Georgia defensive back Kelee Ringo (5), Georgia inside linebacker Nakobe Dean (17), Georgia outside linebacker Adam Anderson (19), Georgia inside linebacker Quay Walker (7), Georgia defensive back Christopher Smith (29), Georgia defensive lineman Nazir Stackhouse (78), Georgia defensive lineman Tramel Walthour (90) during the Bulldogs’ game against South Carolina in Athens, Ga., on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021. (Photo by Tony Walsh)
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Georgia football expected to drum Vanderbilt by 5 touchdowns in Music City

ATHENS — Georgia football opened as a 34.5-point favorite over Vanderbilt, per BetUS, but it’s almost a sure thing Kirby Smart could care less.

Smart, in fact, shared that the philosophy of the No. 2-ranked Bulldogs is to focus within, more so than on the opponents, when Georgia takes the field on game days.

“We don’t get into measuring ourselves against the opponents,” Smart said this week. “We measure ourselves against ourselves.”

Vanderbilt coach Clark Lea, meanwhile, said the Commodores (1-2) look forward to the opportunities playing a defense like Georgia presents.

“Their defense is about creating negative plays,” Lea said. “They do well controlling the line of scrimmage, they play aggressively, and they are multiple in their coverage concepts.

“So there are challenges, but there are also opportunities …. trying to design some space for us to get the ball to playmakers will all be a part of the formula.”

South Carolina coach Shane Beamer, whose team faces Kentucky coming off the 40-13 loss to UGA, explained what makes the Bulldogs a challenge.

“You may get them on something, but Kirby and his staff do such a great job, very rarely are you going to get them on the same thing twice,” Beamer said. “They do a great job of coaching them up.”

Beamer, of course, went viral after the last game when discussing how much talent Georgia has on the defensive side of the football.

WATCH: Epic Shane Beamer rant on Bulldogs 5-stars

Other SEC Games

LSU (-2.5) at Mississippi State

Tennessee at Florida (-20)

Texas A&M (-5.5) at Arkansas

Kentucky (-5.5) at South Carolina

Missouri (-1.5) at Boston College

Southern Miss at Alabama (-45.5)

LSU (-2.5) at Mississippi State

Georgia State at Auburn (-27.5)

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