Cover 4: What is the big edge Georgia football will have against Notre Dame?
DawgNation has four staffers who cover Georgia football from every angle: Beat, live streams, photos, podcasts, recruiting, etc. The “Cover 4” concept is: 1) Present a topic; 2) Offer a reasoned response; 3) Share a brisk statement to support the informed opinion. 4) Pepper the page with photos for the big picture. For this edition, we discuss a big perceived weakness for the Bulldogs to exploit on Saturday against Notre Dame.
DawgNation continues with the “Cover 4” concept. It was a regular in our story rotation in 2018.
We have four staffers who cover UGA athletics on a full-time basis. It means the focus shifts to a timely “Cover 4” look with each of our guys manning the secondary here.
The quick in-and-out game remains. These takes are designed to come out quicker than former Bulldog Mecole Hardman Jr. ran the 40 at the NFL combine.
The latest “Cover 4” question of the regular season is:
What is the big advantage UGA has on Notre Dame?
Brandon Adams: The overall talent level
The “why” from “DawgNation Daily” here: “UGA’s four recruiting classes under Kirby Smart have ranked sixth, third, first and second. Over that same span, Notre Dame has been 15th, 10th, 10th and 16th. That huge disparity is the biggest reason why the game shouldn’t be close.”
Mike Griffith: Line of scrimmage
The “why” from “On the Beat” here: “Georgia’s offensive line has been well documented, and while the Bulldogs’ defensive line isn’t as celebrated, it’s as deep, and staying fresh is a factor.“
Connor Riley: Georgia’s ability to run the football
The “why” from “Good Day UGA” here: “Notre Dame’s rush defense has been less than stellar to start the season, giving up an average of 230 yards a game. That’s a real good recipe to get absolutely throttled by the likes of D’Andre Swift, Brian Herrien, Zamir White and James Cook.“
Jeff Sentell: Players.
The Intel here: “Notre Dame is a very well-coached team so this will come down to players. Not plays. The blue-chip ratio has UGA with 76 signees over the last four cycles who carried a 4-or 5-star rating. Notre Dame has also signed 50 of those. The bigger tell is the 5-star guys. The Bulldogs have signed 18. Notre Dame? It did not sign a 5-star over the last four cycles.“
The 2019 season “Cover 4” topics so far:
- Which Bulldogs have really opened our eyes after two games?
- The most improved Bulldog since last season is ….
- A few big non-score predictions for Georgia-Vanderbilt
- Which returning Bulldogs impressed the most in fall camp?
- The players set to become the new fan favorites for 2019 are ….
- What will convince you the Bulldogs are throwing the ball more this fall?
- What kind of numbers will D’Andre Swift put up in 2019?
- Jake Fromm’s best quality? The Cover 4 crew chops that one up
- DawgNation Nickel: What was the alarming trend coming out of spring ball in Athens?