Georgia is coming off what could be a season-defining victory against an impressive Kentucky Wildcat football team. The attention now shifts to the Vanderbilt Commodores, who have been considered the laughing stock of the SEC in terms of football. While this game may seem irrelevant on paper and will receive little to no attention in the national media, it could be crucial for the Bulldogs if they can string together back-to-back dominant victories.
Coach Smart has been transparent with the media, stating that the 2023 Bulldog team is still searching for its identity. Historically, from an offensive perspective, Georgia has relied on its running backs to open up the passing game, effectively winning many games through ground dominance. However, in 2023, this doesn’t appear to be the case.
Carson Beck currently ranks second in the SEC in passing yards and has been particularly impressive in recent weeks. Highly touted transfer receiver Rara Thomas has delivered multiple impressive performances and is demonstrating his reliability as a true X receiver. With Ladd McConkey returning to form from injury and Brock Bowers effortlessly putting up 100-yard receiving performances, the Bulldog passing game has the potential to become the identity of this football team.
Vanderbilt comes into this week ranked last in the SEC in passing touchdowns allowed. The Commodores’ secondary has been abysmal through seven games, and Georgia is peaking at the right time. The Bulldogs will have a phenomenal opportunity to air it out in Nashville, and it would be hard to bet against a Bulldog offense that just put up over 600 yards of total offense.
With the Bulldogs’ end goal being a third straight championship, it is necessary for Georgia to become consistently elite through the air. Vanderbilt is the perfect game to further assert Bulldog confidence, and Georgia will look to make a splash before the bye week and a trip to Jacksonville to face the Florida Gators. Look for Carson Beck to establish himself as one of the most efficient passers in the nation this week against Clark Lea’s Commodores.