The Crowd at Sanford Stadium
The crowd at Sanford Stadium has been outstanding this season. It’s easy to understand why with home games against two Top 10 teams, South Carolina and LSU. Fans might not think Saturday’s game is as important because it’s against Missouri, but it’s still a huge game against an SEC East opponent. I think the fact that Missouri enters the game ranked actually helps Georgia because it puts everyone on notice that the Tigers are a legitimate threat.
For the love of all that is good in the world, will someone in the UGA secondary please have a quality game this week? I’m looking at you, Damian Swann. Swann was expected to be the best cover-corner for the Dawgs this year, but he’s been very frustrating and disappointing this season. He regularly gets beat for position, takes poor angles on tackles, and blows coverage assignments that lead to big plays. Swann will likely be covering Missouri’s stud wide-receiver, Dorial Green-Beckham, which should make Georgia fans very nervous.
You often hear former football players talk about how the team has a “Next Man Up” mentality when a guy goes down with an injury. You feel for the injured player, but there’s still a job to be done and it’s up to the rest of the players on the roster to make up for the loss. That’s never been more true for Georgia, especially at the skill positions. J.J. Green and Brendan Douglas did a great job last week after Keith Marshall went down and Rantavious Wooten came up with the biggest catch of his career at the end of the game. The Dawgs will need more of that production this week and for other guys to continue to respond to the challenge.
Aaron Murray has received all kinds of attention for playing like the best quarterback in the country over the past month, but much of his success can be attributed to the Georgia offensive line. For a group that looked overwhelmed in the season opener against Clemson, the line has responded extremely well and is playing like one of the best groups in the SEC. The fact that J.J. Green was able to run for 129 yards last week is a tribute to how the UGA line was able to create running lanes for him. The line needs to continue the strong play and give Missouri another lesson in “Grown Man Football.”
Prediction: Dawgs win 41-30.
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