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For the second straight home game, the Georgia defense shutout an SEC opponent, as the No. 6 Bulldogs (8-1, 5-1) smothered Missouri (5-4, 2-3) on their way to a 27-0 win.
It was the third shutout of the season for Georgia. The Bulldogs clearly have the SEC’s top defense, as they’re allowing just 10.1 points per game. Georgia is also the only team in the country that has not yet given up a rushing touchdown.
Georgia’s defense this year:
– 9.8 points allowed per game (3rd in FBS)
– 3 shutouts (Kentucky, Missouri, Ark St) (2nd in FBS)
– 0 rushing TD’s allowed through 9 games (1st in FBS)
— blakejmorgan (@bIakejmorgan) November 10, 2019
Them: there was no defense played today in the sec
— Adagio Jennings (@AJ_FOOTBALLKING) November 10, 2019
I’m getting a tattoo of the entire Georgia defense
— Alyssa Purser (@AlyssaPurser) November 10, 2019
Georgia’s defense has proved itself time and time again but the offense has its limitations and tonight it took some huge blows. Lost its best WR, Center and back up Center due to injury. All injuries look pretty significant too. No bueno.
— David Pollack (@davidpollack47) November 10, 2019
They say defense wins championships, I think Georgia's defense will be something LSU's high powered offense will have trouble with if they meet December 7th in the SEC Championship game.
— Taylor Bryan (TB) (@Taylor2Tall4) November 10, 2019
Did Georgia do enough to crack the top 4 in the CFP poll? This defense is legit and haven’t given up a rushing TD all year
— Kevin Faigle (@kevinfaiglewrdw) November 10, 2019
Missouri head coach Barry Odom was very impressed with the Georgia defense as the Bulldogs blanked Mizzou 27-0. pic.twitter.com/Dpjt0rEgAf
— 960 The Ref (@960theref) November 10, 2019
Georgia's defense has now posted three shutouts in a season for the first time since 1981. The Dawgs are now giving up just 10.1 points per game.
Initial thoughts on Auburn game is something very low scoring. Think the opposite of LSU-Alabama.
— Brandon Zimmerman (@BZSEC) November 10, 2019
If there was one player that really stood out, it would be freshman wide receiver George Pickens. He finished the game with 5 catches for 67 yards, but two of those went for touchdowns.
Both of those were of the spectacular variety and both got plenty of Georgia fans excited on an otherwise ho-hum night from the offense.
Reminder: George Pickens is only a freshman 😳 pic.twitter.com/6L4YaDwH3N
— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) November 10, 2019
Just another reminder that George Pickens is/will be a problempic.twitter.com/MV88kaaVHI
— UGA Spike Squad (@UGASPIKESQUAD) November 10, 2019
Hellava Catch https://t.co/k6F8yrgj6k
— George Pickens # GP3 (@George33101361) November 10, 2019
Glad to see Fromm building trust with George Pickens.
— Andrew Caraway (@Caraway6) November 10, 2019
And the answer is George Pickens https://t.co/RAvKhbVftq
— Graham Coffey (@ProfessorSEC) November 10, 2019
George Pickens! That! Was! NASTY!!!!
— Tavarres King (@Tkunodos) November 10, 2019
I had left the game before that Pickens catch. Just now seeing it. Ridiculous
— FOST (@GeorgeFoster72) November 10, 2019
Next week will be a big game for Pickens on a couple of fronts. First, if Lawrence Cager is unable to go — he reaggravated his shoulder injury and did not play in the second half — Pickens will become Georgia’s No. 1 target on the outside. Secondly, Pickens will be playing against Auburn, a school he was committed to right up until National Signing Day, when he flipped to Georgia.
As for Saturday night, Pickens’ quarterback was very happy with how the freshman played.
“I think George does a job of stepping up when his number is called,” Fromm said. “We’re always trying to focus on the details with George and he did a great job of knowing the details. We’re really proud of him for going and making plays when they came his way.”
Looming over Georgia’s strong performance was all the talk of the College Football Playoff debate. Alabama picked up its first loss of the season, as it fell to No. 2 LSU, 46-41. Georgia has better wins than the Crimson Tide, but Alabama’s loss is far better than Georgia’s defeat to a now 4-6 South Carolina squad.
A quick polling of the national media shows that opinion does seem to be split on where the Bulldogs and Crimson Tide should rank. Some have Alabama as the nation’s top one-loss team, while others give the nod to Georgia.
Try to rank teams 4-8.
Very tough to do this week. Committee has their hands full. Wow-Gonna be fun last 4 weeks down the stretch. @CollegeGameDay
— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) November 10, 2019
Doing the @SInow Top 10 and thank God I've got this Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, because who the hell is No. 4 among this group?
Legit taking suggestions.
— Ross Dellenger (@RossDellenger) November 10, 2019
My latest CFP rankings after Week11:
2. Ohio State
And what’s yours?
— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) November 10, 2019
Still want to know what happens if we get to the end and it’s
Ohio State 13-0 (Big Ten champ)
Clemson 13-0 (ACC champ)
Georgia 12-1 (SEC champ)
Oregon 12-1 (Pac 12 champ)
Oklahoma 12-1 (Big 12 champ)
— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) November 10, 2019
Almost: Florida, Auburn, Penn State, Wisconsin, Michigan
— Joel Klatt (@joelklatt) November 10, 2019
LSU made a case to be No. 1 ahead of Ohio State on Tuesday, while Alabama's playoff hopes took a serious nosedive. While the Tide is likely to still be the committee's highest-ranked one-loss team this week, it's now a long shot in need of significant help to finish in the top…
— Heather Dinich (@CFBHeather) November 10, 2019
After the game, Smart was asked about whether Georgia should be trying to impress the committee, given all the attention surrounding the rankings.
“I don’t really think about style points. I just think about what we have to do to win the game and what we have to do to be more efficient and what we have to do to be at our best,” Smart said. “That’s a good football team. There’s a reason they’re ranked in the top fifteen in the country in almost every single defensive category.”
After the game, a handful of current and former Bulldogs chimed in with their thoughts on the game.
Thank God and Go Dawgs🎸🤠
— Isaiah Wilson〰️🏵🎸 (@_LayZay_) November 10, 2019
— Todd Gurley II (@TG3II) November 10, 2019
— The Freak 7️⃣⚡️™️ (@dreamchaserTy10) November 10, 2019
The Bulldogs return to action next week against No. 11 Auburn. The game is set for a 3:30 p.m. kickoff on CBS.
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