Georgia is now 0-3 in the SEC after a disappointing loss to Mississippi State. The Dawgs have only won 2 out of their last 9 SEC games. Last season, there was an expected drop-off after Matthew Stafford and Knowshon Moreno departed for the NFL, but not this season. With an experienced offensive line and a new defensive coordinator, things were supposed to be exciting for the 2010 Dawgs. Instead and it’s still only September — coaches, players, and fans are left wondering what has happened to this season. The best thing to salvage this season is to play in a New Year’s Day Bowl game as the SEC Championship is out of the question. Of course, the way things are going this season, UGA might have a tough time becoming bowl eligible.
Georgia had opportunities to win against Mississippi State, but a key fumble and costly penalties prevented them from scoring touchdowns until the 4th quarter with the game out of reach. Georgia continues to struggle with the new 3-4 defensive scheme. They have had a tough time stopping the run this year as State rushed for 179 yards and earlier this year, South Carolina’s RB Marcus Lattimore ran for over 180 yards.
On offensive, Georgia is going through some growing pains with redshirt freshman Aaron Murray, but the main problem is no stable running game. The offensive line has been a huge disappointment as not many holes have been opened for RBs Washaun Ealey and Caleb King. On top of that, Murray has been pressured forcing some of his throws early when receivers have not finished their route – again caused by the O-line not blocking effectively.
Georgia gets somewhat of a break by playing outside the SEC this week. They travel to Boulder with a night game to play the Colorado Buffaloes. A.J. Green will be making his first appearance of the season which should ease the pressure on the running game and Murray. The Dawgs need a win on Saturday to start some momentum as they will face four SEC East opponents in the month of October and try to regain back some respectability.
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Written by Bob Ballard