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Three Keys To Beating Notre Dame

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The atmosphere and game does not get much bigger than this. Here are three things that Georgia must do to take care of business on Saturday against Notre Dame.

Embrace The Spotlight

Maybe it’s the self-disillusioning part of being a sports fan in the state of Georgia. Maybe it’s being through too many big games in the Richt are and seeing things fall flat. It’s hard to blame some Georgia fans for being nervous about this weekend, even if Georgia is a two-TD favorite.

A party environment, College Gameday, maybe the biggest home game since Yale came south in the 1920s not to mention a chance to show this team is ready for the big stage.

No doubt, the spotlight is on Georgia this weekend. How it handles it will go a long way in winning, and that goes down to playing mistake-free, staying focused and not playing tight. Simply put, the Bulldogs just need to have fun and play loose.

Turnovers, turnovers, turnovers

Momentum swings are everything in games like this, and those include turnovers.

Georgia needs to do two things in this department - take care of the football and sieze full advantage when the Irish do turn it over and make them pay. So far this year, ND turnovers are worth photographing because they don’t happen often. The Irish’s 3.0 turnover margin is best in the nation. When Notre Dame does have a miscue, Georgia needs to translate those missteps into points.

Contain Ian Book

In the list of coming into the moment occurrences when these two teams played in 2017, high in that category was Roquan Smith absolutely flying all over the field, limiting Notre Dame’s big plays.

Ian Book has big-play potential, and missed assignments and bad angles could open the door for him to realize that. Georgia has to prevent Book from breaking containment, limiting big-time gains that could tilt the scales toward Notre Dame.

Go Dawgs!