Georgia Football wins bye week as Week 8 shows unusual results

ATHENS, GA - OCTOBER 16: Georgia Bulldogs mascot UGA X is seen on the sidelines in the second half against the Kentucky Wildcats at Sanford Stadium on October 16, 2021 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)
ATHENS, GA - OCTOBER 16: Georgia Bulldogs mascot UGA X is seen on the sidelines in the second half against the Kentucky Wildcats at Sanford Stadium on October 16, 2021 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images) /

Georgia football didn’t even play on Saturday, yet they remain the best team in the country. Once again, college football saw an unusual week of play as top-rated teams struggled, and some even lost.

However, for the remaining five opponents on the Dawgs schedule, the three that played all suffered a loss.

Florida and Missouri were also on their bye weeks, so the games that featured the Dawgs’ upcoming opponents were Tennessee, Charleston Southern, and Georgia Tech.

Alabama played Tennessee, so we will mention them with the Vols as the Tide is likely who Georgia will see that first week of December in Atlanta.

It was an unusual week, but college football has been crazy this season, so the fact that all three teams that Georgia will play later on this season lost isn’t as surprising.

This season shows fans that focus is key because a far inferior team can come in and beat somebody any given week.

How Georgia Football last five opponents fared in Week 8

Three of the five left played, so let’s break down each game to see what happened.

Tennessee vs Alabama

Despite the Vols hanging around for most of the game, they fell to Alabama 52-24.

Tennessee went up 14-7 after the first quarter, and then Alabama held them to 10 points the rest of the game.

The Vols collected 346 total offensive yards with 64 on the ground and 282 through the air.

As for the Tide, they had 574 yards of offense, including 203 rushings and 371 passing.

Bryce Young went 31-of-43 and threw for two scores for Alabama.

Tennessee’s quarterback Hendon Hooker went 19-of-28 for three touchdowns, and he also threw for one interception.

Alabama wore down the Vols as they should have and laid down the throttle. The Tide are improving, but the fact that Tennessee scored 24 points on them still means they got work to do.

This game would have been a lot closer if Tennessee didn’t collect 12 penalties, with the majority of them coming in the first half.

Alabama’s fans were a major factor, and it continued to make Tennessee stutter-step and lose momentum.

If you look at the total stats, it doesn’t look pretty at all for Tennesee, and it seems like Alabama took them to the woodshed, but the Vols hung tough. They gave the Tide a game for a little while, but too many mental mistakes and lack of depth ultimately cost them.

Georgia needs to watch this film and see how Alabama could run the ball on them while utilizing the passing game to keep the spread out on defense.

The Dawgs will play Tennessee on Nov. 13 in Knoxville, and despite the Vols having some offensive success, it could get ugly and fast.

Charleston Southern vs North Alabama

Georgia’s Nov. 20th matchup had a tough day as well. Charleston Southern fell to North Alabama 45-22 on Saturday.

North Alabama got off to a quick 14-0 start and held Charleston Southern to zero points until the fourth quarter when the Buccaneers scored 22 points, but it wasn’t enough for a comeback win.

The Buccaneers won the statistic battle as they outgained North Alabama in most of the categories. They collected 481 total offensive yards with 235 on the ground and 246 through the air.

Georgia will have to keep on their toes against this group because Jack Chambers can make plays happen with his legs and arm.

Chambers collected 110 yards on 16 carries and one score. He also went 20-of-49 for 214 yards through the air and one touchdown.

Even though the Bucs are 2-4 on the year, they will try to catch Georgia slipping. However, the way the Dawgs are playing, this will be another blowout.

Georgia Tech vs Virginia

On Saturday night, the Yellow Jackets had quite the offensive performance but still fell to Virginia 48-40.

Georgia Tech started and finished the game relatively well, but Virginia did enough to defeat them by eight points in the two middle quarters.

The Yellow Jackets finished with 570 total yards, but the Cavaliers finished with 636 yards.

There wasn’t a whole lot of defense in this game, and the stat sheet shows it.

Georgia Tech will hit a brick wall when they take on the Dawgs on Nov. 27, and Atlanta will be red like it’s a Falcons game.

Even though Geoff Collins is doing some good things and changing Tech, it isn’t like success will happen overnight. There is still some growing to do for little brother, and the Dawgs will suffocate them Thanksgiving weekend.

Georgia Tech can amass all the offensive yards they want, but they still have a losing record. Not to mention, they might want to get the stats now because when Georgia comes to town, there will be very few positive plays.

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The Dawgs didn’t have to play to win Week 8, especially against their upcoming opponents.

Among the three that played, Tennessee will be the toughest, but the Dawgs’ depth is as deep as Alabama’s, so as long as they focus, it’ll be a victorious game when Georgia officially clinches the SEC East.