The Bulldog Nation gets treated to a rare night home game against a non-conference opponent not named Georgia Tech when Florida Atlantic comes calling to pick up a $1 million check. If Howard Schnellenberger were still FAU’s head coach, this game would have a great story line of former quarterback meets his college head coach, but old Howard has retired to south Florida and been replaced by Bo Pelini’s brother, Carl. The most interesting story line of the night will happen before kick-off when UGA officially announces Russ as UGA IX in front of the Bulldog Nation (Students, that means it’s OK to arrive early).
When FAU Has the Ball
Sanders Commings and Chase Vasser make their 2012 debuts after 2-game suspensions for off-season arrests. Both men took responsibility for what happened and appear to be sorry for the trouble they caused for themselves and for the team. I assume Commings will start in the secondary at safety or corner depending on the availability of Bacarri Rambo. Vasser, on the other hand, may not start due to the play of Jordan Jenkins in the first couple of games but should play extensively opposite Jarvis Jones. FAU has scored 20 points in two games so far, and they haven’t seen a defense with the skill and speed of the Junkyard Dawgs. A reasonable goal for the defense would be fewer than 10 points and 300 yards allowed even if we empty the bench late in the 3rd and 4th quarters.
When Georgia Has the Ball
Tomorrow night I expect that we are going to see the dynamic duo of Todd Gurley & Keith Marshall run the ball effectively. One of them is going to make a big play that will take the breath away of the Sanford Stadium crowd. While the money for that likely goes to Gurley, I think Marshall is going to be the one to make the big play this week. He was so close against Buffalo, and I think he makes the last guy miss this time and takes one to the house. I’m very interested in the development of some of the younger offensive linemen this week as Will Friend tries to build some depth in game situations. I would like to see 45+ points on the board with 500+ yards of total offense as the goal for Saturday night.
What Will Happen
Similar to the Buffalo game, this one will never really be in doubt, and the only unknown is the final margin of victory. We need to make an emphatic point to the coaches and the media with a focused dismantling of an overmatched opponent. I think we get that on Saturday night because the team will have all day to get focused and ready to play rather than sleepwalking through a noon start. The Dawgs roll toward the two weeks to win the Tennessee state championship with a big win on Saturday night.
Final Score: Georgia 52, FAU 6