There’s nothing special about No. 9 Georgia’s (2-1, 1-0) special teams. The Bulldogs gave up two touchdowns in the kicking game – a 99-yard kickoff return and a blocked punt in the end zone – against 33-point underdog North Texas last week.
Offensively, Week 4 was a big one for the Bulldogs. Georgia racked up 641 total yards, led by Aaron Murray’s 408 passing yards. Murray also threw three touchdown passes, increasing his career total to 102. He is only the second player in SEC history to top 100 career TD passes, trailing only 1996 Heisman Trophy winner Danny Wuerffel of Florida (114).
Defensively, Georgia looked much better, albeit against a much less-talented team than Clemson or South Carolina. Still, the Bulldogs only surrendered 245 yards (seven rushing yards) and 13 first downs. They’ll need to take every ounce of positive reinforcement that can be gleaned from that effort, as Georgia gets back to playing Top 10 opponents this week.
And the Bulldogs will need to sort out their issues on special teams, because up next is No. 6 LSU. And you know who plays for LSU? Odell Beckham, who’s already produced several highlight reel returns this season.
What to look for in Week 5: Can Georgia stand up to LSU’s power running game? Mark Richt and staff have been hawking on the defensive front seven to get tougher against the run, and it did against North Texas. But LSU ain’t North Texas. And if you watched the Tigers play Auburn last week, there’s no doubt UGA will be more than a little concerned about LSU running back Jeremy Hill.