Early Saturday afternoon, Georgia takes on the University of North Texas in a “rent a win” game between the hedges. The Mean Green needs these games to pay for their program and Georgia needs these games to build depth. The problem happens when the visiting team shows up to make a point and ruin the fun for the home team. Let’s get to the preview.
When Georgia Has the Ball
The Dawgs’ offense has been highly efficient and effective averaging 38 points and almost 540 yards per game against two top 10 opponents. With the same degree of efficiency, this offense could put up serious statistics against a defense that will be likely overmatched. In a similar game last year, the offense put up over 700 yards against Florida Atlantic. If Bobo decides to make a point and the offense continues to be efficient, the single game total offense record could be in jeopardy. I look for Murray and company to be in the game for the first half before turning the game over to Hutson Mason. I wouldn’t be surprised to see both QBs throw for over 200 yards. I’ll be watching who plays most of the snaps along the offensive line after the first team comes out of the game.
When UNT Has the Ball
As has been written a number of times this week, the Mean Green don’t lack for experience on the offensive side of the ball. They have a big, experienced starter at quarterback. Any offense that has experience at the helm can give a young defense like Georgia’s a headache or two. I definitely think we should be able to get pressure on the passer, but I want to see if the run defense has gotten better. If it hasn’t, we will have problems next week with LSU. Jordan Jenkins has been quiet in the sack department through two games, but I look for him to have a breakout game on Saturday. We need to establish the line of scrimmage early to get control of the game and get the starters out as soon as possible to rest up for next week’s epic showdown with the Bayou Bengals.
What Will Happen
I definitely think UNT is going to try to take away Gurley, Marshall and the run game. Aaron Murray makes them pay early and often, and then the running game gets going. Dawgs pull away in the 2nd quarter and head to next week’s game with LSU with a team that is at full strength. Because of some potential early trouble, Dawgs win but aren’t as dominant as the media would like, andand ESPN immediately says that Mettenberger’s signature win will be next week in Athens.
besides the win, I would like to see; Gurley 100 yards, then pulled out, Marshall 100 yards, then pulled out, Brandon get a lot of yards. Murray get his 100th TD and maybe 101, then sit so Hutson and Faton get lots of snaps, the Defense to stop the run and pass (less than 200 yards combined)
Also, I would like to see Jonathon Rumph do some good things and Davis get some long passes.
I hope we escape UNT without any freak injuries. Hopefully the guys will not be looking ahead and will play focused, fast, and smart. Should Aaron struggle a bit you can count on the ESPN talking heads to play the "Mett should be the starter at UGA; Murray can't win the big one; Mett is the best QB on the planet; etc.; etc.; etc.," card. I just hope we can lay an old fashioned whoopin on them guys from the Bayou. If not, I pity Murray for all the negativity he will receive from the media the following week.
@EdThomas I'm not worried about Aaron either. What I am saying is AM could throw for 500 yds and 5 TD's against LSU and it will not matter if UGA loses. All we will hear from those jackwagons on ESPN is how much better UGA would be with Mett, never mind our D may not be able to stop a tumblebug in an outhouse. All those "experts" will talk about (again), is how AM can not win the big one and ZM should have never "left" UGA. I believe it was the Auburn - Miss St game the other night when one of the announcers made reference to Nick Marshall "transferring" from UGA and how great he was at Auburn. Not one word of being kicked out of school and off the team. I expect the same kind of language from Verne and Gary next Saturday about Mett. I guess this weekends game with LSU and AU is the "UGA ex-con Bowl" or something like that.
Mett hasn't been tested this year. We will see if he has improved vs last year or still the Old Mett. I think Auburn makes this a game until late in the 3rd quarter... Or maybe more. I am not sold on LSUs D and Nick Marshall had a early signature comeback against an SEC opponent... Granted, it was MSU being coached by gone next year Mullen... But still... Should be entertaining.