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The Friday Five, Florida edition
You know the drill by now. Obviously Georgia is going to have to play well as a team to win on Saturday but some players will need to have a better game than others. These are the five that we think will have strong games for the Bulldogs.
Jake Fromm, sophomore quarterback: We’re probably going to see a bit more of Justin Fields in this game than we have in the past. But Georgia still needs Jake Fromm to play well if it’s going to win on Saturday. He wasn’t good enough against LSU, plain and simple. But he’s still 18-3 as a starter and one of the most accurate passers in college football. Given how bad Florida’s run defense is, he may not be asked to make a ton of plays through the air. But Fromm needs to play well if Georgia is going win on Saturday. And we think he will.
Elijah Holyfield, junior running back: We mentioned Florida’s run defense above. It’s 11th in the SEC and gives up an average of 163 yards per game. Kentucky ran for 303 yards against Florida. We mention all that because Elijah Holyfield is poised to have a big game. He was one of the few Bulldogs who played well at LSU. He leads the SEC in yards per carry, averaging 7.5 yards per attempt. The problem is that he doesn’t even average 10 carries per game. We think Holyfield is going to get a heavy workload on Saturday and literally carry Georgia to a win.
Andrew Thomas, sophomore offensive tackle: Andrew Thomas might be the best offensive lineman in the country. But he’s going to have his hands full on Saturday as he lines up against Florida’s Jachai Polite. The talented pass rusher leads the Gators in sacks and is fourth in the SEC with 7.0. But if Thomas is able to neutralize Polite and keep Fromm and Fields clean, Georgia should have a much easier go of it on Saturday.
D’Andre Walker, senior linebacker: Much has been made about Georgia’s lack of sacks. But even worse is the Bulldogs’ ability to pick up tackles for loss, as Georgia ranks 119th in the country in tackles for loss per game. Walker has been the only Georgia player who can consistently create negative plays, and Georgia is going to need him to do so again. If he can create a tackle for loss on first or second down, he may be able to really harass Feleipe Franks on third down.
Tyson Campbell, freshman cornerback: With Deandre Baker playing as well as he is, Florida is once again going to target Campbell in the passing game. LSU picked on Campbell, as it hit a number of big plays on the freshman cornerback. But Kirby Smart made it very clear that he still believes in his freshman cornerback. So look for Campbell to bounce back this week with a strong game.
Georgia loses another 5-star commitment
Georgia got some more bad recruiting news on Thursday night, as 5-star running back John Emery Jr. de-committed from the Bulldogs.
DawgNation’s Jeff Sentell provided further insight on Emery’s decision and where Georgia could go next while DawgNation’s Mike Griffith added context for what this means for Georgia’s running back situation going forward.
Emery is from Louisiana and did visit LSU back on Oct. 13. Georgia has recruited well at running back in recent years—it signed the No. 1 and No. 5 running backs in the 2018 class—but it’s never a good thing when you lose a 5-star running back. It also comes after losing a commitment from 5-star wide receiver Jadon Haselwood earlier in the month.
But Smart is an excellent recruiter and there is still plenty of time for Georgia to either bring Emery back into the fold or land another talented running back. Georgia still has the No. 4 class in the country but it likely won’t be able to capture the No. 1 class in the country for the 2019 recruiting cycle without Emery Jr.
College Football Picks, Week 9
Went 3-2 last week, making it seven straight non-losing weeks. But remember, don’t bet your hard-earned bread on those picks.
No. 7 Georgia vs. No. 9 Florida, 3:30 p.m. ET, CBS, Radio-WSB 95.5 FM and 750 AM: This game has brought nothing but pain for me. Georgia has only one winning streak in this series dating back to 1990. A lot of people are touting Florida as a hot team, even though they struggled against Vanderbilt. I have zero confidence in this pick but give me the Bulldogs for no good reason. Georgia 27 (-6.5), Florida 16
Miami at Boston College, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN, Friday: We love a good home dog around here. And the Eagles get their star running back, AJ Dillon, back for this game. Oh and Mark Richt and the Hurricanes are starting Malik Rosier at quarterback again. How do you like them apples? Boston College 24 (+3.5), Miami 16
No. 2 Clemson at Florida State, Noon ET, ABC: Clemson was a 17.5-point favorite at home last week and covered with ease against an unbeaten NC State team. This week, the Tigers are a 17-point favorite over an improving Florida State team. But if Clemson gets out to a lead early, it could reach double digit sacks like it did against Auburn last year. Clemson 42 (-17), Florida State 20
No. 12 Kentucky at Missouri, 4 p.m. ET, SEC Network: This line stinks. Just reeks. Kentucky, despite the lack of a passing game, has been one of the best teams in the country. But for the Wildcats to be a 7-point underdog to a good but not great Missouri team? This line is very fishy and for that reason, give us the Drew Lock and the Tigers. Missouri 34 (-7), Kentucky 24
No. 16 Texas A&M at Mississippi State, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN: Much like the line in the Kentucky-Missouri game, Mississippi State and its offense stink right now. Nick Fitzgerald struggled big-time at LSU last week, and while Texas A&M’s defense isn’t as great, it is still good enough to beat the Bulldogs on the road. Texas A&M 28 (+1) Mississippi State 16
No. 14 Washington State at No. 24 Stanford, 7 p.m. ET, PAC 12 Network: Stanford has looked pretty bad in the weeks since it played Notre Dame. But given that the Cardinal have some extra rest going into this game, while Washington State is coming off an emotional win over Oregon, gives us the Cardinal. Stanford 38 (-3), Washington State 30
Record on the season (Against the Spread): 26-19-2
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