Georgia Bulldogs: What We Learned In Week 1, What To Look For In Week 2

By Scott Page
Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports

Georgia Bulldogs running back Todd Gurley is a beast, and probably the best player on his team. Gurley muscled his way to 154 yards rushing and two touchdowns in Georgia’s loss to Clemson, despite an extremely lackluster performance by his offensive line. The highlight of the game for the Bulldogs was Gurley’s 75-yard TD in the first quarter.

Quarterback Aaron Murray can play well against top-tier opponents. The senior was 20-of-29 for 323 yards against No. 8 Clemson in Week 1. But apparently, he still can’t beat them. Coming into 2013, Murray was 3-11 against teams that ended the season ranked in the Top 25. We can’t be certain, but there’s a very good chance Clemson will finish the season in the Top 25, dropping Murray’s record against such teams (for now) to 3-12.

Now back to the offensive line. For a group that returned all five starters, it sure looked lost when Clemson adjusted to a much more blitz-heavy defensive strategy. Ends and linebackers were flying around Georgia’s tackles left and right, leaving them spinning like turnstiles.

These guys had better improve in a hurry, or the Bulldogs’ Southeastern Conference and national title hopes and dreams for this season will go up in flames Saturday against No. 6 South Carolina.

What to look for in Week 2: Has the offensive line sorted things out? With Jadeveon Clowney and company coming to town, the last thing you want is a shaky offensive line that can’t pass protect on the edge or create holes on running plays.

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