After consecutive close calls in games against unranked opponents, Georgia gets a road matchup against a ranked team, albeit one with a losing record.
The Bulldogs will face an Ole Miss team that can’t afford to lose a second SEC game, given that the Rebels have games against Texas A&M, LSU and Auburn remaining on the schedule.
No. 23 Ole Miss maintains its ranking presumably because its losses were to then-No. 4 Florida State (45-34, after Ole Miss led 28-6) and to No. 1 Alabama (48-43).
Georgia’s other game against a ranked opponent came in the season opener, a 33-24 victory against then-No. 22 North Carolina in the Georgia Dome.
DawgNation’s Chip Towers writes that despite freshman Jacob Eason’s 308 yards passing last Saturday at Missouri, Georgia will need to establish a running game in Oxford. After rushing for 289 yards in the season opener against North Carolina, Georgia gained 167 on the ground against Nicholls State and 101 against Missouri.
With the need for improvement in the run game, DawgNation’s Seth Emerson writes that it helps that Sony Michel is back after a “crazy, freak accident.” But he also notes that Nick Chubb’s health isn’t the problem.
Establishing a strong game on the ground looms large as the Bulldogs’ defense again will face the challenge of defending a potent spread offense.
Here are three TV-related questions if you aren’t making the trip to Oxford:
What time is the Georgia vs. Ole Miss game?
Time: noon ET
Date: Saturday, Sept. 24
Location: Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, Oxford, Miss.
What TV channel is showing the game?
For the second time this season, ESPN will televise the Bulldogs. Also, the game is available online on GTV at georgiadogs.com. You can listen on Sirius/XM Channel 108/191.
Who is calling the game for ESPN?
Dave Pasch is handling play-by-play. Greg McElroy is the analyst, and Tom Luginbill is the sideline reporter.