If you’d told me two hours ago that I’d be worried about this one at the half I wouldn’t have been too surprised. If you’d told me it was because the defense was dropping nine men in coverage and still couldn’t stop Mississippi State freshman QB Will Rogers I would have been floored. Yet here we are.
Rogers is 24 of 29 passing for 210 yards with the Bulldog defense allowing him a ton of room to check down and make plays. Dan Lanning’s defense doesn’t have to stop that every time, but does need to bat some balls away and get off the field on third down (the Starkvillains are 6 of 8 on 3rd down, drop that to 4 of 8 and this is a different ball game).
You also have to wonder if MSU’s limited roster starts to catch up with them a little in the second half, especially on the lines. The big guys up front tend to get tired and stay tired. You can’t just send them to the sidelines for a quick breather and expect them to freshen right up.
And for the first time in quite some time, the UGA offense just needs to keep doing what it’s doing. JT Daniel looks confident and Jermaine Burton and George Pickens are permanently open. If Daniels avoids mistakes, I like Georgia’s chances to pull away in this one.
The Bulldogs will get the ball to start the second half. It would be phenomenal to drive down and take the lead, then get a stop on D to get things turned in the right direction.