Georgia needs to run the ball when it wants
Saturday’s weather will be cold, with expected temperatures in the mid-to-low 40s. At first, Georgia football struggled against Missouri, and the cooler weather may have had to do with the sluggish start. Georgia doesn’t need that to happen, especially against an offense that can score in a blink of an eye.
The Dawgs must establish the run game early on, and that starts with Zamir White as he didn’t have a great game against Missouri. He rushed for 105 yards against Florida, but White only rushed for 14 yards on nine carries against the Tigers.
That has to improve if the Dawgs want to keep being victorious. Even though Georgia had six rushers have a carry go for 10-plus yards, the Dawgs must get a push up front early so White, James Cook, and Kenny McIntosh can do their thing.
As we saw with Missouri, teams will be quick to load the line of scrimmage up with defenders. When the Tennessee defense puts eight defenders in the box, Todd Monken will pull the trigger on some passes.
Georgia showed they could move the ball even when defenses load the box, and that is great when they need it, but running the ball makes the clock move a lot quicker than passing it a ton. So, once they force the defense back some, the offense needs to run the ball efficiently.
All three things go hand in hand. If Georgia can get the ball, drive downfield on their first possession and eat the clock, it will automatically put pressure on Tennessee offense — suffocate their offense and defense. Then the Dawgs can party on the Tennessee River and be two steps closer to achieving a perfect regular season.