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ESPN has one big question for Georgia football as Bulldogs enter tough November stretch

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ESPN has one big question for Georgia football

While Georgia hasn’t been perfect to this point in the season, the Bulldogs will enter the month of November with a 6-1 record and everything still on the table. The Bulldogs can still reach some of their preseason goals, but they’ll have to make improvements from a less than stellar October that saw them lose to South Carolina and struggle with Kentucky.

And Georgia’s November slate is much more difficult, as the Bulldogs play No. 7 Florida, No. 9 Auburn, as well as games against Missouri, Texas A&M and Georgia Tech. If Georgia is going to make it through that gambit clean, the Bulldogs have to improve in one area.

Well, it’s a number of areas according to ESPN’s Alex Scarborough, but it’s all contained to one side of the ball. ESPN identified the biggest question for each top-25 team for the remainder of the season. And for Georgia, the question is simple: “Can the Dawgs fix their offense?”

“Something’s wrong with Georgia’s offense. The line isn’t playing up to par, the running game has been inconsistent and wide receivers haven’t been doing a great job getting open,” Scarborough wrote. “Jake Fromm, who has been as steady as any quarterback in the country the past three seasons, isn’t himself.  Down the stretch, and especially against Florida, the Bulldogs need to start scoring points in order to carry this team back to the SEC title game.”

The Georgia offense is coming off two lackluster performances, as the Bulldogs scored only 17 points in the South Carolina loss and 21 in the win over Kentucky. Georgia did figure some things out in the second half of the Kentucky contest, as the Bulldogs final four drives of the game ended touchdown, touchdown, touchdown and kneel down.

The Bulldogs have also been battling injuries across the offense. Brian Herrien missed the South Carolina loss with back spasms. Lawrence Cager left the South Carolina game and did not play against Kentucky. The offensive line has been a revolving door as the Bulldogs have had a number of injuries across the front.

Of course, last year there where many of the same questions about Georgia entering a daunting stretch run. And the Bulldogs responded by beating Florida, Kentucky and Auburn as they were able to bounce back from a loss to LSU and make it back to Atlanta as SEC East champs.

The Bulldogs ultimately lost to Alabama, which kept them out of the College Football playoff last year. To get back there, Georgia is going to have to improve offensively against better competition. Though it does help to have the league’s best defense, as Georgia ranks No. 1 in the SEC in scoring defense and total defense.

And the Bulldogs have long had this upcoming stretch of games circled on their schedule.

“We’ve known that for a long time. All offseason we’ve worked for it to be a three-part season. There’s part one. Part two in the middle,” Georgia coach Kirby Smart said.  “And then part three was going to be the meat and potatoes. We’ve known that. We’re building up this week to work on it.”

Wednesday to be a big day for Georgia recruiting as Arik Gilbert announces his commitment

While the Bulldogs don’t play this weekend, the recruiting front should see some movement starting on Wednesday, as 5-star tight end Arik Gilbert is set to announce his college decision. 

Gilbert has long been a Georgia target, and the Bulldogs did make the top-5 for the nation’s No. 10 player.

He ranks as the No. 2 player in the state of Georgia. The Bulldogs also got Gilbert on campus this past weekend for an official visit. It is believed that Alabama is the biggest competitor for Gilbert’s services, as the Crimson Tide have seen the likes of O.J. Howard and Irv Smith Jr. become high draft picks in recent seasons. LSU, Texas A&M and Clemson are the other finalists for Gilbert.

Should Gilbert end up picking Georgia, he would be their highest-rated commitment in the 2020 class. Georgia is also recruiting tight ends Theo Johnson and Darnell Washington, as Charlie Woerner and Eli Wolf will exhaust their eligibility after this season. Johnson and Washington both visited for the Notre Dame game and spent a lot of time chatting with Georgia quarterback commit Carson Beck.

Gilbert’s announcement is expected to come during the 6 p.m. hour on Wednesday. DawgNation will be live on the scene to stream the announcement. You can watch on the DawgNation Facebook, Youtube and Twitter.

The latest on the Georgia-Florida rivalry in Jacksonville

DawgNation’s Brandon Adams recaps the latest regarding the news that Georgia and Florida are having ongoing discussions about the future of the Georgia-Florida game and it’s place in Jacksonville, Fla. As Adams states in the video below, multiple reports state that an extension for the game to remain in Jacksonville could be announced as early as next week.

When Smart was asked about where things stand regarding the status of the rivalry, the Georgia coach maintained the company line on Tuesday.

“All I can say is there’s ongoing discussions,” Smart said. “I’ll be dead honest with you. I am focused on our team, making sure our team is trying to improve and get better in every facet of it and that’s my single-minded focus. It’s not a single-minded focus on Florida. It’s not a single-minded focus on Jacksonville, it’s a single-minded focus on us.”

Georgia and Florida will meet in Jacksonville, Fla., on Nov. 2 this year. The game should be a matchup between two top-10 teams.

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