5 Thoughts On The Belk Bowl

Recap, 5 Thoughts and what's next for each team in the Belk Bowl...

Dec. 30 Belk Bowl
Georgia 37, Louisville 14

And You Care Because … Nick Chubb and the Georgia running game took over as he ran for 269 yards and two touchdowns, tearing off big run after big run including an 82-yard dash. The two teams traded first quarter touchdown passes with Georgia’s Hutson Mason finding Chris Conley for a 45-yard score, and Louisville’s Kyle Bolin connecting with Gerald Christian for a 12-yard score, and then it was all Bulldogs with Marshall Morgan hitting field goals from 41 and 22 yards out and Chubb running for a 31-yard score and Sony Michel running it in from two yards to go up 27-7. Louisville tried to stay alive with a six-yard Brandon Radcliff touchdown run, but it was all Chubb and the running game the rest of the way to close it out.
What Else? Georgia RB Nick Chubb ran 33 times for 269 yards and two scores
- Louisville QB Kyle Bolin completed 20-of-40 passes for 301 yards and a score with two picks. Louisville WR DeVante Parker caught eight passes for 120 yards
- Georgia QB Huston Mason completed 10-of-15 passes for 148 yards and a touchdown before getting knocked out of the game. Brice Ramsey completed 4-of-9 passes for 51 yards with a pick.
- Third down conversions: Georgia 12-of-19 – Louisville 6-of-14
Game Rating: C

By Pete Fiutak
1. Nick Chubb might not be the home run hitter Todd Gurley was, and he might not be a bouncing back who can get outside, but he showed against Louisville what a pinball he is when it comes to trying to wrap him up and bring him down – that’s great when you’re young. Chubb’s running style screams SHORT SHELF LIFE, and now it’s up to the Georgia coaching staff to spend a bulk of this offseason figuring out how not to overuse its soon-to-be-Heisman-hyped star. Give the Bulldogs credit for lining up and blasting away throughout the game when it had to, and give them the props for keeping the offense moving despite the loss of Hutson Mason, but now Chubb gets the next nine months to rest up and relax. 33 carries for 269 yards and two touchdowns was great for a bowl game, but don’t ask him to do that every week – even if it’s going to be very, very tempting.

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4. What’s next for Louisville
The first step will be to settle the quarterback situation with Reggie Bonnafon and Kyle Bolin both young and both looking to fight it out for the starting job this offseason. The running game is in good hands with Brandon Radcliff, but the line needs work with three starters gone. Star receiver DeVante Parker is nearly impossible to replace, and Eli Rogers and Matt Milton are gone, too. James Quick returns, but five of the top six receivers are gone.

There’s enough talent and depth to be okay across the defensive board. Two starters have to be replaced on the defensive line, and LB Lorenzo Mauldin is gone, but the top four tacklers are back including linebackers Keith Kelsey and James Burgess. The secondary welcomes back SS James Sample, but good luck replacing the interception production of Gerod Holliman, who’s taking off early to the NFL. P Ryan Johnson is done, but solid PK John Wallace is back.

5. What’s next for Georgia
The focus of the offensive line will be on replacing mainstay C David Andrews and RT Kolton Houston, but there’s enough talent to be fine overall to pave the way for Nick Chubb and the running game. The receiving corps loses Michael Bennett and Chris Conley, needing Reggie Davis, Kenneth Towns and others to step up. Who’s going to throw them the ball? Is Sony Michel ready to be the full-time guy, and can he hold off super-recruit pocket passer Jacob Eason?

The defensive front loses end Ray Drew and tackle Mike Thornton, but there are several good prospects coming back on the front seven including linebacker Leonard Floyd. However, Amarlo Herrera and Ramik Wilson are gone, and Jordan Jenkins is destined to leave early for the NFL. The secondary that was so young comes back loaded, losing S Damian Swann but getting everyone else back. The punting game has to be better with Collin Barber needing to get over the 40-yard mark, while PK Marshall Morgan has to be a bit stronger.

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