Danielson: Gurley the Key

CBS college football analyst Gary Danielson breaks down Georgia's game with Auburn.

(On Gus Malzahn)
I don't think there is anybody in college football who is as adept at grabbing a play in a needed situation for their offense than Gus Malzahn. This is basically the same offense he's been running since he coached high school. When an opportunity unveils itself, he knows exactly how to attack it.

(Keys to Auburn-Georgia)
The unknown is can Auburn stop Todd Gurley to get enough possessions? If Georgia is able to run the ball, it will really cut down Auburn's number of plays and keep their high-tempo offense on the sidelines. Georgia has the athletes on defense to match-up with Auburn. Against Auburn it's important to have athletes who can redirect and make tackles in space. Georgia's problems on defense so far have been from lack of veteran play. In this game I would exchange veteran experience for more athletic play. Auburn's path to victory is throwing the ball, which they haven't done a lot lately. Nick Marshall can throw it. If Georgia stops their run game and the Tigers hit two or three big passes, the game could get away very fast.

(On big wins by Alabama and Stanford)
The biggest lesson from last week is that the advantages of spread, speed and up-tempo offense all can be neutralized with power. Both Stanford and Alabama served notice that there are no shortcuts to winning. You still have to block, tackle and be physical at the point of attack.

(On Alabama-LSU Turning Point)
Everybody points to the fake punt as the determining play of the game. It was an important play, but I thought the determining point of the game was Alabama's defensive series following Odell Beckham's kick-off return in the fourth quarter. LSU was down 14 points and had the ball on the Alabama 18 yard line. Alabama might have then had the best four down defensive series at all levels, defensive line, linebacker, safety and corner, of any team this year. Those four plays, when LSU could have pulled within seven points and put the pressure on Alabama, was the determining point of the game.

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