Georgia Bulldogs: What We Learned In Week 2, What To Look For During the Off Week

By Scott Page
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Georgia Bulldogs (1-1, 1-0) quarterback Aaron Murray can beat a highly ranked opponent and do it in style. One week after seemingly reaffirming his inability to beat quality opponents in the loss to Clemson (2-0, 0-0), the senior, and the rest of the Bulldogs, bounced back in a big way against the other school from the Palmetto State – South Carolina (1-1, 0-1).

Murray trashed his reputation as a quarterback who can’t win the big game by throwing for 309 yards and four touchdowns, helping the No. 11 Bulldogs defeat No. 6 South Carolina 41-30 and gain an early edge in the SEC East. He capped his stellar performance by slipping away from Gamecocks’ star defensive end Jadeveon Clowney and connecting with Justin Scott-Wesley on an 85-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter.

The maligned Dawgs’ defense finally came up with some stops, helping seal a huge win that keeps Georgia in the national title hunt. More importantly, the Bulldogs are off on the right foot in conference play after losing their opening league games to none other than South Carolina the last three seasons. It must feel good to not be behind the eight ball following Week 2.

What to look for in Week 3: Will Georgia shake things up defensively during the off week? Georgia takes a step down in level of competition next week against North Texas (1-1, 0-0) following two games against top-10 opponents. It appears the Bulldogs’ offense should be okay in the absence of WR Malcolm Mitchell, but the defense needs to continue getting better if Georgia is to continue beating top-notch opponents. And there’s another one looming on Sept. 28 – No. 8 LSU (2-0, 0-0).

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