ATHENS — Kirby Smart said playing to the “Georgia Standard” means playing “relentless” and not looking at the scoreboard, among other things.
Trying not to look at the score will probably be in the best interest of both the No. 3-ranked Bulldogs (1-0) and FCS-level Murray State (1-0) when the teams meet at 4 p.m. on Saturday at Sanford Stadium.
Georgia is a seven-touchdown favorite over the Racers, who opened last Saturday with a 59-20 win over NAIA school Pikeville.
“We talk about being relentless competitors, having toughness, effort, never watching the scoreboard,” Smart said following Tuesday’s practice. “You play to that standard and the rest takes care of itself.”
Smart said he makes it a point not to be overly concerned with the result, a convenient philosophy to share with a group of players who likely will be playing with a large lead most of the game on ESPN2.
“I think when you worry about results like so many people in our society it makes it tough to ever be happy, so we don’t concern ourselves with the results,” he said. “We try to focus on exactly it is what we want to achieve which is unbelievable effort, toughness, resiliency and relentless effort.
“We keep saying the same words over and over so the kids understand it. If you do that, you usually get good results.”
Georgia will look to play as many players as possible, liking expanding on its pass game after Vanderbilt dictated a modest effort from Jake Fromm.
Smart indicated Murray State may not be the pushovers on the defensive front that some might assume because of the school’s small classification and talent level.
“They use a lot of movements up front, they plug guys, they move quick, are athletic,” Smart said, “and they can create some problems with their movement if you’re not prepared for them.”
Georgia football coach Kirby Smart, 9-3-19
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