Georgia stock report: A Bull-(Dog) Market rally after 49-3 win over Oregon

090322 Atlanta.: Georgia running back Kendall Milton overcame a hamstring injury that forced him to miss time in fall camp and scored on an 18-yard catch and run during the fourth quarter against the Oregon Ducks in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff game at Mercedes Benz Stadium, Saturday, September 3, 2022, in Atlanta. Georgia won 49-3. (Jason Getz / Jason.Getz@ajc.com)

ATHENS — Georgia football stock is soaring once more after the Bulldogs saw to it the Oregon Ducks left Atlanta tarred and feathered.

This was supposed to be a team that dipped after losing 15 players to the NFL draft, but that did not appear to be the case during the 49-3 win over Oregon at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Saturday.

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If you were going to devise a game plan to beat Georgia, it would probably look a lot like this:

• Outrush the Bulldogs

• Take away the best UGA receiver

• Prevent Georgia from sacking your QB

• Prevent explosive plays of 40 yards plus

The Ducks did all of those things, but the Bulldogs were so on-point, it didn’t matter.

Kirby Smart and his staff will find plenty of things to “fix,” to be sure, but that was as good of a season-opening win over a Top 25 team and you will see.

Stock Soaring

Stetson Bennett: Georgia’s defense carried the team to a national title this season, but this version of Bennett looks capable of leading the way with the offense. Bennett’s 25-of-31, 368-yard, 2 TD performance impressed, as it was filled with good decision-making and a few strong throws Dan Lanning challenged him to make.

READ: How Stetson Bennett improved from last season, showed championship form

Todd Monken: It was telling that Carson Beck came in and the offense didn’t miss a beat as Monken’s game plan and play calling was dialed in from the get-go.

Malaki Starks: First-round safety Lewis Cine left some of the biggest shoes to fill, but this true freshman was outstanding in his debut with his soaring interception and team-leading 8 tackles.

Jack Podlesny: The Georgia kicker went 7-of-7 on extra points but is still awaiting his first field goal attempt.

Kearis Jackson: Jackson’s 36-yard kick return impressed, and he also put in a workmanlike 3-catch, 45-yard receiving performance.

Oregon players heaped praise on Georgia

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