Sony Michel (above) has rushed for 718 yards this season as a sophomore for the Georgia Bulldogs.
1. Who do you think will earn the start at quarterback for the Bulldogs? Could Auburn see four different guys take snaps?
Dean Legge: Four different guys will take a snap--Greyson Lambert, Brice Ramsey, Sony Michel and Terry Godwin. Lambert is ineffective at best; Ramsey is inexperienced; and Michel and Godwin are not true signal callers. The Bulldogs didn’t even bother to throw last week against Kentucky and wound up with fewer than 100 yards passing for only the fourth time in Mark Richt’s career.
2. What is the key to a Georgia victory this week at Auburn?
Dean Legge: Scoring touchdowns. This team went nearly a month without scoring a touchdown in October. The offense has been horrible of late - losing Nick Chubb on the first play of the game at Tennessee totally changed the ceiling for this season. If Georgia can run the ball effectively it can win. But relying on Lambert beat Auburn through the air seems very, very unlikely.
3. How is this Georgia offense different without Nick Chubb running the football?
Dean Legge: It is bad. They’ve had a difficult enough time throwing the ball this season with limited production at quarterback, but losing Chubb pretty much wrecked the season. It is the second season in a row where Georgia’s best player has been out for at least half a season. Chubb gave Georgia fighting chance to win the SEC East. Once he exited for the year the season was over.
4. Give us a player or two that could be under the radar heading into the game but may play a key role for the Bulldogs.
Dean Legge: Folks at Auburn probably don’t know about Dominick Sanders, but he’s a heck of a player in Georgia’s secondary. He had two interceptions last week against Kentucky and had a pick six earlier this year. Sanders is only a sophomore, but he’s one the leaders on the defense. The other guy to watch is new left tackle Isaiah Wynn. Georgia mixed up the offensive line to get more push in the running game last week. That resulted in a 300-yard game on the ground, but Carl Lawson is going to rush the passer like few guys Georgia has seen this season. If Wynn, who is young but pretty good, can hold his own Georgia will have a shot to win the contest.
Dominick Sanders has 35 tackles and four interceptions for the Bulldogs.
5. How important is this game in the grand scheme of things for Mark Richt based on his strong history at Georgia?
Dean Legge: Any loss now results in a referendum on Richt’s future at Georgia. A win won’t get him much, but a loss will result in more calls for his head. I think the Georgia Tech game at the end of the month is much more critical for his future in my opinion. Losing a road conference game is one thing - losing to a low-level ACC foe (no matter Georgia’s situation) is going to set off fireworks in Athens.