There is an oddness of playing Auburn in October, but in the end, it’s still the Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry.
Here’s three keys for Georgia if it wants to continue to dominate the series against Auburn.
As long as he is at Georgia, Auburn will place a target on the back of George Pickens. Emotions will be high (see the TV overplaying the story of how many Georgia natives play for Auburn).
The long and short of it is that in a game like this, Georgia cannot afford 15-year unsportsmanlike conduct penalties that kill drives or result in costly mistakes.
Own the gaps
Between Chad Morris and Gus Malzahn, there are bound to be wrinkles and gadget plays. For this reason, Georgia needs to play assignment football and not get outside of lanes in the front seven, defensively. If Georgia does that, the odds of ‘chunk plays’ are lessened.
Don’t lose it early
The unknowns are still there at QB for Georgia. Was Stetson Bennett that good or is Arkansas that bad? Was D’Wan Mathis just out of sync on a fluke? Is it JT Danel’s team and we do not yet know it? Either way, Georgia cannot afford offensive turnovers early on and getting into an early hole.