UGA offensive coordinator Jim Chaney is heading to join Jeremy Pruitt and his staff at Tennessee. Chaney is expected to keep the same role at Tennessee and this his second stint at Tennessee as the OC. He was the OC from 2009-2012 and was the interim head coach for the Vols last game in 2012.
The UGA offense this season under Chaney was 18th in the country in yards per a game(465.7) and 14th in the country in points per a game(37.9).
Stay tuned for further updates and an in depth view on the move.
The Georgia Bulldogs take on the Auburn Tigers at 7:00 in Sanford Stadium. The Bulldogs are favored by 13 points in this clash between number 5 and 24. Both teams have rebounded nicely in the last few weeks following their losses. After getting crushed in the Bayou against LSU, the Dawgs look like a brand new team with two straight ranked wins against Florida and Kentucky. The Tigers meanwhile have also won two straight after it looked like their season was headed towards disaster. Ones teams winning streak however will be snapped tonight.
Keys to the game:
The talented Auburn quarterback has been relatively inconsistent this season, with games ranging from good to horrendous. Recently though, Stidham has looked like he has gotten back to throwing the ball well, with 415 yards and 3 touchdowns in the last two weeks. Luckily for the Dawgs, the Auburn offensive lines has some holes, and the Dawgs pass rush has come alive. If they can get constant pressure to assist the secondary, Georgia should be able to keep Stidham and the Auburn offense in check.
Let Fromm keep rolling
After his poor performance in LSU game, many Dawgs fans called for freshman Justin Fields to take his job. However, Fromm turned it around with excellent performances against the Gators and Wildcats. The Dawgs should allow him to play his game and keep the offense rolling. If Fromm can keep up his recent work, the Dawgs should have no problem outscoring a mediocre Auburn offense.
“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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Kickoff: 4:00 PM ET
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.
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.