MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – The Georgia Bulldogs are 6-0.
The other two times this century Georgia started with a 6-0 record was 2005 and 2002, and in both of those seasons Georgia won the SEC Championship. They’ll improve to 7-0 this Saturday, when Missouri comes to Athens. The Tigers are horrible and will have no chance. Not many teams will have a chance against this Georgia defense, but the best news of last week was the Georgia offense.
It wasn’t just that it scored 45 points against Vanderbilt. It was how they did it. Georgia ran for 423 yards against the Commodores, with Sony Michel getting 150 yards and Nick Chubb 138. The offensive line has vastly improved for Georgia since week one. Lamont Gaillard, the new starting center, seems to be getting better by the week, and he leads the way. Jake Fromm continues to play well, and the coaches are still not putting too much on him. They don’t have to with the running game playing so well. But at some point – maybe against Auburn on November 11th – Fromm will be asked to help Georgia win a game.
If this offense continues to improve, and if the defense plays at the level it has the last three games, you tell me – who will beat this Georgia team? If defense wins championships, Georgia is going to win something this season. Again, the Auburn game should be a war. It’s going to be a huge challenge. And whether we like it or not, the Florida game will still be tough. It always is, and even with Florida’s problems, we shouldn’t expect it not to be a challenge in a few weeks.
Some could say Georgia hasn’t played anyone really good, and that might be the case. But they have stopped Brandon Wimbush, the impressive Notre Dame quarterback. We thought Mississippi State quarterback Nick Fitzgerald would do something when he came to Athens. He was stopped cold. Then Tennessee running back John Kelly came into the Georgia game as the SEC’s leading rusher. He did nothing. So, the challenges the Georgia defense have had so far have been met. This is an elite defense with a great chance for a special season.
We’ll see a month from now how great their chances are for something historic, but to see the Georgia offense really click is exciting. Head coach Kirby Smart raved about his offensive line after the Vanderbilt game, and that’s the best news all season.
So enjoy this last warmup this Saturday against Missouri. After this game, Georgia’s real season – and their chance to prove they are a legit championship contender – will begin.