Georgia scorching desert of the offseason ends officially on Saturday for the Dawgs when they travel to Nashville to face Vanderbilt. Let’s be honest, some of you are either already there and on the way, listening to the music delight of Clisby Clarke’s Bulldog Bite.
Once it all gets going on Saturday night in Nashville and the wait to get on the field ends, it’ll all settle on one thing - Georgia starting 1-0.
Here’s three keys to a Georgia victory and 1-0 start to the season.
Control the run
Swift? Herrien? White? Hopefully Prather Hudson? No matter who totes the rock, Georgia needs to have a big night here. The thing to look for here is not so much someone hitting the century mark, but the back, whoever it is, take advantage of Georgia controlled the pace up front and getting chunks of yards and put the game in the Dawgs favor.
Control their run
The other thing I look for here is how Georgia’s defense does against the run. Georgia’s defense, especially in the interior of the front seven, took some lumps last year against the run on more than a couple of occasions. They have a point to prove and I look for them to be motivated to do so against one of the SEC’s better overall backs in Ke’Shawn Vaughn.
Georgia needs to play crisp, sound football. In short, a good showing devoid of a lot of mistakes and pre-snap penalties sets things up for good momentum going out of week one. Playing sloppy on national TV, even if its during a win would not be good for Georgia’s eye-test. And as late last year showed, the eye test is awfully important.