Georgia football-Stetson Bennett-Instagram-College Football Playoff
Dawgs quarterback Stetson Bennett was named MVP of the SEC Championship game. (Jason Getz/AJC)
Jason Getz

What social media is saying about Georgia football-Ohio State College Football Playoff matchup

Georgia now knows who it will play in the College Football Playoff, as the Bulldogs drew the Ohio State Buckeyes.

This will be the first time the two teams have met since the 1993 Citrus Bowl, a game that Kirk Herbstreit played in.

The Bulldogs are coming off a 50-30 win over LSU, wrapping up a 13-0 regular season for the first time in program history. Ohio State meanwhile lost 45-23 in its last outing, which came against Michigan. The Wolverines will play TCU in the other College Football Playoff semifinal.

Related: Kirby Smart reacts to CFP pairing with Ohio State, ‘it’s about who plays better’

Ohio State has a potent passing offense, led by quarterback CJ Stroud and wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. One of the big talking points will be how Georgia’s secondary plays, as the Bulldogs gave up 502 passing yards to LSU on Saturday. That is the most ever in a game against a Kirby Smart defense.

Some of that was dictated by the way the game played out — Georgia led 35-10 at halftime — but the Bulldogs know they will have a month to help rectify some of the defensive issues from the LSU game.

“Football’s a tough, hard sport. Our guys embrace challenges,” Georgia coach Kirby Smart said. “So I think they’ll embrace the challenge of getting better. You can’t say you’re going to go work on one thing because then you’ll be giving up on some other things. We need to work on a lot of things.

“Our guys understand as the year goes on, teams tackle poorly, teams cover poorly. Defense usually deteriorates. That’s not the culture here. It won’t be accepted or tolerated, so we got to fix it.”

Related: Kirby Smart on Georgia football defensive performance: ‘It won’t be accepted or tolerated’

Offensively, Georgia shined once again as the Bulldogs put up 50 points. Georgia likely could’ve scored more, as Stetson Bennett attempted just five second-half pass attempts.

This offense has been at its best against top competition, as Georgia is averaging 43.8 points per game against ranked opponents this season.

That Georgia once again gets to play in Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which should help the Bulldogs. Georgia is 2-0 in the building this season and has a real comfort playing in Atlanta.

“You can make an argument that we all play better in this stadium. I think our fans do a tremendous job being there for us,” Georgia offensive lineman Sedrick Van Pran said. “Just having that energy and having the crowd on your side, it gives you a different edge. It pushes you forward, makes you want go a little bit harder.”

Naturally, Georgia and Ohio State fans were already chomping at the bit to see this game played. These are two of the top teams in the sport, with both having won a national championship in the College Football Playoff era.

The Bulldogs will be looking to go back-to-back, while Ohio State is back in the College Football Playoff for the first time since 2020.

NextAnonymous coach shares thoughts on Georgia football offensive stars …
Leave a Comment