Georgia football (4-2) looks to put the disappointment of the Florida game behind them as they face the Mississippi State Bulldogs (2-4) on Saturday. Here are the three keys to a Georgia victory.
By Steve Wright
1. Shut Down Mississippi State
The Mike Leach led offense at Mississippi State tore LSU apart on opening day and has then pretty much managed to deceive ever since. Leach doesn’t yet have the pieces in place to tell if his Air Raid attack will work in the SEC, which is a problem against a Georgia defense that easily handled everyone on the schedule not named Florida or Alabama. The Bulldogs from Mississippi managed just 204 yards of offense last week against Vanderbilt – this is not good – and they haven’t hit 300 yards of offense in four games. This is a game the Georgia defense can – and will – win.
2. Figure out a QB
It is pretty amazing that this deep into the season the Georgia Bulldogs have no answer at QB. Stetson Bennett is back in practice after his shoulder injury, but it is hard to say that he has been a standout and at times his steady – but not explosive – play has actually hurt the Georgia offense. The wildcard is USC transfer J.T. Daniels who has been working with the first team after recovering a knee injury suffered in the Trojans 2019 opener. If he is able to go – and signs are pointing that way – then we may have a new starter on Saturday.
3. Control the Line of Scrimmage
It is a tale as old as football itself, but with the passing game struggling it is going to be up to the offensive line and the running game to keep the chains moving here. The Georgia running game has been doing a job as of late, but the Bulldogs are playing against a defensive front seven from Mississippi State that is better than you think. Zach Arnett is going to load the box until Georgia proves it can pass the ball downfield, but outside of games against Alabama and Texas A&M – two offenses better than Georgia in 2020 – the Mississippi State Bulldogs defense has more than held up its end of the bargain given their offensive struggles.
Saturday‘s game kicks off at 6:30 PM CT (7:30 PM ET). You can watch this Georgia football game on the SEC Network.