Georgia football had some mistakes against the Gators, but don’t let those be the only thing that gets taken away from this game. The Dawgs put on a show for three of the four quarters, and while it’ll take a complete game to beat Tennessee, what we saw against the Gators should settle some nerves.
This upcoming game on Saturday will be nuts, and it’s what college football needs. Two teams who hate each other are going at it in a great football environment. This matchup has so much riding on it, and after rewatching the Florida game, the Dawgs are ready for it.
Georgia will be ready for the game on Saturday, and after watching this team go to work against a Florida team, there are plenty of reasons to be confident about the Dawgs. These three things are something Georgia needs to keep doing moving forward to stay undefeated.
The Dawgs showed a little against the Gators, and these stats show it.
Georgia football put on the pressure
Against the Gators, Georgia’s defense looked phenomenal. Despite giving up 20 points against them, the Dawgs still performed well. Losing Nolan Smith hurts, but it’ll be okay because others around him will step up and fill that gap.
The pass rush has been something people seem to discuss when it comes to Georgia’s defense and how they only have 10 sacks on the season and how Smith has three of them. Sacks are not the only way to define pass-rush success. Quarterback hurries are also something to look at, and Georgia is a team that knows how to lay on that tension.
Pressures are good ways to rattle quarterbacks too. Against the Gators, Georgia recorded 30 quarterback hurries, with Jamon Dumas-Johnson leading the way with five. Those 30 pressures are the most Georgia has done against a team all season, and it was good to see. It rattled Anthony Richardson, and it helped Georgia make plays. The Dawgs will need to apply the pressure this weekend as well.
Georgia football rush attack grows stronger
There is plenty to discuss when it comes to this Georgia offense, but something that really impressed us was the running game against the Gators. The Dawgs averaged six yards a carry against the Florida defensive front, and they will need to keep that going. When Georgia can successfully run the ball and take pressure off the passing game, it’s harder to stop them.
Daijun Edwards recorded 106 yards on 12 carries and scored twice. He averaged 8.8 yards a touch. Those numbers are incredible. If the Dawgs can get those chunk yardage plays, it makes for a more manageable third down conversion or even fourth down one. Keep it up running game because it’s good to see you succeed again.
On both sides of the ball, Georgia football thrived on third and fourth down
Against the Gators, Georgia went 6-of-12 on third down and 2-of-3 on fourth downs. That is the first fourth down conversion all season that Georgia didn’t get, and that should tell you how confident offensive coordinator Todd Monken is in his offense. Defensively, the Dawgs held Florida to 4-of-16 third downs and 0-of-3 on fourth. Georgia dominated those two downs regardless of what side of the ball they were on, which is essential.
If you can win those two downs in games, it means you’re getting teams off the field and keeping yours on it. To have a 50% conversion rate is impressive. Georgia is No.7 nationally on third down conversions and No.1 in the SEC. The Dawgs are No. 2 in the SEC and No. 10 nationally in opponent third downs — which is downright impressive.
Georgia is doing something right on those downs, and that should not get overlooked. The Dawgs have a stout team that has its next challenge this week. These stats show there is a lot of good happening with this group, and the rest of the season will challenge them.