Coming off their crucial win against Florida last week, Georgia returns home to Sanford Stadium Saturday to take on the Ole Miss Rebels.
This week’s match-up begins Georgia’s attempt to protect their bid into the SEC Championship game. They also proved that defensively they are unstoppable, not soft.
The Rebels will not enter the weekend as an easy win. Ole Miss will be playing for pride for their third straight win and second straight road win after beating Arkansas last week. A win would also make Ole Miss bowl eligible.
At home, Georgia holds a 17-4-1 record against the Rebels.
Georgia will rely heavily on more production defensively, especially from last week’s key player Jarvis Jones. The Bulldogs will have to once again attack quickly against an up-tempo Rebel offense. Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace is coming off of a dominating game against the Razorbacks, going 27-for-37 and 278 passing yards.
“I don’t know what they are going to do this week”, said Bulldog head coach Mark Richt at Tuesday’s weekly news conference. “I hope they play like they did this past week. I hope we continue to get after it with that kind of emotion and heartbeat.”
One key match-up to look for in Saturday’s game will be Georgia’s Todd Gurley, who can easily rack up 100-plus yards quickly, against solid Ole Miss linebacker Denzel Nkemdiche. Nkemdiche who is from Loganville, Ga., is no stranger to Athens. In an unpredicted manner, Bulldog quarterback Aaron Murray’s passing game was almost non-existent against Florida, but look for him to regroup and recover with impressive numbers at home this week. Last week, Murray was only 12-for-24 with 150 yards. He also had three interceptions.
With home field advantage and the crowd on their side, Georgia should come out on top Saturday. They proved last week they can win defensively, but it is going to take balance on both sides of the ball to be guaranteed. Ole Miss will not be a pushover and Georgia has got to focus on regaining composure on their passing game, especially if they want to continue moving forward.
Game time is set for 3:30 p.m. Saturday on CBS.
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Written by Ashley Gulick
Sports Journalism is my passion! I keep up with the latest news on pro/college football, NASCAR and baseball....and just about everthing else. I grew up in Talladega, Ala., but moved to Georgia when I was 15. From a young age, I always knew that I wanted to be involved with sports somehow. Once I got into college and completed my degree in Communications, I knew that I had a passion for sports journalism. I have covered sports for the Kennesaw Sentinel (KSU's student paper), Marietta Daily Journal and Douglas County Sentinel.