Well, Georgia football sleepwalked to victory against Vanderbilt. Georgia won the game 37-20. Georgia did not start slow; the Dawgs scored on their second possession after a turnover on their first. However, the defense gave up a first-drive touchdown to Vanderbilt, and many Georgia fans knew what they were in store for.
However, the Dawgs won and played a C- game, so we will all take the win. The biggest story of the game is Brock Bowers being injured. Kirby Smart, at halftime, said that Bowers was fine; it was a low ankle sprain. I hope that was not just coach speak; thankfully, the Dawgs have a much-needed bye week next week. Truss and Milton were also out, and we will see what the news is for both of those players soon.
Carson Beck was once again solid for the Dawgs, throwing it for 261 yards and completing 29 of his 39 passing attempts. Beck did throw for a touchdown as well. Other than the interception late in the 4th quarter, Beck played well. The interception was not entirely Beck’s fault, as the ball was tipped at the line of scrimmage. Daijun Edwards played another great game, toting the rock. Edwards carried the ball 20 times for 146 yards and one touchdown. The more he plays, the more I am convinced Edwards is Goergia’s number-one back.
The defense played well, even though they gave up 20 points. Vandy only had 219 yards of total offense. The offense turning over the ball gave Vandy an excellent field position to score. Again, I will not complain about the defense, but they looked uninterested in this game. However, Vandy did only run the ball for 18 yards. So Georgia did do their job. I will have to re-watch the game to see if I missed anything, but the defense played meh, which has been my issue with them all year.
Let’s be honest; we thought Georgia would sleepwalk through this game. It’s Vanderbilt at noon. Georgia was playing inside a construction site with 18,000 Georgia fans. There were maybe 12 Vandy fans in attendance for this game. I knew, and many of you knew, that Georgia would likely win; it was a question of by how much. I often worry that Georgia will sleepwalk against an opponent who will take advantage of the Dawgs not playing 100%. But we will see. Georgia was looking forward to the much-needed bye.
Smart said in his post-game comments that this team has a ton of peaks and valleys. I do not know how you can fix that because the Georgia team that played today was not the team we saw last Saturday against Kentucky. I still do not know what to make of this team, and it’s week 7. The two biggest concerns going forward the rest of the year are the offensive line and injuries. The line did not play well today. For the O-line, it was hot and cold, meaning they would look great one drive and look like they never played football before. On the injuries, we all know the story. It just feels like the Dawgs are snake-bitten.
I’ll end on this note: whatever body part Brock Bowers needs to get healthy, I will gladly give it up. Hell, if Bowers needs a new ankle, he can take mine. Georgia fans must pray to the mighty football gods that Bowers heals up for the Florida game.