Don’t let one loss become two
Last week’s loss to Missouri all but ended Georgia’s chances at competing for a BCS Championship. It’s especially frustrating because the Dawgs had plenty of chances to come back and beat the Tigers. However, UGA still has a great chance to win the SEC East and reach the conference championship game in Atlanta. It may not feel like it, but this team still has a lot to play for. They must remember it when taking the field against Vanderbilt. It’s time to leave last week’s loss in the past and continue to play with purpose.
Contain Jordan Matthews
Vanderbilt has one of the best receivers in college football in Jordan Matthews. His style of play reminds me of Larry Fitzgerald and he’s been one of the most impressive players I’ve seen this season. Now, he gets to face a Georgia secondary that’s made nearly every wide receiver look like the next Jerry Rice. I’ve given up hope on the UGA defense stopping anyone (that might require a new defensive coach), but it’s critical for them to at least prevent Matthews from having a huge game. He’s the type of player who can shift momentum with one play. Georgia needs to stop him from doing it.
Use the Tight Ends
Going into the season, many thought Georgia had the best duo of tight ends in the SEC. Arthur Lynch is an All-SEC type performer and Jay Rome has a tremendous amount of athleticism and raw ability. With the offense now missing so many other receivers because of injuries, the tight ends could play a huge role. Mike Bobo and Aaron Murray should look to get the ball to Lynch early and often as he creates a huge mismatch in pass coverage. Finding Lynch will help take pressure off Georgia’s other inexperienced receivers.
Georgia has given up non-offensive touchdowns in three of the last four games. North Texas and Tennessee scored special teams touchdowns and Missouri scored a defensive touchdown last week. The defense simply isn’t good enough to afford to let the opposition to score without even having to possess the ball on offense. The Dawgs have very little margin for error right now and these critical mistakes can often be the difference in a win or loss.
Prediction: Who knows? I just hope no one else gets hurt.