DAWG BONES OFFENSE- GEORGIA
When discussing any football team’s offense, you’re immediately drawn to the quarterback. And you should be. More often than not, the quarterback is the face of his team. So if you had to choose between Stetson Bennett and Bo Nix to lead your team, Bennett’s probably getting picked nine times out of 10. Given the importance of the quarterback position, Bennett provides the Dawgs a major advantage, especially with his big play ability that stems from his quick thinking and mobility. Pair that with Georgia’s elite tight end room and impressive offensive line, the Dawgs clearly have the upper hand on the offensive side of the ball.
DAWG BONES DEFENSE- GEORGIA
Georgia doesn’t rebuild, they reload. Jalen Carter and Nolan Smith lead the defensive front, but this year what should really stand out is Kelee Ringo and the secondary. They return a ton of talent and have grown in the offseason. Oregon’s defense boost two elite linebackers in Noah Sewell and Justin Flowe, but they should not be a match to the Georgia Big Three on D.
DAWG BONES SPECIAL TEAMS- EVEN
Based off of 2021’s performances, both Georgia’s and Oregon’s projected starting kickers, Camden Lewis and Jack Podlesny seem to be equally talented. Both of them averaged 81% in field goal attempts (though Podlesny made 11 more attempts than Lewis). The punters of both teams have yet to prove themselves. The Dawgs appear to be going with Australian freshman Brett Thorson, while the Ducks look to field Andrew Boyle, a transfer who has not seen much playing time.
DAWG BONES COACHING- GEORGIA
This one is easy. While Coach Smart and his staff experienced a lot of turnover in the offseason, Oregon is debuting their new head coach, Dan Lanning, a product of the Kirby Smart coaching tree. Lanning has the pedigree to make the Duck’s a soon-to-be contender, but it’s safe to say Coach Smart’s experience prevails.
DAWG BONES OVERALL- GEORGIA
Georgia is the better team overall and Las Vegas doesn’t disagree, but they must guard against self-inflicted wounds as they figure out their true leaders on game day. As has been on the case under Coach Smart, look for the Dawgs to oppose their will against Lanning’s Ducks in the second half.