After an interminably long offseason filled with turmoil unfamiliar for one of the most steady programs in college football The University of Georgia finally kicked off the football season again in a few short moments.
The attention leading up to this game has been squarely on the Bulldog offense. Who will start at quarterback? Will Nick Chubb and/or Sony Michel be ready to go? These are great questions. Unfortunately, they are not the most important questions for determining who will win this evening in the Georgia Dome.
The big questions are these: will Georgia be able to stop Elijah Hood, and will the Bulldog defense be able to keep Mitch Trubinsky from connecting with a loaded Tar Heel receiving corps. Larry Fedora's team finished ninth in the country in scoring offense and 18th in the country in total offense in 2015 and I don't know that we have talked enough about that. Especially given what Georgia is replacing in the front seven. That worries me.
Then again, if the Bulldogs can establish the running attack early, control the tempo of the game and put points up I think pressure shifts quickly to the Tar Heels. Theoretically this is a neutral site game. In practice, I would be very disappointed if the crowd is not at least 60% red and black. Get rolling early, sees the momentum and Kirby Smart could be on the way to his first victory on the Bulldog sideline. If however the Bulldog units appear not ready for prime time, well, this one could get away from us. I'll be back with first half stats and the second half open comment thread at the intermission. Until then ....