Georgia football takes on Kent State this Saturday for another noon kickoff, but the Dawgs should get in and out of this ballgame with another victory. The things Georgia must do to get the win against the Golden Flashes are simple this week — stay healthy and focused.
Before anyone thinks these are too cliche, these are two things that must happen to avoid disaster and help the Dawgs move forward in the season. The offense and defense have the same things to do this week because they are far more talented, so no matter the scheme, it should prove successful for the Dawgs.
However, Georgia doesn’t need to make it complicated.
Georgia football will shut down Kent State with ease.
The Dawgs are obviously the better team, so making sure they just stick to their game is key. Focus is how they do that because when they focus, the hard work they did throughout spring and fall camp will show. Samford saw Georgia stall out at times on offense but still scored 33 points.
Kent State will be scrappy, but Georgia is superior, so another vanilla game won’t hurt the Dawgs’ chances to contend. Win, and you’re in, but what Georgia has done so far is proven its worth.
This week it’s all about playing smart football, no pun intended. The Dawgs didn’t seem focused against Samford, well, not fully anyway. Head coach Kirby Smart was even disappointed in their efforts, so Saturday will need to improve.
Focus is so important in these games. Look at the teams that have fallen short against lesser opponents — that is where Georgia differs. The Dawgs refuse not to be prepared, but focusing and hearing outside noise can cause some complacency. This group seems to avoid it for the most part, and hopefully, that will continue.
Staying healthy is also very important for this game. Using those reserves and rotating will help the Dawgs do just that. Georgia has already seen a few guys get banged up in the first three weeks, so taking Kent State to allow them to heal up some will be helpful when SEC play continues next week.
The Dawgs don’t need to look ahead to Missouri but focus on ending this game against Kent State by halftime so the starters can rest, and the younger guys can get experience. Georgia should have no problems winning this weekend if they stay focused, and success will continue to follow them if they stay healthy.