Odds are pretty good that Georgia takes down Murray State on Saturday afternoon in Athens...I mean, it’s not like the opponent is Georgia State or anything.
Chances of a convincing win, however, will be higher provided that the Dawgs do these three things against the Racers.
Control the edge and minimize chunk plays
This’ll be Georgia’s first look this season as a defensive group against an Air Raid-style offense, similar to what you would see from Mike Leach or Art Briles offenses. In fact, Murray State’s head coach is one of many from the Hal Mumme coaching tree, having played at Valdosta State for Chris Hatcher, who oddly enough was previously the head coach of the Racers.
Given all that, taking away plays on the edge and minimizing yards gained off of tunnel screens and mesh patterns will be something to look for, especially when gauging Georgia’s inside linebackers.
Set the tone up front
Georgia has the size to control the game up front. Now, they’ll need to go out and do just that. Look for this group, especially after a few short-yardage sequences last week, to be motivated to do that. Also, keep an eye on how Sam Pittman rotates guys in and out with Isaiah Wilson’s injury.
There’s a degree in which penalties can be committed. If a defense is playing hard, yes, you may have a late hit call her or there. What Georgia cannot do if it wants to win big moments later this year is commit penalties similar to last week - hitting a guy well out of bounds or things like a 15-yard facemask penalty.
If Georgia wants to have a good feeling about itself after Saturday, one way is to avoid mental penalties instead of hoping that they will suddenly stop happening.