We're an hour away from kickoff for the final home game of the 2015 season on what looks like a chilly night in Athens. Georgia Southern comes to Athens with a 7-2 record, a much more dangerous foe than on previous trips to the Classic City.
To me there are two keys to this game. One is the Bulldogs playing as if they're playing an FBS team not an FCS team. You'd think that goes without saying. But I've watched enough college football to know better. The other is 3rd down, both getting off the filed on 3rd down on defense and staying on the field on offense. Georgia sits last in 3rd down conversion percentage in the SEC (32.8%). If the O can't convert some of those, Georgia Southern's going to wear the Bulldog defense down. Forget all the talk about superior size and strength. Tired is tired. And tired defenses get sloppy. When you get sloppy against Willie Fritz's attack you give up points. Georgia can't score a lot of points. See the problem?
We'll be back at the half with analysis and a second half thread which, ideally, will be filled with exultation over the play of senior reserves who haven't seen the field often. Until then...