete of the year — provide the speed for sophomore quarterback Bo Nix, veteran coach Gus Malzahn and first-year offensive coordinator Chad Morris, while the 6-foot-3, 211-pound Williams is often a physical mismatch for opponents.

“Those guys seem like they’ve been playing there forever,” Georgia coach Kirby Smart said. “Seth is one of the best there is. Stove has been there forever, and we know how fast Schwartz is. They’ve got a lot of good wideouts.”

Kentucky had no answer for Williams, in particular.  That bunch will present a challenge for Georgia’s secondary.  Fortunately, Georgia doesn’t lack for quality depth back there.

Georgia’s secondary was no match for LSU last December in the SEC championship game, but the Bulldogs did lead the nation last season in fewest points allowed (12.6 per game) and fewest yards per completion (9.88). Yards per completion was a factor in Georgia’s 21-14 win at Jordan-Hare Stadium last November as Schwartz, Stove and Williams combined on 23 receptions for 189 yards, which translated to 8.2 yards per catch.

Schwartz never got loose, totaling 48 receiving yards and averaging 6.9 a catch.

Chad Morris does know something about designing a competent passing attack, but even so, what I saw from Auburn last week didn’t exactly resemble the 2019 LSU offense.

Auburn rushed for less than 100 yards against Kentucky (3.03 ypc) and the Tigers’ offensive line wasn’t particularly strong in run blocking.  On top of that, Nix was the leading rusher, with 5 carries for 34 yards.  I would assume Job One for Smart and Lanning is making Auburn one-dimensional on offense.

Just like Kevin Steele intends to do.  Which defensive coordinator does the better job of imposing his will Saturday?

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24 responses to “Georgia-Auburn: it’s show time

  1. ApalachDawg aux Bruxelles

    No running = no winning
    …so i like the Dawgs chances

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  2. Derek

    To borrow an old Al Davis line: Bo Nix must go down and he must go down hard.

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  3. Granthams Replacement

    The one with the most future NFL players.

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  4. stoopnagle

    Was Morris the OC at Clemson when we played them last?

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  5. Stove and Schwartz sounds like a new overpriced hipster bagel spot. Also, they run a version of the Schmear Offense. (I’ll show myself out now, thanks.)

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  6. dawgman3000

    If Auburn is forced to abandon the run, they will be waist deep in dawg poop. No team will fair well against the Dawgs when Ojulari and the crew can simply tee up and come after the qb.

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  7. Texas Dawg

    I’m not so sure it was the UGA secondary that had no answer for LSU as it was that the pass rush had no answer for LSU. If they had been able to get to and then actually put the QB on the ground when they got to him, the DBs would have looked a whole lot better than they did.

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    • californiadawg

      True, but I think the real problem was the offense had absolutely no answers for anyone, and the defense could only hold on for so long.

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    • 79dawg

      I mean, first drive of the second half, LSU pinned back, 3rd down, we get an incredible rush on Burrow, he scrambles for 15+ seconds, completes a semi-miraculous throw, and that was pretty much the ballgame after they scored there… DBs can’t cover guys forever if the pass rush can’t get home!

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  8. ASEF

    And the flip side to that question is which OC squeezes more juice out of their outmatched unit.

    The Pickens flip probably makes the difference in this one. Recruiting, ftw

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    • Down Island Way

      If the staff/coaches believe the 4th coming of Stetson Bennett is the plan against what the barners bring on d, so be it (a one legged qb isn’t)…Coach Luke is where UGA’s focus might be for saturday evening, UGA won’t have the luxury to shuffle the OL to find what’s gonna work or not work…#AUBURN SUCKS!

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  9. Get these mfs in obvious passing situations and watch Nolan Smith, Travon Walker and company commit QB abuse.

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  10. Russ

    They may have had a good YPC stat last year, but I’ll bet most of that came in the 4th quarter when Kirby tried to go turtle on the 21-0 lead. I like our chances in this one, though it may be another 3-2 thriller.

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  11. FlyingPeakDawg

    Gus will never commit to the run. Keep contamination, hold the edges against all their high school misdirection and close the pocket around Nix. I’m putting our D at +3 in turnovers.

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  12. didntgotheredawg

    Release the hounds!! Those Barn wideouts are the truth, but I see us shutting down the run game and absolutely tee off on Nix from all sides. Wolfpack has a coming out party. Stats are for losers, but in this game I see our sack numbers convincing a couple of 5 star recruits that Athens is the place to be.

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  13. DawgFlan

    I don’t feel great about this game, and per the coachspeak post I think Kirby is wound tight, but hoping to gut out a 20-17 win. Break out the bourbon and Tums.

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  14. rigger92

    Why am I nervous about this game Saturday? Because we will learn a lot about what we got this year, and it scares me. (Mostly worried about Offense)

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    • Will Adams

      I’m right there with you. I hope the D plays even better than they did last year against the barners. Listening to sports radio here in Jax this evening and the host was saying he believes Kirby is too hard headed to admit he was wrong in selecting Mathis as the starting QB and will have Mathis start this week too. Of course the host of the show is Denny Thompson, who has been the private QB coach for Carson Beck. Denny didn’t say he believes Beck should be the starter, just that Kirby is too hard headed to admit when he is wrong and will keep beating his head against the wall trying to prove he is right. I kind of see where Denny is coming from on that opinion but, I do believe in Kirby and feel like he will make the best decision. Denny is a homer FU fan too btw so he can be a biased ass from time to time. He believes FU will take the Dawgs to the woodshed if Stetson is our QB even though our D is better than the one last year that kept FU under 20 points. I’m not sure how a woodshed beating is done while scoring less than 20. Sorry for rambling…

      Long story short, I’m kind of hoping Stetson gets the start this weekend. But that scares me. So once again, I hope that nasty Dawg D shows up Saturday and pitches a shutout!

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