OFFENSE DAWG BONE: GEORGIA
The Bulldogs gets the offensive Dawg Bone because of its rush attack and ability to wear defenses down during games.
Georgia has the No. 1 rushing offense in the SEC with 233.78 rushing yards a game. Elijah Holyfield and D’Andre Swift grow each week and after they both got 100 yards each last week, expect coach Jim Chaney to keep feeding them. Georgia can wear down opponents with its strong offensive line that opens up holes allowing the backs to get 5.8 yards a carry. The game plan is simple this week, run it down Auburn’s throat. Georgia needs to go in with a chip on its shoulder and play like it has nothing to lose and beat Auburn impressively.
DEFENSE DAWG BONE: GEORGIA
The Bulldogs get the defensive Dawg Bone for the grit and resilience they show each week. Georgia needs to continue to be gritty and aggressive when it comes to facing Auburn. The Tigers will likely try to do the most damage on first and second down, but third down will be key for the defense. Auburn converts just 36.29 percent of its third downs. Georgia’s secondary needs to be ready because the Tigers rely a lot on Jarrett Stidham to make plays through the air. If Deandre Baker, J.R. Reed, Richard LeCounte and company can make some big plays the savage spike pads could see some action.
Georgia also needs to get pressure on Stidham. He has been sacked 29 times this year, and this could be the week Georgia gets praised for the amount of pressure it puts on a quarterback. If the Bulldogs can rattle him and force third and long, it could get ugly for the Tigers, and fast.
SPECIAL TEAMS DAWG BONE: GEORGIA
Georgia continues to dominate teams through special teams. The entire special teams unit gets the Dawg Bone this week as the Bulldogs are No. 1 in punt returns and No. 2 in kick-off returns. Georgia averages 20.80 yards a punt and 23 yards a kick-off. Then there is Rodrigo Blankenship who averages a touchback 89 percent of the time and already has 59 of them this season. One thing is certain, whether Georgia is kicking opponents the ball or receiving it, the Bulldogs will be in good field position.
COACHING DAWG BONE: GEORGIA
This week’s coaching Dawg Bone goes to Sam Pittman. One of Georgia’s biggest strengths is this offensive line, and that’s all thanks to Pittman and his ability to have the young guys ready for anything. With the number of injuries coming from the line this year, they haven’t missed a beat. It takes a lot of guts to play a line that includes three freshmen and two sophomores during an SEC matchup, and Georgia did it with minimal mistakes. Look for that trend to continue this week against the Tigers.
OVERALL DAWG BONE: GEORGIA
The Bulldogs get the overall Dawg Bone because Sanford Stadium is likely going to be rocking Saturday night. After winning the SEC East for the second year in a row, Georgia comes home to face a struggling Auburn team. There is nothing like a night game in Sanford Stadium.