Neither game looked pretty, but it doesn't matter for a Georgia team that is now 2-0 on the season. Next up for the Bulldogs is a tune-up against Florida Atlantic.
The Owls are coming off a 31-17 loss to Sun Belt rival Middle Tennessee State. They fell to 1-1 on the season after beating Wagner by a score of 7-3 in Week 1.
Georgia comes into the game as overwhelming favorites, but the possibility of a letdown is always there. The Bulldogs need to make sure they come out strong and play well for 60 minutes of game time as they prepare for the tougher games on the schedule.
Here is everything you need to know about this non-conference matchup.
When: September 15, 7:30 p.m. ET
Where: Sanford Stadium, Athens, GA
Live Stream: ESPN3
Radio: 750 AM (Atlanta) or 760 AM (Boca Raton)
Betting Line: Georgia (-43) according to Bovada
What They're Saying
Linebacker Jarvis Jones discussed the resolve of his team following last week's win over Missouri (via USA Today):
A lot of people thought we were going to get upset. That's what everybody at ESPN was saying. But the guys stayed confident, the coaches kept us pumped up and the Bulldog Nation came out and supported us. Missouri threw their punches, but you have to play the whole game.
This ability to finish tough games should serve the team well as the games get tougher later in the season.
Florida Atlantic Player to Watch: Graham Wilbert
The Owls have not generated a lot of offense in their first two games, but what little they have is thanks to quarterback Graham Wilbert. In two games, he has completed 77.8 percent of his passes for 386 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions.
There has been very little support in the run game, but the senior quarterback has played almost mistake-free in the early going. He will need to continue this type of play if the team has any chance of keeping this game close.
Georgia Player to Watch: Todd Gurley
Quarterback Aaron Murray could be one of the best in the nation at his position, but Todd Gurley has provided the Bulldogs with quite a boost in the first two games.
The freshman needed only eight carries to total 100 rushing yards against Buffalo in Week 1 and followed that up by averaging 6.5 yards per carry against Missouri. Including a 100-yard kickoff return, Gurley has gotten into the end zone four times in two games this season.
Keith Marshall has gotten the bulk of the carries so far this year, but Gurley is the difference-maker in the backfield.
Key Matchup: Florida Atlantic Running Backs vs. Georgia Linebackers
After a pitiful performance against the run in Week 1, the Bulldogs improved against Missouri. The defense cut the rushing yards from 199 to 102 in the second game, and held the Tigers to only 2.6 yards per carry.
Florida Atlantic does not have a dangerous rushing attack, but Martese Jackson has an ability to slip tackles if given the opportunity. Georgia must prove that last week was not a fluke and the front line can defend the run.
As they prepare for the tougher teams in the SEC, this might be the most important factor that decides the season.
Prediction: Georgia 52, Florida Atlantic 17
The spread might be too close to call, but the game should never be in question. The momentum from last week's win and the difference in talent should be enough to propel the Bulldogs to a big victory. Georgia should use this game to work on depth while preparing for the bulk of the SEC schedule.