Georgia Bulldogs: A First Look

In search of their first SEC win, the Vanderbilt Commodores visit Georgia on Saturday. Here is a first look at the Bulldogs.


Georgia opened with a 33-24 win over North Carolina in Atlanta.  In that game the Bulldogs fell behind by 10 early but stormed back for a victory behind two Nick Chubb touchdowns.  After narrowly escaping an upset by FCS Nicholls State in week 2, 26-24, UGA needed a late touchdown to beat Missouri in Columbia, 28-27.   At 3-0, heading to Oxford to face Ole Miss things suddenly got really ugly.  The Bulldogs trailed 31-0 at the half and eventually lost 45-14.   The following week against Tennessee, Georgia led 17-0 early and held on to lead 31-28 with 10 seconds remaining in the game.  However, Tennessee's much-publicized Hail Mary pass lifted the lucky Vols over the Dawgs.  Most recently the Bulldogs defeated South Carolina 28-14 on Sunday in a game that was moved from Saturday because of Hurricane Matthew.  


Georgia is looking great on the injury/suspension front.  The Bulldogs have no players expected to miss the Vanderbilt game or even questionable for Vandy.  Nick Chubb played last week and seemed like his usual self.  Additionally, Georgia will have backup defensive end Jonathan Ledbetter available. He has completed his suspension just in time for Vandy. 


Vanderbilt has done well coming off losses under Derek Mason, winning almost half those games. Mason still hasn't won a SEC road game at Vandy.  The Commodores have been shaky in their punting game all season.  Opponents are obviously picking up on that so it's vital that the Commodores improve in that area in order to have a chance.  Blocked or muffed punts are disastrous and are good ways to blow possible wins.  Vandy might have a little advantage catching Georgia with one day less prep time due to playing South Carolina on Sunday because of Hurricane Matthew.  A lot of the questions for this game involve three of the top four running backs in the SEC. Two should be ready to go: Sony Michel and Nick Chubb.  The big question is Vandy's Ralph Webb, who was injured late in the Kentucky game.  Reports say Webb will play but he was limping awful badly after the UK game on Saturday.  Offensive lineman Delando Crooks and linebacker Nigel Bowden are both questionable for Saturday.  

Vandy and the Bulldogs will kick off at 11 am in Athens.  The Commodores last won there in 2006 when a Bryant Hahnfeldt field goal with two seconds remaining in the game earned Vandy a 24-22 stunner.  

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