OFFENSE DAWG BONE: GEORGIA
Georgia gets the Dawg Bone for the sheer will their running game imposes on people. Two weeks in a row with over 300 yards of rushing will do that to an opponent. The Bulldogs average 240.7 rushing yards a game averaging 5.9 yards a carry. D’Andre Swift is coming off his third 100-yard rushing game in a row and could make it a fourth. He is 192 yards away from having 1000 yards on the season, and he is just getting started. However, against the Minutemen of Massachusetts, the running back committee will likely be in full force to keep everyone fresh.
As for the Minutemen, they are a dominant pass team. Massachusetts average 299.1 through the air while averaging 142.8 on the ground. Redshirt senior quarterback, Ross Comis has thrown for 1,521 yards and completed 60.7 percent of his passes. His go-to receiver is Andy Isabella who has 87 catches for 1,479 yards and 11 touchdowns on the year. He would be the one to cause some problems for the Bulldogs. Like Georgia, the Minutemen have two running backs that contribute. Marquis Young and Jordan Fredericks both will see the field on Saturday and can scoot.
DEFENSE DAWG BONE: GEORGIA
The Bulldogs get the defense Dawg Bone for its sheer resilience. This defense does not quit and will do whatever it takes to get the win. Georgia allows 131 yards on the ground and 172.30 in the air. The Bulldogs will need to focus on getting pressure on Comis and shutting down Isabella. Look for Deandre Baker to be put on Isabella and stay on him all game. Despite getting penalized a lot, Baker doesn’t like to allow anyone to make a catch on him.
Georgia’s defense needs to treat this like it is an SEC matchup and force Massachusetts to quit. It has been far too long since the spike pads made an appearance, so look for the defense to come out aggressive and to try to force turnovers.
SPECIAL TEAMS DAWG BONE: GEORGIA
Rodrigo Blankenship is a special kicker, and almost to the level of Kevin Butler, Billy Bennett and Brandon Coutu. He already has 64 touchbacks on the season and is on pace to beat Butler’s career touchback record. However, what makes Blankenship so unique is his ice-cold mentality. He doesn’t let anything affect him, and he always does his job. Georgia has the best kicker in college football, and he will likely have a big day against the Minutemen.
COACHING DAWG BONE: GEORGIA
Georgia gets the coaching Dawg Bone for its ability to have all these young players ready to contribute at a high level. This week will be an ample opportunity to play a lot of young guys and get them some much needed on the field training.
OVERALL DAWG BONE: GEORGIA
The Bulldogs receive the overall Dawg Bone for their grittiness and ability to never give up during games. This week is no different. Despite playing Massachusetts, the team will treat it as an SEC game. It’s still a business trip, and the team needs all of Dawg Nation to show up and do the same as last week.