Dawg Bones Offense – Georgia
Georgia’s offense was expected to make noise this season. With so many returning starters on the offensive side of the ball, the dominance versus Oregon was just a glimpse of what is to come this season. Georgia is quite simply bigger on the offensive line and faster on the perimeter. Stetson Bennett has been playing the best football of his life dating back to last year’s playoff performances which has continued into this season. With Georgia’s offense clicking as well as we’ve seen it going back to the Aaron Murray days, expect the Bulldogs to score early and often against Samford.
Dawg Bones Defense – Georgia
The talk all off-season was how “Georgia had lost too many players on defense.” Well, as Kirby said at SEC media day “We built this program to be sustained,” and that certainly showed. Heading into Week Two, the defensive line looks ready to make a statement up front. The rotation at inside linebacker should keep guys fresh and ready to show pressure. Also, look to see a few interceptions again with quarterbacks challenging the Dawgs’ young, but talented corners.
Dawg Bones Special Teams – Georgia
Georgia has the model of consistency at kicker in Jack Podlesney. The St. Simons Island product has a career 82% field goal percentage while knocking through the game winners in the Peach Bowl as well as crucial field goals in the national championship game. Brett Thorson only had one punt attempt against Oregon for 53 yards that landed inside the 20. The Bulldogs look to once again have one of the better kicking units in the country.
Dawg Bones Coaching – Georgia
After the dominating Oregon victory, Coach Smart described this coaching staff as the best coaching staff he has ever had at the University of Georgia. Fran Brown has done a remarkable job taking a group of inexperienced cornerbacks and making them look like veterans. Coach Smart has also made evident how much respect he has for co-defensive coordinators Glenn Schumann and Will Muschamp. Todd Monken has completely transformed this Georgia offense and Todd Hartley might have developed the greatest tight end room ever assembled. Chris Hatcher has done a fantastic job at Samford with a record of 41-36 since he arrived in 2014, but this certainly isn’t close.
Dawg Bones Overall – Georgia
It’s obvious here, but Georgia dominates every category when facing Samford. The third ranked Bulldogs made a case this weekend that they are the No. 1 team in the country. Expect Georgia to impose their will early, showing off their physicality and speed to allow the backups to get some valuable minutes.