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Monday Morning Dawg Bites: Georgia Has The Quarterback Edge Against Auburn

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL: SEP 26 Georgia at Arkansas Photo by John Bunch/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

It’s the first Monday morning after the opening game of Georgia’s football season. While it feels great to have SEC football back, nothing is going to feel right until we’re back in front of our TV sets watching our Dawgs.

It’s going to be a bit of a Stormy Monday, but Saturday we’ll go out to play.

Speaking of Saturday, an extremely mediocre quarterback in orange and blue named Bo Nix.

This link is behind a pay wall, but guess who graded out as PFF’s 42nd best quarterback in the nation after the first week of SEC games?

Bo Nix


Stetson Bennett IV

Would you like to know who he is tied with?

Kyle Trask

The point here is this. It’s week one, and talking heads love to throw around hot takes and jump to conclusions. Ignore Bennett’s lack of a blue-chip pedigree, and pay attention to his play. Like most college football problems, if you throw enough four and five-stars at a problem things usually turn out fine. Georgia has those in spades, and they will make life easier for whoever the quarterback is.

Speaking of hot takes, everyone’s favorite epidemiologist was back on Twitter with a scorching one yesterday.

Now that we’ve started our Monday off by roasting two Barners, let’s get back to Bennett. His story is what college football is about, and proof that if you stay ready you won’t have to get ready. The “poor dirt farm boy” made good in Fayetteville on Saturday night, and you gotta be happy for a guy who left Athens after the 2018 spring game and went all the way Jones County Community College in Mississippi because he “just wanted to play.”

Despite Bennett’s heroics on Saturday, anyone who watched the game knows there are plenty of things Georgia needs to clean up. Bill King from the AJC agrees, and takes a look at some of them here.

Fortunately for Georgia, they again have what might be the nation’s best defense. That unit will look to build up there struggling teammates on the offensive side of the ball.

The other good news for Georgia going into the Auburn game is that they probably can win with 24 points on offense. The guys in the desert agree, as Georgia opened as an eight point favorite in a game with a total of just 38.5. Expect another tight 21-14 type of game like we saw last year. If that’s the case, yours truly might need a cardiologist on call.

Yes, the offense struggled early on Saturday, but take solace in the fact that it looked very different than last year’s attack. Bennett threw 29 passes in less than a half of action, and many of his 21 completions came on passing concepts that looked very different than what Georgia saw in 2019. Monken’s receivers run a ton of option routes, and are taught to sit down in zone and make their choice of route against man coverage. The guys on The Battle Hymnal took a deep dive into the differences between 2019, and how that will help whoever the quarterback is going forward.

We’ll be along all week with plenty of breakdowns, news, previews and Auburn hatred.

Let’s just hope Stetson Bennett IV likes driving in his truck...

Auburn sucks.