UGA became SEC Champion in Atlanta on December 3, 2020. That night Todd Monken’s offense, led by a confident and experienced quarterback, picked LSU apart. Mr. Bennett ended the evening with 23 completions on 29 attempts for 274 yards and FOUR touchdowns. What a performance to end his SEC career!
It is appropriate that Stetson Bennett was invited soon after his SEC Championship performance to the Heisman Award ceremony in New York as one of four finalists. Of course, he did not win the trophy, but this is an instance that produces no losers.
As we look ahead toward the Peach Bowl and Ohio State, what should we expect from UGA? Of course, the safe answer is more of the same, which is precisely what we will see. Monken and Company always have a new wrinkle for a new opponent, but at the core of Georgia’s offense is a calm, cold decision-maker to pull the trigger on the correct target at the right time. At least, that is ideal, and Monken seems to think that Bennet is close enough.
I fully expect Georgia to make Ohio State stop the run. Suppose Georgia can consistently gain first downs running from scrimmage or with short passes while running OSU’s defensive linemen and linebacker from sideline to sideline. In that case, it will be a tough day for the Buckeyes. Of course, the Buck’s defense will use their practice time to adjust for the Dawgs.
There are no bad teams at the College Football Playoff level of the game, but as I think about the upcoming friendly environment of the Peach Bowl, I can not muster a Munsonian level of disquiet about the game.
Dawgs roll on!