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Rating The Three Keys To Victory

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Saturday’s game against Vanderbilt was expected to be an easy win for Georgia. And for once, the Bulldogs didn’t lower their level of play to a much-less talented team as we have seen through the years in early-afternoon games in the Music City.

Needless to say - keys to victory were easly met.

Don’t sleepwalk

Hopefully, Georgia’s players don’t party as much as Georgia fans will on Friday night on Broadway and get in trouble for ‘team rules violations.’ The Noon start time - 11 am locally will for sure throw Georgia off, and it’ll be important not to slip to a few early three and outs and start slow.

Before you could blink, Georgia was up 14-0...and that’s before adding two turnovers and a 35-0 lead...in the first quarter. Georgia had a point to prove on Saturday and it showed in a big way.

Penalties, penalties, and penalties

Want a surefire way to let a lesser team hang around? Commit dumb penalties of the pre-snap variety or have a player fall victim to the idiotic targeting rule. Georgia needs to start strong offensively - holding penalties or false start flags would douse water on that for the Dawgs, and they need to avoid that.

With such a big margin of victory, penalties were not a factor. Still, one good thing for Georgia was that the game was not sloppy and penalty-ridden. Georgia was flagged four times for 17 yards. The good news is that Georgia won’t go into the Arkansas week with the burden of a sloppy performance hanging over it.

Apply pressure

This Vanderbilt team is offensively challenged. The best way to exacerbate that on Saturday will be to clog the running lanes and reduce extensions of plays from inside the passing pocket. If Georgia does that, it’s an easy win.

The Commodores tried a bit of everything to throw Georgia’s defense of, even giving both Ken Seals and Mike Wright time under center. Georgia’s defense had much to do with that as Vandy was a combined 5-of-18 for 24 yards and rushed for 19 yards. Georgia didn’t register many sacks due to little dropbacks in the pocket by either QB, but the fact that those did not turn into broken plays is a big win for Georgia defensively.

Go Dawgs!