Rapid Reactions: Georgia too much for Auburn in Athens
D’Andre Swift ran for 186 yards and a touchdown, and Jake Fromm was his efficient self as #5 Georgia took care of business against #24 Auburn.
After scoring on 2 of their first 3 possessions, Auburn was shutout for the rest of the game.
Big plays from Swift, Holyfield, and Godwin propelled the offense to another solid performance.
Georgia seems to have figured out the run defense:
The Bulldogs came into Saturday’s contest against Auburn averaging 134.22 yards allowed on the ground per game (7th SEC).
They only allowed 102 to the Tigers on Saturday night.
To be fair, Auburn is pretty terrible at running the ball, but they’re still a top-25 team from the SEC West. Combine this performance with last week’s, in which the Dawgs held Kentucky to 84 yards on the ground, and you start to see a positive trend.
A lot of credit has to go to freshman DT Jordan Davis, but the entire defensive line has stepped up as a whole.
Jim Chaney and the offense have to figure out the redzone:
Georgia entered Auburn’s redzone 4 times and three times. They only managed one touchdown, a 14 yard pass from Jake Fromm to Tyler Simmons.
On the three other drives, Georgia had 1st and goal from Auburn’s: 2, 4, and 2, respectively.
That efficiency might get it done against Florida, Kentucky, and Auburn, but absolutely not against Alabama.
UMass comes to Athens at the perfect time for the Dawgs:
A home game against UMass is exactly what the doctor ordered… literally.
Georgia has at least five offensive lineman who are nursing some kind of injury. Umass not only gives Georgia a chance to play a lot of young guys, but also to give some guys some desperately needed rest.
It should also give the coaching staff an extra couple of practices to work on Georgia Tech’s option game, and to start peeking ahead to Alabama.