The Georgia Bulldogs had a much-needed week off last week, after opening the season with two games against top 10 opponents. Georgia lost its opener, on the road against the Clemson Tigers, and followed that with a home win over the South Carolina Gamecocks.
With more Southeastern Conference games on the horizon, including a showdown next weekend with the LSU Tigers, Georgia faces a classic trap game this weekend when the Bulldogs host North Texas. Head coach Mark Richt needs to make sure his Bulldogs are not looking ahead.
It’s human nature to let your guard down in a situation like this. After all, North Texas is in no way as talented as any SEC opponent. However, the Mean Green are 2-1 on the season, and Georgia cannot afford to have a poor game in this situation, especially with one loss already this season.
Georgia should handle this game with no problem. The Bulldogs have looked outstanding so far on offense. Senior quarterback Aaron Murray has already passed for 632 yards and four touchdowns with just one interception. Running back Todd Gurley has 286 yards on the ground through two games and is averaging 6.8 yards per carry.
It will be interesting to see how the Georgia defense fares this weekend. So far, they have faced a Heisman Trophy candidate (Tajh Boyd of Clemson) and one of the game’s best offensive minds (Steve Spurrier of South Carolina). This weekend, they will actually face a team that’s much more normal than their first two opponents.
If Georgia can continue to win, they will continue to be in the mix for the SEC East title and perhaps even for a BCS National Championship game bid. But the Bulldogs are not good enough, at this point, to overlook anyone.
Tim Letcher is a contributing writer for RantSports.com and a member of the Football Writers Association of America. Follow him on Twitter @TimLetcher , on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.