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Georgia’s strength of schedule ranks first nationally
The win over Appalachian State was Georgia’s easiest victory in more than a year, and the road gets tougher from here. Maybe even a tougher road than any team in the country faces.
According to ESPN’s Football Power Index, Georgia’s remaining strength of schedule ranks first in college football. Coming into the season, FPI considered the Bulldogs’ schedule the second-toughest in America, with Cal clocking in with the top spot. But following the first week of games, the Golden Bears dropped to No. 12 and UGA rose to No. 1.
|RK||TEAM||W-L||PROJ W-L||REM SOS RK||FPI|
|1||Georgia, SEC||1-0||8.5 – 4.0||1||15.8|
|2||Oregon State, Pac-12||1-1||2.9 – 9.1||2||-5.8|
|3||Arizona State, Pac-12||1-0||4.7 – 7.3||3||1.3|
|4||Stanford, Pac-12||1-0||10.4 – 2.2||4||21.2|
|5||Utah, Pac-12||1-0||4.6 – 7.4||5||0.6|
|6||Auburn, SEC||1-0||9.0 – 3.2||6||20.4|
|7||Arkansas, SEC||1-0||5.5 – 6.5||7||5.3|
|8||Wake Forest, ACC||1-0||5.0 – 7.0||8||2.1|
|9||USC, Pac-12||1-0||9.2 – 3.5||9||16.1|
|10||LSU, SEC||1-0||9.0 – 3.1||10||18.7|
At first glance its difficult to see how FPI can rank Georgia ahead of a team such as Auburn, sixth-toughest remaining schedule, which still has to face Alabama, LSU, and the Bulldogs. The answer seems to lie in the relentless consistency in Georgia’s remaining schedule. Although UGA has just one top 10 FPI teams on its remaining schedule — No. 8 Auburn — a gaggle of the teams left on Georgia’s schedule have a solid standing in the rankings: No. 14 Notre Dame, No. 21 Tennessee, No. 23 Florida No. 24 Mississippi State, and No. 28 South Carolina.
So whether you want to call it the toughest in the nation or not is irrelevant. The fact remains that the rest of this slate is full of potential landmines for the Bulldogs to step on.
Notre Dame player doesn’t fire back at Dominick Sanders
Georgia safety Dominick Sanders came out firing this week, telling the media he wants to “punish [Notre Dame] from the start.” But Notre Dame isn’t reciprocating that fire, at least not yet. According to Chip Towers of DawgNation, Notre Dame’s All-American left tackle Matt McGlinchey refused to get into a war of words with any Bulldogs.
“You know, it’s just one of those things that they can say what they want to say, and we’ll just stick to what we’re doing. We’re not going to sit here and talk about what Georgia is saying or what they’re doing. We’re going to worry about Notre Dame. That’s all I can really say about that. We’re going to go and play our hearts out on Saturday, and whatever team wins wins. We hope it’s us.”
Who’s this Gipper guy anyway?
Don’t expect any Georgia players to be wowed by the mystique of Notre Dame. According to Emerson, many players had never heard of the movie Rudy.
“I don’t think anybody on our team has,” junior defensive end Jonathan Ledbetter said.
It was also hard finding Georgia players who had seen "Rudy." Some hadn't even heard of the movie. https://t.co/R0i5a0Uf7p
— Seth Emerson (@SethWEmerson) September 7, 2017
Injury updates on a trio of Bulldogs
Here are a couple of injury reports provided by Emerson in the Wednesday practice report:
[Solomon] Kindley (ankle injury) once again worked with the first team at right guard drills on Wednesday. The rest of the line was as it has been this week, with junior Kendall Baker at left guard. …
As for [Aaron] Davis (hamstring), he did some, but not all, work. The senior went through one drill, hitting a blocking sled with full ferocity, then sat out another, consulting briefly with head athletic trainer Ron Courson before returning to action. Davis appeared to do more than he had in previous practices. …
Like Davis, freshman receiver J.J. Holloman also has been dealing with a hamstring injury, which limited his action in the opener. Holloman continues to sit out some drills during media viewing periods, but Smart remains hopeful he can play. Holloman, who enrolled in January, potentially is a key piece of the receiver rotation.
Game tape: Notre Dame vs. Temple
With so many games going on over Labor Day weekend, chances are good you never got a chance to check out the Notre Dame-Temple game. If you want to see what you missed, and what Georgia is up against this Saturday in South Bend, check below for the extended highlights from the 49-16 Fighting Irish win. You can also watch the entire game here.
Dawgs on Twitter
— Georgia Football (@FootballUGA) September 7, 2017
— Dayne Young (@dayneyoung) September 5, 2017
— Georgia Football (@FootballUGA) September 6, 2017
Georgia RB Nick Chubb had no issue forcing missed tackles in his 2017 season opener for the Bulldogs. pic.twitter.com/GIsntYzhND
— PFF College Football (@PFF_College) September 5, 2017
this vine always makes my day https://t.co/BGpc5Dnd4g
— Puppy Pics (@CuteDogPlcs) September 6, 2017
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