Troy Week: Kendall's Three Keys

ATHENS - Josh Kendall's three keys for Georgia's game with Troy.

Hold onto the ball

Georgia will be put to the test in the turnover department. The Bulldogs lead the nation, having turned the ball over just six times this year, but Troy has forced 158 turnovers since 2001, more than all but 12 teams in the country.

Play sharply

Georgia needs to not only win today but to come out of the game feeling good about itself. That means playing at or near its potential so it can know the Florida game was not a fluke.

Stay healthy

In truth, Georgia could lose this game and it would mean nothing in the SEC race. What would mean something would be a critical injury, say to Moreno or an offensive linemen. The Bulldogs need to get their starters off the field when they can.

One to watch

Safety Reshad Jones will start with Kelin Johnson sidelined because of a knee injury. Jones has been a backup all year but still is second on the team with 43 tackles. Jones was one of the nation's most highly recruited players two years ago, but he redshirted last year. Now that he's getting his chance to play, he's not surprised to be making plays, he said. "I'd guess I'd say this is what I expected," he said. "I'm a player. I've been doing it all my life."

Forecast

Troy is on a six-game winning streak after dropping its first two games of the season to Arkansas and Florida. The Trojans beat Oklahoma State as bad or maybe even worse than Georgia did, and they have some NFL talent. Still, this is a Sun Belt team, and Georgia should win. This doesn't have to be a blowout to serve the Bulldogs' purpose. Georgia needs to start fast, maintain the confidence it built against Florida and start worrying about Auburn. If Haugabook doesn't play, and it would be silly to play him if there is any question about his health, this will be a blowout.

Winner: Georgia


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