Georgia football has won four straight since losing in double overtime against South Carolina. The Bulldogs have two shutouts and two seven-point victories away from home against conference rivals during that span.
But this recent run of success won’t mean anything if Georgia falters down the stretch, and the ESPN panel on College GameDay expects the Bulldogs to get severely tested against Texas A&M on Saturday.
Both analysts Desmond Howard and Kirk Herbstreit called the Aggies a “sneaky” opponent for Georgia this week, who is coming off a big victory against Auburn last Saturday.
The expected down-pouring rain all afternoon could complicate things for Georgia as well, but Howard said that even in bad weather, Bulldogs coach Kirby Smart can’t be too cautious.
“Jimbo Fisher is going to make Kirby Smart coach for four quarters. Kirby can not afford to get conservative. This is going to be a close game,” Howard said. “Kellen Mond, the quarterback for A&M, he’s going to make some plays. That offense, they love playing against a team like this. It’s not uptempo, they don’t have to worry about scoring a lot of points.
“I think this game is right in the Aggies’ wheelhouse. The Aggies will lose, but it’s going to be a close one against the Bulldogs.”
Herbstreit didn’t sound even that confident in Georgia, saying only that “they may win this one.”
“Jake Fromm, without an explosive offense, to me, is not going to have the number of possessions he normally likes. They may win this one — this is going to be one of those battles, with the weather and the style of A&M. Jimbo, don’t count him out. He’s got a quarterback who can run and throw in Kellen Mond. They can be sneaky today.”
Herbstreit picked the Aggiest to cover the 13-point spread against the Bulldogs.
Georgia will host Texas A&M in Sanford Stadium at 3:30 pm ET on Saturday. The game will air on CBS.