The offense must come up with a balanced and consistent attack, both running the ball well and also throwing it with aplomb, to complement the defensive performance and thereby enable Georgia to climb to 4-0 season and 1-0 in the SEC. I don’t think it’s going to be smooth sailing by any stretch of the imagination against a Maroon Bulldog bunch that is coming to Athens aiming to prove their romp over the LSU Tigers was no fluke; however, I do look for Georgia to get it done in a very closely-fought ball game.
But following that start, Georgia proceeded to lose the next four out of five games -- the worst coming at home to Vanderbilt, which marked Commodores head coach Derek Mason’s first SEC road win in three seasons. 9 Auburn made the Dawgs bowl-eligible, which is a far cry from what Georgia wants but still an important thing.
The good news offensively for Georgia is that the Dawgs have found a quarterback in true freshman Jacob Eason. 2 overall quarterback prospect in 2016 according to 247Sports has performed solidly during his first collegiate season under center, going over 2,000 yards.
At the same time, this Mississippi State team of Dan Mullen, even though it posted only a 6-7 finish in 2016, returned a number of talented football players …
such as arguably the best quarterback in the Southeastern Conference in Nick Fitzgerald, bruising tailback Aeris Williams and powerful sophomore nose tackle Jeffery Simmons.
And as everyone knows, Kirby Smart’s Bulldogs had to battle to the wire to get a very satisfying 20-19 road victory over Notre Dame two weeks ago.