November 9, 2013
Don't bother bringing up Appalachian State's famous win over Michigan a few years back. As it turns out half of the Wolverines were high – that's a pretty good explanation of why a team the caliber of Michigan lost to Appalachian State.
Nonetheless, we will hear that drumbeat the week of the game.
Georgia wins this one going away.
Eagle player to watch:
Jackson stepped in at starter in week six in 2011, and impressed everyone with his dual-threat ability. He was 5-2 at the helm his first year and 8-4 last year. Jackson was also a major factor in App State ranking ninth in total offense among IAA schools with an average of 464 offensive yards per game.
Jackson, who earned All-America nominations, returns for his senior season with much confidence. He threw for 3,278 yards and 21 touchdowns a year ago while efficiently completing 66 percent of his passes. Jackson also churned out 328 yards and six touchdowns on the ground, becoming quite the comparable threat to App State running back Steven Miller. Miller will also pose a threat to Georgia when App State visits Athens on Nov. 9. He has a Gurley-esque physique and runs with great power. Miller additionally is a threat to catch the ball out of the backfield, and did so 34 times last year for 377 yards and four touchdowns.
What the Dawgs must do:
Use this game as a glorified scrimmage, which it is. Beyond anything else: stay healthy.
Inside the numbers:
This is not the run-first team that upset Michigan. The Mountaineers are now under the direction of Scott Satterfield, who last year as offensive coordinator coached the first 3,000-yard passer in school history (Jamal Jackson). App State was ninth in the nation last year in passing efficiency and ninth in total offense (464.4 yards per game).
Last year's prediction (vs. Georgia Southern):
Use this game as a glorified scrimmage, which it is.
Georgia pounded Southern, and got ready for Georgia Tech's triple option. Neither program stood in the way of the Dawgs for long.