What the national media is saying about Georgia football heading into week 2
In the first game of the season, the Georgia Bulldogs picked up a 30-6 win over the Vanderbilt Commodores. It wasn’t the flashiest performance from the offense, but after staking to a 21-0 lead in the second quarter, Georgia never really felt threatened.
The Bulldogs remained at No. 3 in both the AP and Coaches Polls, which came out earlier in the week.
ESPN’s Mark Schlabach had the Bulldogs as the No. 3 team in his power rankings after the Vanderbilt win, as well as the Bulldogs still making the College Football Playoff.
“The Bulldogs lost their top six pass-catchers from 2018, and quarterback Jake Fromm did a good job of spreading the ball around in a 30-6 win at Vanderbilt,” Schlabach said. “Six players caught two passes in Georgia’s 14th straight win over an SEC East opponent, and Demetris Robertson and Matt Landers emerged as big-play threats. New offensive coordinator James Coley used the same recipe, however, as the Bulldogs ran 40 times for 323 yards with two touchdowns.”
In ESPN’s playoff predictor, 5 out of the 12 ESPN analyst’s selected Georgia to make the College Football Playoff. The only teams to have more votes were Clemson, Alabama and Oklahoma.
Yahoo’s Pat Forde did have Georgia in his College Football Playoff, as he came away impressed with how Georgia controlled the game against Vanderbilt. The Bulldogs were one of three SEC teams in Forde’s rankings, joining Auburn and Alabama.
247Sports’ Brad Crawford had Georgia making the College Football Playoff and the national title, as the Bulldogs would play Michigan in the Fiesta Bowl and then take on Clemson in the national title game.
However, not everyone holds the Bulldogs in the same light. CBS Sports’ Danny Kanell did not have the Bulldogs in his own top 8. Kanell’s reasoning was that he thought Georgia did not look all that impressive in the win against Vanderbilt.
The Bulldogs shouldn’t have much of a test this week as they take on Murray State. The Racers are an FCS foe who lost to Kentucky 48-10 a season ago. The big games to watch from a national perspective include Clemson hosting Texas A&M and LSU traveling to Texas.
A win over Texas could lead pollsters to push LSU into the top 4, likely at Georgia’s expense. The Tigers enter the matchup ranked No. 6 in the country, while Texas is No. 9. Georgia also lost to both teams a season ago.
The LSU-Texas game kicks off at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN. The Georgia game is scheduled for a 4 p.m. ET kick on ESPN2.
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