The No. 8 Georgia Bulldogs (6-2) face a Vanderbilt Commodores (0-8) side that is again the worst team in the conference in 2020. Here are the three keys to a Bulldog victory.
By Steve Wright
A coaching change surge?
One of the only reasons to fire a coach midseason – absent of scandal – is to try to get that bump that sometimes comes with a fresh face in charge. That is what Georgia will be coming up against here after the Commodores ditched Derek Mason on Sunday after they fell to 0-8 in humiliating fashion on the receiving end of a 41-0 score line against Mizzou. Mason’ tenure will not be looked back on fondly, and interim head coach Todd Fitch be trying to coach a feeling that this is a new era with new possibilities in Nashville. Georgia can stamp out the surge early with a couple of big first quarter plays.
More from JT Daniels
USC transfer JT Daniels was lights out good in his first Georgia start two weeks ago against Mississippi State. In that game, Daniels passed for 401 yards and four touchdowns – with no picks – as Georgia won by seven points at home. Last week against South Carolina, Daniels came back to earth a bit. He passed for just 139 yards with two touchdowns and an interception, but he only threw 16 total passes as the game flow allowed head coach Kirby Smart to stick with the run after the ‘Dogs built a 21-0 first-quarter lead. The game might go that way again here, but Daniels should use the first half to tee off on a Vandy secondary that can’t stop anyone.
Get out healthy
Even with the bump in play from the coaching change there is no reason to expect Vandy to be competitive here. The ‘Dores can’t run the ball at all and their only offensive piece to build around is freshman QB Ken Seals – who has actually been pretty good this season with his almost 1,700 yards passing and 10 touchdowns. This is a game where Smart has to come out attacking and have the contest over by the break. Doing so will allow starters to get some rest and avoid any stupid injuries in the second half.
Saturday‘s game kicks off at 3:00 PM CT (4:00 PM ET). You can watch this Georgia football game on the SEC Network.