Georgia moved back to the number one team in the nation according to the latest AP Poll. My opinion is if you win the national title you should automatically be #1 for the next year’s preseason poll until after game one, then see where the team should be. The team you beat in the national title game shouldn’t be ranked one, and especially not above the champion. But what do I know, I’m just a writer. I understand that players transfer, graduate, move to NFL, and it’s all about recruiting, but still doesn’t make sense to me. All the new recruits and existing players had to prove themselves and I believe they have after game two.
But one thing I do know is the Georgia Bulldogs are 2-0, manhandled the #11 team Oregon Ducks in the nation as of game one and crushed Samford in game two. The other top statistic to know is the Bulldogs are the only college football team not to surrender a touchdown in two games. They gave up a field goal to Oregon and kept Samford scoreless. Last year the Bulldogs only allowed 13 touchdowns the entire season. Ponder that for a moment and tell me that’s not a dominant defense. We were all wondering if after recruiting and after Dan Lanning left to coach Oregon, would the team be as dominant as last year? The question has been answered that so far after two games, they might be more dominant under Will Muschamp.
Game Notes Versus Samford
Scheduling FCS schools always puts a scare in me when Georgia schedules these games. For one, Georgia mostly wins, but two, Georgia doesn’t play their best and this is when mistakes come to front. First team dominated sprinkling in reserves mostly in the second half. Tackling is always fundamental and gets sloppy with these lesser teams. How well Notre Dame, Texas A&M knows as Appalachian State and Marshall beat both last Saturday. But back to our game. Yes, there are things that need to be cleaned up, but the defense still didn’t allow a touchdown and the offense scored 33 points.
Quarterback Stetson Bennett played into the third quarter and still looked as efficient as ever with the command of the ball and game. In two games Bennett has yet to play in the fourth quarter. He is now in Heisman talks, which is surprising to me, but I’m glad. Bennett threw 24-34 for 300 yards and one touchdown. Leading the way in rushing was RB Kendall Milton with 85 yards while his running mate Kenny McIntosh led the way in receiving yards with 61 on 5 receptions. Other key stats on the game were Georgia had 479 total yards while Samford had 128. Georgia had 25 first downs to Samford’s 3 first downs.
I do not like these type games where a FCS team plays a Power Five team. It’s mostly a blowout win by the Power Five team except for the rare occasion as mentioned above with Notre Dame and Texas A&M both getting beat last weekend by FCS schools.
The NCAA should take away these games and add another conference game or schedule another Power Five team to play. But it is also a good payday for these FCS schools and you just never know what might happen. Georgia paid Samford close to $1.5 million dollars to come and play at Sanford Stadium.
Next Game: Georgia now travels to Columbia to face off against the South Carolina Gamecocks. Game time set for 12:00pm EST on ESPN.
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