Georgia football crushed Kentucky 51-13 Saturday night. Many in the Georgia fan base were worried that the Dawgs could be on upset alert, and many in the national media were on the upset alert. Every piece of media kept pounding the message that Georgia was not a great team and Kentucky could beat the Dawgs. Dawn of the Dawg did not do that, but it did not think it would be this big of a blowout.
Offensively, Georgia finally passed to run the ball. Bobo called a perfect game; Carson Beck had the best game a Georgia QB has played since Stetson Bennett in last year’s CFP National Championship. Those at the game said that receivers were running wide-open, all over the field. Stoops, the Wildcats head coach, said Georgia’s offense did things they have not shown on film all season.
You are not surprised if you are a Georgia fan following this team daily. In fact, you were begging the offense to look like it did last night. We all thought Georgia could play this way, and that is why there were grumbles about how the Dawgs played up till this week.
Furthermore, the offensive line played its best game all season. Tate Ratledge this week said that he was disappointed in the play of the O-line. Ratledge took ownership of that, and the unit as a whole played fantastic. There was push up front in the run game, and Beck had time to sit in the pocket and throw the ball. Also, I saw the O-line pushing the pile when the running back would get held up, and they were finishing blocks.
The Dawgs ran for 173 yards, and no running back ran for over 50 yards. Daijun Edwards was the lead rusher with 54 on nine carries. It was also good seeing Kendall Milton out there. Milton ran for 47 yards on eight carries and looked explosive. If Milton can stay right, Georgia will have a two-headed monster in the backfield, and this offense can beat you in any way possible.
My hunch is that Bobo and Smart saw how well Beck handled the second half against Auburn and decided to turn him loose for the rest of the season. Smart probably won’t admit that, but it seems that way. The receivers showed out last night as well. Marcus Romsey-Jacksaint and Rara Thomas had the biggest games for the receivers, both catching a touchdown.
Oh, I forgot about… Brock Bowers! What did he do last night? I’m joking, though Kentucky’s defense might have forgotten about him. Bowers keeps showing the country he is the best college football player. Bowers needs to be in the Heisman conversation and, at the very least, be in New York City in December. Bowers is the best non-QB player in college football and, in my opinion, is the best player regardless of position.
Defensively, Georgia played lights out. Kentucky only managed to get 13 points and 183 yards of total offense. Kentucky could not get anything going on offense. Kentucky only scored off of two drives, one from a turnover in the third quarter. The other scoring for Kentucky was in the first half, when they received most of their yardage from questionable penalties. Kentucky had only 55 yards rushing against the Dawgs defense.
Last week, Kentucky ran for over 300 yards on the Gators. Some Georgia fans were in the fetal position thinking about Kentucky’s run game all this week. That changed rather quickly. The linebackers and defensive line played well last night and dominated the game. It was nice seeing Jamon Dumas-Johnson be the Butkus Award finalist.
All this season, it looked like the Dawgs’ defense was making mistakes, which was why teams scored points. This week, the Dawgs corrected those mistakes and played a great game.
It is great to see Georgia play up to its potential. We have not seen this Georgia team’s best yet, which should be scary for the rest of college football. Everyone in the national media kept pushing for the narrative that Georgia wasn’t the #1 team. This week, they will return to singing Georgia’s praises until they have another game where they sleepwalk. This Georgia team has finally gelled together and looks the part of a national champion. We will see if they are; my hunch is they are. Six games in and six more to go.