Georgia football will take on Ohio State in the Peach Bowl semifinal on Dec. 31, and while these two teams have only met one other time, it’s a highly anticipated matchup. These two programs are some of the most historic football teams, and it’s a shame that they rarely play each other.
While they don’t face off much, that doesn’t mean the Dawgs should be scared of the Buckeyes. Our sister site, Scarlet and Game, wrote a piece about why Georgia should be scared of Ohio State, but unfortunately, the author may have it backward. Both teams are talented and well-coached, but what Georgia puts on the field every week is on a different level than what Ohio State does.
Sure the Buckeyes went from having no hope to being on top of the world, but this isn’t the Michigan matchup — this is the SEC. Georgia is a force of nature that has yet to find someone to challenge them on a big stage this season. While the Dawgs have faltered on the big stage in the past, this season’s team has a different mindset.
Remember, head coach Kirby Smart said it at SEC Media Days — they will not be the hunted, but the hunter.
Georgia football should scare the Buckeyes, not the other way around.
People should talk about how good Georgia is, and people should also talk about how good Ohio State is as well. These are two evenly matched teams for the most part, but there is a glaring weakness that Buckeye fans somehow forget about or acknowledge. Georgia’s defense is something that Ohio State hasn’t seen all year. What the Dawgs’ defense does to opponents is downright intimidating and demoralizing. This group isn’t last year’s defense, but they don’t have to be because this Georgia defense is dominant in its own right.
This Scarlet and Game article is not badly written at all. He did a great job giving reasons why Georgia should be scared of Ohio State, but we politely disagree. Ohio State really didn’t play anyone, despite what the author suggests. As an SEC advocate, we all know the Buckeyes didn’t take on a formidable opponent until Michigan. We can consider Notre Dame, but that was a Week 1 Irish team that really had no identity.
Sure, Ohio State may feel like it has nothing to lose will be an advantage, but at the same time, LSU didn’t have anything to lose either. Tennessee had plenty to lose, but we all know how that turned out too. Oregon had nothing to lose. We all know what happened there too.
Smart will have his team ready and prepared for this high-powered Buckey team, and there will be no fear from the Dawgs. Georgia isn’t overlooking Ohio State by any means, and the Dawgs flat-out respect the Buckeyes. That respect factor is what Smart does — he respects teams and then beats them down in the process.