Although the Georgia Bulldogs pretty much paved their way to the SEC title game with their win against Auburn last week, they still have to face two in-state rivals over the next two games. This Saturday they will host the Georgia Southern Eagles between the hedges.
Meeting every four years, the Bulldogs currently lead the series against the Eagles with a 4-0 record. However, with eight wins this season, Georgia Southern is no push-over within the FCS league. The Eagles currently lead Division I-AA football, averaging around 400-yards per game. Looking at their last two visits to Athens, they have managed to put up an average of 24.5 points per game.
Although favored to pull away with the win, the Bulldogs know that the Eagles are ready for the challenge. To assure their win, Georgia must prepare and be ready for Southern’s well known triple-option offense. To Georgia’s advantage, Georgia Southern does have a tendency to not hold on to the ball for big plays and are plagued by turnovers, something Georgia could easily capitalize on. Currently, Georgia holds steady in second place in the SEC with 14 forced fumbles and a dozen fumble recoveries, led by senior Jarvis Jones.
However, the Georgia defense must realize they will have to play in a capacity in which they have never played this season. Trying to keep their streak alive this weekend, Georgia’s defense enters Saturday with no points allowed in the last six quarters. In the last three games, they have given up only one touchdown and four field goals.
Another advantage for Georgia having a big defensive weekend, is that they will be even more prepared to take on Georgia Tech next week, who runs the same style of offense. Last year’s match against Tech was the last time that Georgia faced that exhausting triple-option offense. But, fans can easily remember, that it was Georgia who walked away with the 31-17 win.
Another key factor for Saturday is that Georgia will be going for their 10th win, marking the 20th time in school history that they have had a 10-win season.
Kick-off is set for 1:30 p.m. on Saturday from Sanford Stadium and will be broadcast on WSB-ATL.
About the Author
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.