Quarterback questions have national media skeptical of Georgia football chances against Auburn
The Georgia Bulldogs will be playing in the first top-10 matchup of the college football season, as No. 4 Georgia takes on No. 7 Auburn.
And once again all eyes will be on the Georgia offense.
The group struggled in the opener, as the Bulldogs had just 5 points going into the third quarter. A quarterback change with Stetson Bennett jump-started things in the second half, as Georgia earned a 37-10 win.
But Auburn will be a much tougher opponent than the Arkansas Razorbacks.
CBS Sports’ Barrett Sallee went as far to say that Georgia was going to get smoked when hosting the Tigers, as he made the proclamation on Sunday. On Monday, Georgia did announce that JT Daniels had been cleared for the game against the Tigers, though it is unknown how involved he will be in the Georgia offense.
“Georgia is going to get smoked by Auburn next week.”
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— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) September 27, 2020
ESPN’s Harry Lyles also picked the Tigers to take down the Bulldogs, due in large part to the concerns surrounding Georgia’s quarterback situation.
“But no matter who plays quarterback, he is going to have to be much better against an Auburn defense that is going to give Georgia much more trouble than Arkansas’ did,” Lyles wrote. “If Auburn plays more consistently on offense than it did against Kentucky, the Tigers will have this one.”
As for where things stand with the quarterback situation, Smart has remained quiet on the matter, not giving any hints on what Georgia will do on Saturday night when the Bulldogs host the Tigers.
He did provide an update on how Daniels has looked this week now that he’s been fully-cleared.
“Really the same thing with JT [Daniels], he’s continuing to work,” Smart said. “He’s doing a great job—glad he’s cleared because he is able to play now. We’re excited to see him and see what he does.”
In addition to a new quarterback to replace Jake Fromm this season, the Bulldogs are breaking in a new offensive coordinator in Todd Monken. And the early reviews from Monken in the national media have not been pretty.
“New coordinator Todd Monken was supposed to revitalize the offense, but that didn’t happen against the Razorbacks” ESPN’s Alex Scarborough wrote. “If anything, it looked like Georgia was going backward.”
But for the pessimism surrounding Georgia at the moment, the Bulldogs are still favorites in Las Vegas to win the game, as the Bulldogs are 6.5-point favorites per Vegasinsiders.com. The Bulldogs are also 9-3 against the spread in their last 10-games against top-10 opponents.
There are also some that still expect the Bulldogs to have a strong showing on Saturday. The Athletic’s Bruce Feldman and Stewart Mandel both have Georgia winning and covering, due in large part to the strength of the Georgia defense.
“Bo Nix is a much more established QB than what Georgia has right now,” Feldman wrote. “But the hunch here is that Kirby Smart knows how to handle Gus Malzahn’s program, and the Dawgs do have talent in waves on the defensive side of the ball.”
College GameDay will be in town for the Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry, so you can imagine the there will be plenty more takes from the likes of Kirk Herbstreit and David Pollack in the run-up to the game. Georgia and Auburn kickoff at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.
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