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Kirby Smart has Georgia as the No. 2 team in the country.

ESPN continues to praise Georgia after another dominant win

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ESPN is still very high on Georgia after another big week

Georgia cruised to another big win on Saturday, as has been the case for every Saturday so far this season.

But on Sunday, the AP Poll saw Georgia get slotted above Clemson for the first time, as the Bulldogs now sit at No. 2. And some folks at ESPN are beginning to see the same.

Adam Rittenberg and Mark Schlabach both ahead Georgia ahead of Clemson in their playoff picks, with Rittneberg having Georgia second, while Schlabach had Georgia third behind Ohio State. All four writers that were polled also had Georgia in the College Football Playoff.

Kirk Herbstreit, arguably the most well-known voice in college football, also put Georgia at No. 2. The ESPN analyst also had LSU, who Georgia faces on Oct. 13 as his No. 5 team.

Georgia did still come in third ESPN’s power rankings, which are done by Schlabach. But if the Bulldogs can pick up another impressive road win over Missouri this weekend, it will be just another impressive line to add to Georgia’s resume.

ESPN’s Heather Dinich also praised Georgia, as the offense continues to roll up points, especially how well the offense has played to start the season.

“Both quarterbacks — starting sophomore Jake Fromm and freshman Justin Fields — were extremely efficient, combining for only four incomplete passes and four touchdowns, and the running game continued to flourish by committee,” Dinich wrote. “Led by Elijah Holyfield’s 100 yards on eight carries, the Bulldogs averaged 8.3 yards per carry. Georgia travels to Missouri next week and then has back-to-back home games against Tennessee and Vanderbilt, respectively. The Bulldogs should be 6-0 heading into their first real test of the season, Oct. 13 at LSU.”

Georgia takes on Missouri at 12 p.m. this Saturday. The game can be seen on ESPN.

Sony Michel not thrilled about his return to Jacksonville

Prior to Sunday, the last time Sony Michel played in Jacksonville, Fla., he ran for 137 yards and two touchdowns on just 6 carries. His team, Georgia came away with a 42-7 win that day.

But Michel’s return to Jacksonville, this time as a member of the New England Patriots, did not go nearly as well. He finished the game with only 34 yards on 10 carries. The Patriots also lost 31-20, meaning the Michel is now 1-4 in his career in Jacksonville.

“Not enough. Not good enough to win a game,” Michel said on his performance, per NESN.com.

In fairness to the rookie running back, it was his first career game as he missed last week’s season-opener against the Houston Texans.

And while it might not have been Michel’s best performance, he does have the confidence of quarterback Tom Brady.

“Yeah, Sony always works hard, and he had a tough injury during camp and had some opportunities today, and he’ll learn from them,” Brady said after the game. “[He] ran hard when he had some chances. He’s got some great mentors in James White and Rex [Burkhead]—those guys to learn from. So, hopefully he can keep building on what he has done.”

Michel will get another chance to impress this coming Sunday, when the Patriots take on the Detroit Lions.

Make sure to come out to Marlow Tavern’s on Thursday

Want to talk some Georgia football with the DawgNation experts ahead of Georgia’s big game against Missouri? Well DawgNation has you covered.

On Thursday, DawgNation’s Brandon Adams and Mike Griffith will be at the Marlow’s in Brookhaven(3575 Durden Dr NE #301, Atlanta, GA 30319) to take your questions and talk about Georgia football.

Also, if you entered the Marlow’s Tavern DawgNation Invasion to LSU contest, the winner will be announced LIVE! If you haven’t entered, visit DawgNation.com by the 20th and click on DawgNation Invasion in the menu to enter. The Georgia-LSU game figures to be one of the games of the college football season so this is definitely something you’ll want to get in on.

Wear your Red & Black and get a FREE appetizer with your entree purchase.

The festivities start at 6 p.m. and end at 8 p.m. so come on by, have a bite to eat and talk some Georgia football with us. You’ll be able to talk about all sorts of things, whether it be Jake Fromm, Justin Fields or Kirby Smart. These events are always a great time and this one will be as well.

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