The Georgia Bulldogs return to Sanford Stadium to take on the Samford Bulldogs on Saturday night.
The two teams kickoff at 7:30 p.m. on the SEC Network’s Alternate channel. Georgia will be looking to move to 3-0 on the season before beginning SEC play next week.
Below is everything you need to know about the Bulldogs game with Samford, including game time, TV Channel and stream options.
Quick final thought
Georgia did what it had to do tonight, overwhelming an FCS opponent, which is something it didn’t do last year. So again, more evidence this team is better than last year.
But the takeaway tonight may be something that occurred elsewhere: Mississippi State mauling LSU, 37-7, in a game that just went final. The other Bulldogs, of course, visit Sanford Stadium next week.
That game looks a bit more formidable now.
They showed the game on the big screen here at Sanford Stadium late in the third quarter, and there was an audible reaction from the crowd. (Apparently a few didn’t have phones or just hadn’t checked the score.) You could also see a couple players here and there looking up at it.
Georgia’s very good defense against a Mississippi State offense that just put up 37 on LSU. Georgia’s offense, which just scored the most points of the Kirby Smart era, against an improved Mississippi State defense coached by … Todd Grantham.
Third quarter analysis
This has become the runaway that was expected, and Georgia’s offense has gotten at least one monkey off its back: It reached the 40-point mark for the first time under Kirby Smart and Jim Chaney, as I wrote in this story.
Georgia has 419 yards of total offense. And while it’s been mainly on the ground – 254 rushing yards – the scoring has been an even split: Three rushing touchdowns (two by Nick Chubb and one by D’Andre Swift) and three Jake Fromm passing touchdowns (two to Terry Godwin and one to Mecole Hardman.)
Also, how about this stat through three quarters: Samford has minus-3 rushing yards. (Sacks will do that.)
Basically, a no-drama game for Georgia, which is just what it needed.
Halftime: Seven thoughts
1. It’s cliche’ to pull out the ol’ “tale of two quarters” so I won’t, but … yeah. Georgia went from dominant on defense and driving the ball well on offense to playing sloppy on both sides of the ball. There’s still no upset alert here, and doubt there will be, but a game that looked like a runaway is just 21-7 at halftime.
2. The score might have been closer if not for a blocked field goal by J.R. Reed, which is yet another mark of uptick for Georgia’s special teams. They’ve been much better so far this season. Rodrigo Blankenship’s kickoffs remain very good.
3. Whether it was defensive adjustments or just hanging up the play calling, Georgia went from running the ball at will for most of the half to trying to pass the ball more, with mixed success. Part of the problem was drops, one by Mecole Hardman and another by Charlie Woerner, both of which would have been first downs.
4. Jake Fromm overall had a good first half, other than the fumble that nearly led to a Samford score. (Reed saved that.) Fromm is 6-for-10 for 124 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions, and the offense again appears to be running smoothly.
5. Nick Chubb (108 rushing yards and a touchdown) is doing what he used to do in the old days, breaking long runs, and taking care of the ball on the other ones. The opponent has to be considered, but Chubb is having a game that reminds you of what he did best pre-injury: Volume, which wears down the defense, then popping long ones.
6. Georgia’s defense was in shut-down mode the first four possessions, but then Samford went to a quick-passing attack and got some mileage out of that. Samford has 110 passing yards at the break, the vast majority of those in the second quarter.
7. Kirby Smart has to be ticked about his secondary’s inability to catch. The defense doesn’t have an interception this season, but it feels like they could have five by now.
First quarter analysis
So far this is going the way it’s supposed to go, with Georgia’s skill talent too much for the lower-level visitors, and with the home team’s defense also in shut-down mode.
We’re seeing vintage Nick Chubb in this first quarter: After a slow start, Chubb has exploded for runs of 20, then 20 again, and a 32-yarder for a touchdown.
The common denominator of those three runs: They were to the outside.
The inside runs haven’t come as easy, though D’Andre Swift has made it work, with runs of 14 and 13 yards.
Chubb has 95 yards in the first quarter, more than he had the entire game at Notre Dame, and within two of his total in the season opener against Appalachian State.
Georgia’s second scoring drive needed just two plays: Jake Fromm had a great play-action and then throw downfield to Riley Ridley, gaining 37 yards. Then the Chubb run for 32 yards.
So far the match-up of Mel Tucker’s Georgia defense and Chris Hatcher’s Samford offense is a mismatch, and in the direction you’d expect: Samford has had three possessions, and has had three three-and-outs.
It had a grand total of 16 yards in the first quarter.
McGhee and Kindley start
Two second-year players got their first starts for Georgia: Tyrique McGhee (a sophomore) at cornerback, and Solomon Kindley (a redshirt freshman) at right guard.
Aaron Davis is working at the star, which is what he was doing before the Malkom Parrish injury, while J.R. Reed is at safety. Why that change? The guess here is McGhee has looked good there in practice, and Reed and Davis are versatile.
Georgia-Samford: Live updates, scores
What time is the Georgia-Samford game?
Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
Location: Sanford Stadium, Athens, Ga.,
What TV channel is Georgia-Samford on?
The Georgia game will be on the SEC Network Alternate channel
Can I watch Georgia-Samford online?
Yes, you can watch the Georgia-Samford game on WatchESPN.
Georgia-Samford keys to game
1. Can Jake Fromm make improvements for Georgia?
Jake Fromm will once again start for the Bulldogs as Jacob Eason is recovering from his injury. Fromm had some freshman moments, specifically two turnovers, against Notre Dame, but he also showed he belonged. If Fromm can play a clean game, while making some of the improvements that come with more reps, Georgia should feel much better about its chances going into the Mississippi State game.
2. Can the Georgia ground ground game dominate?
Georgia hasn’t struggled to run the ball like it did last year, but none of their talented running backs have run for over 100 yards in a game. A strong game against a weaker foe could do wonders for the confidence of Nick Chubb, Sony Michel or D’Andre Swift.
3. Can Georgia avoid a repeat of what happened against Nicholls?
Last year Georgia was expected to roll over an early season FCS-foe. What the Bulldogs got instead was a game against Nicholls that came down to the final minutes. Samford put some points up against Mississippi State last year, so this is by no means a bad team. But if Georgia is as improved as many think, the Bulldogs absolutely need to dominate this game.