Can you smell the roses?

“Humble yourself,” Georgia linebacker Davin Bellamy shouted towards Heisman winner Baker Mayfield after the Bulldogs overcame the hard fought battle Monday against Oklahoma in the Rose Bowl winning 54-48.

With 2nd down and 12 yards to go in 2OT, Georgia sets up the Wildcat formation and RB Sony Michel burst his way to the end-zone to move the Bulldogs one step closer to the promise land for the first time in since 1980.

 

Just a few plays before that Georgia’s DE Lorenzo Carter steps up big in blocking the Oklahoma Kicker’s Field Goal attempt which swung the momentum to the Bulldogs on their game winning series.

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But lets take a step back and remember what got the Bulldogs to this point.

Oklahoma’s Offense seemed to find their groove early after getting a stop on the defensive end and quickly scoring the first Touchdown of the Rose Bowl.

However, Georgia came right back at the Sooners and scored seven for themselves to even things up and from there on, fans knew this was going to be a shootout.

Oklahoma jumped to a comfortable 31-14 lead just seconds before the first half ended  and it seemed like the Sooners had full control of this game.

However, with just a few seconds left Oklahoma squib kicks to the Bulldogs and they recover it quickly and run one play thats puts them in field goal range.

From 55-yards deep Rodrigo Blankenship also known as “Hot Rod” with no hesitation boots in the Field Goal to cut the lead to 31-17 heading into halftime and from there on things went up hill for the Bulldogs.

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Georgia found themselves ahead 38-31 but couldn’t add on to the lead which led to Baker Mayfield marching down field again to tie the game up 38-38.

The bulldogs looked to take the lead back and continued to use the run game. Sony Michel ran to the outside trying to find a hole and gets hit hard by a Sooner which caused him to fumble. The ball was picked up and taken to the house to put the Sooners up 45-38 late in the fourth quarter.

With the last drive it was all on true-freshman Quarterback Jake Fromm. Looking as composed as ever Fromm, lead the Bulldogs down the field and handed it off to Nick Chubb who runs it in to send the Rose Bowl to overtime for the first time in College Playoff history.

The Running Back duo of the Bulldogs Michel and Chubb ran for a combined 326 rushing yards, five Touchdowns on 25 carries.

Jake Fromm showed that he isn’t afraid of the spotlight completing 20-29 of his passes for 210 yards and two touchdowns.

The Bulldogs were able to celebrate Monday Night but have to forget about their hard fought win fast as they will face Alabama next Monday.

Alabama has the advantage over the Bulldogs in head-to-head meetings 38-25. But for the first time Nick Saban will have to face his former assistant Kirby Smart. The Crimson Tide comes in to this National Championship game after handling the number 1 seeded Tigers 24-6 in the Sugar Bowl.

Concerns are raised as Georgia had to go through a emotional battle to get to this game will they be ready and able to bounce back in just a week against an experienced Nick Saban team?

Knowing this team and Kirby Smart, Georgia will be more than ready and prepared for the battle.

The Bulldogs have waited a long time to get back to the National Championship and a lot of their student-athletes came back their Senior years for this moment.

The National Championship game will be played in newly built Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia next Monday at 8.pm.

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SEC Championship Preview

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Running back Nick Chubb is stopped by Auburn’s defense (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Georgia takes on Auburn with a playoff spot on the line.

On Saturday, December 2nd, the 11-1 Georgia Bulldogs will battle the 10-2 Auburn Tigers in the SEC Championship. The matchup will be the second time the two SEC rivals will face each other season; the first was a blowout win for Auburn at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

How They Got Here

Georgia started out the year 9-0 before Auburn dominated them in their tenth game. Due to their schedule, Georgia’s only win over a legitimate contender this season was a victory in Notre Dame early in the year. For the most part, the Bulldogs dominated their competition with an elite run game that wore down their opponents and took pressure off freshman quarterback Jake Fromm. Fromm has also shown ability (in limited opportunity with the running game being as good as it is) as a playmaker who can throw the ball accurately great distances down the field.

Auburn lost early in the season in a close contest in Clemson. They then proceeded to go on a four game winning streak before they blew a large lead and lost on the road in LSU. At that point, many analysts as well as fans dismissed them from the college football playoff conversation. However, since the LSU loss, Auburn has come roaring back to life. They had two easy victories over SEC west opponents before completely dominating Georgia on November 1st. Two weeks later, Auburn would earn a fairly comfortable win in the Iron Bowl against the then-undefeated Alabama Crimson Tide in order to book a ticket to the SEC Championship for a rematch with the Dawgs.

Keys for Both Teams

Georgia

1. Contain Auburn’s Front 7

In the loss to Auburn earlier this year, Georgia’s offensive line was bullied by Auburn’s dominating defensive line for the majority of the game. This allowed Auburn to contain Georgia’s running game, leading to a lack of balance on offense for the Bulldogs. It will be crucial in this game for Georgia’s offensive line to at least be competitive with Auburn’s front 7 in order to allow the run game to be effective.

2. Jake Fromm’s Playmaking

Although Georgia’s running game will likely be at least somewhat better than it was the last time they played Auburn, it still probably won’t be as effective as it has been against some of the weaker defenses that Georgia played this season. Because of this, quarterback Jake Fromm will need to create plays outside the pocket as he will surely be hurried by Auburn’s defense throughout the game. Fromm, who took over for Jacob Eason after an injury and has remained in the starting lineup ever since, has not been forced to make many plays on his own this season. The SEC Championship will be a great opportunity for him to prove himself.

Auburn

1. Kerryon Johnson’s Health

Auburn has been without its primary running back, Kamryn Pettway, for most of the season. However, another elite Auburn running back, Kerryon Johnson, has also had health concerns over the past few weeks. Johnson was forced to leave the Iron Bowl last week with a shoulder injury and his status for the SEC Championship is still up in the air. Johnson, who torched Georgia last time they played, has been a significant part of Auburn’s offensive attack since Pettway’s injury so it will be vital for Auburn to find other playmaking options if Johnson is unable to play.

2. Play of Jarrett Stidham

Auburn’s quarterback Jarrett Stidham has been riding a hot streak lately and will look to continue his solid play against Georgia. Stidham has shown that he can win big games, as proven by his victory in the Iron Bowl, but the SEC Championship will undoubtedly be the biggest stage of his career, along with Jake Fromm. While Georgia’s front seven may not be quite as dominant as Auburn’s, it is still one of the best in the country and Stidham will have to be up to the challenge of staying concentrated even when he is forced outside the pocket.

TV Info

Kickoff: 4:00 PM ET
TV: CBS

Prediction

Both of these teams have had great years and it’s possible that if they weren’t playing each other, then both could find a way to make it into the Playoff. However, it is likely that only the winner of this game will be able to compete for a championship this season.

While Georgia’s running game has been among the best in the country for the whole season, Auburn boasts a defense that is capable of shutting it down. I think Georgia’s defense will eventually be worn out by Auburn’s uptempo offense, especially if Johnson is able to go, and in the end Auburn will be able to make more plays down the stretch of what will be a close game.

SCORE PREDICTION: Auburn 24, Georgia 17.

Jackson Stone

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UGA Escapes 24-10 Against the Cocks

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Georgia pulls off the SEC nail biter.

The Bulldogs of Georgia after being set at #1 in the country look to stay alive in CFB playoff race.

They hosted the Gamecocks of South Carolina in Athens to keep their undefeated streak going. The Dawgs pulled out a tough 24-10 win to move to 9-0 on the season. The Gamecocks played disciplined and fundamentally sound defense although they did not pull out the win.

The defense came out stout as it’s been all season and held the USC offense to an early three and out. The Cocks missed the ensuing Field Goal and Georgia took over. The Dawgs opened up the drive with several passes to move the ball down field. Terry Godwin fumbled a pass across the middle on the 10 yard line to give the ball back to South Carolina.

The defense held south Carolina to another three and out and a punt. The Dawgs then scored on an 8 yard Touchdown run by Sony Michel to make the game 7-0.

South Carolina did not give up hope, they got their offense the ball and they trucked down field. They scored on a 12 yard back shoulder Touchdown pass to B. Edwards to make the score 7-7. The Dawgs charged back with the ball and answered with a 10 yard Touchdown pass from Jake Fromm to Javon Wims. J. Reed picked the ball off before the half to stop a drive forced by South Carolina. 14-7 was the score at halftime.

Later in the 3rd after driving the ball down field after second half kickoff, Jake Fromm threw a 20 yard Touchdown pass to Mecole Hardaman. The score is now 21-7 with the Dawgs on top and looking to finish out the game. Headed to the end of the 3rd quarter the Gamecocks got in field goal position to make the score 21-10 going into the fourth. The very hungry defense of South Carolina tried hard to stop the rush game of the Dawgs but in the end it was to much.

The dawgs kicked a game clinching field goal after a three and out to make the lead go up to 14. The Gamecocks got yet another opportunity to score and close in on the dawgs. Late in the game J. Bentley threw a game ending interception to Malcolm Parrish to claim the win for the Dawgs.

Jake Fromm threw 16-22 for 196 yards and two touchdowns. Nick Chubb had 20 carries for 102 yards and led all Runningbacks on offense. Sony Michel had a rushing Touchdown. Terry Godwin led all receivers with three receptions for 53 yards. Wims and Hardaman both had touchdown receptions.

The defense played as stout as any team in the country would at #1 only allowing 10 points from South Carolina. The the defense forced two turnovers with interceptions and never let the run game get going. Roquan Smith led the defense with nine total tackles and seven solo tackles. He also had 1.5 tackles for loss. The defense as a whole had two total sacks and almost a sack for a safety.

The Dawgs travel to Auburn Alabama next weekend to face the hungry Tigers of Auburn. The Dawgs look to stay undefeated and stay at the top in the College Football Playoffs Rankings.

Antonio Smith | @__Tonio1k

Recap: UGA Steamrolls Florida

 

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UGA had their way with the Gators on Saturday.

Coming off a much needed bye week, the Georgia Bulldogs looked forward to a tough SEC matchup. The Dawgs played the Gators of Florida Saturday afternoon in Jacksonville looking to keep their undefeated season alive. They pulled out a convicing victory against Florida 42-7 to move to 8-0.

Also of note, Penn State ended up losing 39-38 to Ohio State. Georgia could move up to the number two spot in the nation.

The dawgs got off to a hot start with a 21-0 first quarter. Sony Michel, who had six carries for 137 yards and two touchdowns scored first drive on a 74 yard TD run. The defense pulled a three and out and Georgia’s Nick Chubb rushed for a goal line touchdown.

With the Dawgs up 14-0, the defense pulled out an interception and the offense drove again to score a 17 yard touchdown pass from Fromm to Wims to put dawgs up 21-0.

Sony Michel rushed for another 45 yard touchdown at the beginning of the second half to put dawgs up 28-0. Elijah Holyfield scored the last offensive touchdown for the dawgs with a 39 yard touchdown run to close out the game for the dawgs.

Florida scored in the end of the 4th quarter with a one yard touchdown run from Mark Thompson.

The defense for the Bulldogs look as stout as any other weekend this season pitching a shut out for 3 full quarters. Lorenzo Carter led the Georgia defense with nine total tackles, a sack, and a tackle for loss. The dawgs combined for a total of five sacks and eight tackles for loss.

The Dawgs wouldn’t allow the Florida offense to get the run game going. Also let Feleipe Frank struggled to get any passes off to his receivers.

JR. Reed recovered a lost fumble from Feleipe Frank and ran it back for a five yard touchdown scoop and score.

UGA now looks forward to hosting the Gamecocks of South Carolina at Sanford Stadium next weekend.

 

Antonio Smith | @__tonio1k

Recap: Dawgs Blitz Tigers 53-28

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Dawgs pull out shootout battle to remain top contenders.

The Georgia Bulldogs hosted the Missouri Tigers Saturday at Sanford Stadium. The Dawgs went into this matchup 6-0 for the first time since 2005 and ranked #4 in the country.  In a blowout win the Dawgs went to 7-0. Many thought this game would be a shootout with each team matching each other’s touchdowns in the first quarter.

Mizzou tied the game 21-21 in the second quarter. Once they got the ball back, Lock threw a interception to Dominick Sanders. Sanders passed Kirby Smart for 3rd all time school history in interceptions with 14.

The offense started off hot as usual with a jet sweep to Mecole Hardaman for a 35 yard touchdown. Mizzou scored on a shuffle pass to the tight end to tie the game. Fromm comes back with a 19 yard touchdown pass to Riley Ridley to make it 14-7. Lock throws a 63 yard touchdown pass to E. Hall to tie the game 14-14. Georgia then gets the ball back and Sony Michel breaks for a 36 yard touchdown run.

Georgia up 21-14 gives the ball back to Mizzou and Lock throws another 63 yard touchdown pass to E. Hall again. Ties game at 21-21

The first quarter ends and the second quarter begins, Georgia gets the ball back and gets three points out the possession. Mizzou gets the ball back and Georgia’s defense finally responds with a interception by Dominick Sanders. Jake Fromm then runs for a 4 yard touchdown to put Georgia up 31-21. To end the half Blankenship kicked another field goal to put the dawgs up 34-21.

Freshman D’andre Swift had him a break out game with six carries for 94 yards with his longest being a 71 yard breakaway run. He led all backs in this game in rush yards. Sony Michel was the second top back with nine carries for 86 yards and two touchdowns. The offense broke a school record with 700 total offensive yards against the Tigers.

Lock throws his last touchdown in the 4th quarter for 27 yards for a touchdown to J. Reese. Georgia gets the ball back and scores its final touchdown pass to Mecole Hardaman for 59 yards.

The defense with a scarce first half of football getting beat deep down field for two touchdowns. Sanders then stop the bleeding with a interception. The defense came out in the second half and dominated the Tigers with a host of 3 and outs. 28 points is the most points put up on Georgia defense this season.

Linebacker Roquan Smith led the Uga defense with 8 solo tackles.

The Dawgs look forward to a much needed bye week to rest up and game plan for the Florida gators in two weeks. The Dawgs win 53-28 to go 7-0 and continue their road to Mercedes Benz Stadium for the SEC championship.

Antonio Smith

@__Tonio1k

Dawgs Demolish Vandy 45-14

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Georgia’s undefeated ships keeps sailing.

The Bulldogs went on the road Saturday Afternoon to face the Vanderbilt Commodores in a SEC match. The Dawgs looked forward to giving a bit of payback to the team that shocked them between the hedges a season ago. The Bulldogs were on a mission kept their undefeated streak going with a 45-14 win over the commodores.

This time around, UGA controlled the game from start to finish.

The Bulldogs opened the game up with a three and out from their stingy defense. They then scored their first seven on the first offensive possession with a 33 yard touchdown run from Nick Chubb. The defense then forced another three and out and scored again with a five yard touchdown pass to Dandre Swift. After another three and out by the defense, Georgia went up 21-0 with a 14 yard touchdown run by Nick Chubb.

Right before halftime, Vanderbilt scored their first touchdown with a one yard run from Ralph Webb.

After halftime it was nothing but the Bulldogs until late in the 4th quarter after the starters were sidelined. The offense scored 21 unanswered points in the second half before Vandy scored their second touchdown. Fresh out of halftime, Fromm threw a deep shot 47 yard touchdown pass to Terry Godwin to put the dawgs back up by 21 points.

After a three and out by the vicious Georgia defense, Sony Michel broke loose for a 50 yard touchdown run to put the dawgs up 28 points.

RB Elijah Holyfield and and kicker Rodrigo Blankenship scored the last couple of points for the dawgs. Holyfield with a 15 yard touchdown run and Blankenship with a 27 yard field goal.

The defense again was as stout as it’s been for the past weeks. With three players missing on defense and two of them being starters, the Georgia defense didn’t miss a beat. Georgia held Vanderbilt to only 64 yards rushing and 172 yards receiving. Leading tackler Roquan Smith led the defense with seven solo tackles, a PBU, and a tackle for loss in the Georgia win.

The offense sold their tickets for this game and next weekends game but the defense fought like this game was a championship.

The Dawgs are now looking to keep their undefeated streak going next weekend against the Tigers of Mizzou. The Bulldogs host Missouri Saturday 7:30 PM at Sanford Stadium on SECN.

Antonio Smith

@__Tonio1k

Georgia Lands Yet Another Five-Star Recruit

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Has Georgia’s and Dawg Nation prayers been answered?

Friday morning, Bulldog Nation and the college football world received a surprise. The number one recruit in the ESPN 300, QB Justin Fields released his commitment for the next four years. Fields has intrigued the eyes and thoughts of many college coaches because everyone wants this QB. Justin had over 40 offers from schools around the country but only one could be chosen.

Fields had previously brought his recruiting process down to four schools: LSU, Florida State, Auburn, and Georgia.

The college football world and Bulldog Nation just received the best recruit in high school football. Many wonder could this be the answer to the National Championship questions buzzed around Georgia. The elusiveness, skill, and Football IQ of Fields causes him to be the best QB in the Nation but also a game changer at the next level.

The 6’3 210 pound QB looks nothing short of amazing from his arm and accuracy, to his vision, to his Lamar Jackson type leaps over players.

So far in his career, Fields has 375 pass attempts with 244 completions for 3,744 passing yards and 35 touchdowns. Fields averages 220 yards per game and has only seven total interceptions. The sounds of these stats sounds like a top tier QB who accepts nothing but greatness out of himself. Fields could bring versatility and another threat to the Georgia offense with his arms and feet. In the past few years, it seems as though the mobile and elusive QB play style gets you Heisman’s and National Championships.

When you can have dynamic Running Backs in the back field, on top of dynamic Wide Receivers and a QB who can execute in and out of the pocket, you can beat almost anybody.

Adding Justin Fields to this vicious scoring offense could add more worry and game planning in opponents heads come game-day. Many QB’s like Jalen Hurts, Marcus Mariota, Cam Newton, Lamar Jackson, etc are prime examples of what elusive and mobile QB play can achieve late in the season. Not to say that you can’t win a championship with a premier pocket passer but the game is changing. With a mobile and elusive QB, you can have a lot of success with a power run game and a great receiving pass game.

Only time will tell what this 6’3 210  pound Senior Quarterback can provide for the Dawgs once he touches campus. This commit is just another major addition to the 2018 recruiting class for the Georgia Bulldogs. They have the #1 running back in the nation in Zamir White, Four-star defensive end Caleb Tannor from Lithonia Ga, and Four-Star Cornerback Chris Smith from Atlanta, with a host of other Four-Star recruits. It looks as though this is a game changing commit for the dawgs and can only attract more four or five stars to the depth of the Bulldogs roster.

Antonio Smith

@__Tonio1k