This Georgia analysis ($$) from The Athletic’s Michigan beat writer is very complimentary about the Dawgs… well, except for one thing.
You see all this talent and ask yourself: Shouldn’t Georgia have one of the best pass offenses in the country and not the sixth-most productive unit in the SEC? Well … maybe. It doesn’t, though, and the quarterback situation is one reason why.
Saban showed the way, as is usually the case.
Michigan’s best path defensively is to borrow Alabama’s: Find ways to cloud the picture for the quarterback through coverage and blitz disguise/variance.
… This, for Michigan, has to be the blueprint. Win situations. Find ways to clog windows in obvious throwing downs, especially in the red zone, and make whichever quarterback Georgia starts have to think about a lot more than he wants to. And when either Bennett or JT Daniels (both do this) offer up opportunities, Michigan has to pounce.
He seems to think that Daniels is slower making his post-snap reads than is Bennett, a take I find puzzling, to say the least.
In any event, he seems to believe that’s where the game will be decided.
The only unsettled spot on the field for Kirby Smart and Georgia is at quarterback. That’s a problem.
The formula to stump Georgia offensively has been clear since the opener: play soft coverage so that Monken can’t call anything to beat you over the top and hope your defensive line is sturdy enough to limit Georgia’s running game without needing to bring extra numbers on a regular basis. Does Michigan have enough game to do just that?