1: The Ohio State Buckeyes
Last but certainly, not least, the Ohio State Buckeyes would be the fifth team that Georgia would beat if the two played each other on Saturday.
Ohio State fell to Oregon earlier this year, and while they’ve handled their business since then, they haven’t played a team like Georgia. The Buckeyes don’t have Justin Fields anymore. Instead, they have C.J. Stroud, who started slow but picked up the pace.
Even if they’re averaging 48.5 points a game, they’re giving up 20.5 points on defense.
This year, the best defense they’ve played was Minnesota, who ranks as the No. 26 total defense nationally in the opening week of the season. They won 45-31 but once again gave up too many points.
Ohio State is No. 76 in total defense nationally, giving up 387.3 yards a game.
As for their remaining five opponents, Akron is No.111, Tulsa is No. 90, Maryland is No. 75, Oregon is No. 89 and Rutgers is No. 60 in total defense.
Ohio State should score 48 points a game against opponents like that, but even in the game they lose, Oregon scored 35 points on them.
While they have an explosive offense, they haven’t faced the No. 1 overall defense in the country who gives up just six points a game. Ohio State would probably find a way to score on Georgia, but that’s because Ryan Day is an excellent coach who can scheme up some offense. However, the Dawgs would get stops and plenty of them.
Ohio State’s defense is their weak point. If the Dawgs could sustain drives and keep Stroud and company off the field, it would make it hard for them to score. Georgia should be able to run the ball against this group and spread it out if they need to.
If Georgia played smart in this game and didn’t try to match Ohio State point for point, just lay on them over and over, they would wear down, and the Dawgs would be able to do what they wanted. Ohio State would easily get beaten by the Dawgs if they played each other.
The Dawgs’ scoring defense may suffer in this one, but Georgia gets just the right amount of stops for them to win it 48-28.
Georgia is onto something special this season, and while there are other talented teams out there, the Dawgs are far too talented and better than those that stand in their way. These five teams haven’t seen anything like what the Dawgs have in their arsenal of weapons, and they probably don’t want to.