Georgia Bulldogs Look Ready for SEC Heavyweights

Lance KnudsonContributor IIISeptember 23, 2012

Todd Gurley and Jarvis Jones
Todd Gurley and Jarvis JonesScott Cunningham/Getty Images

The Georgia Bulldogs put on a clinic for their 90,000-plus fans on Saturday night vs. Vanderbilt. It was a type of game everyone knew Georgia was capable of playing, but had not seen yet. Not only did Georgia win by 45 points, it dominated every facet of the game from start to finish. 

The Georgia fans came to see their Bulldogs win their first SEC home game, and they were treated to that and a lot more. Playing a team that nearly beat SEC rival South Carolina, many thought this may be a close one too. Not this time.


Unstoppable Offense

Georgia running back Ken Malcome said it best when speaking about Georgia's offense, "You can stop our passing one day, but you can't stop the run.  You can stop the run, but you can't stop the passing." 

He was spot-on, as UGA's offense racked up 567 totals yards (265 passing, 302 rushing) against Vandy. Aaron Murray was nearly perfect, as he went 18 of 24 for 250 yards and three touchdowns (two passing, one rushing). He looked very comfortable all night and spread the ball out to nine different receivers. 

Georgia's ground game was even more impressive. The dynamic duo of Keith Marshall and Todd Gurley combined for 212 yards rushing and four touchdowns. Marshall scored from 52 yards out and Gurley had a highlight-type of run for 29 yards.

One got the feeling as the game went on Vanderbilt had no answer for Georgia's offense.


Dominating Defense

UGA did not give up a touchdown the entire game and held Vandy to a measly three points. Georgia's rush defense held Vanderbilt to only 2.9 yards per carry, with the longest run of only 15 yards.

The Georgia pass defense had Jordan Rodgers running for his life most of the night and sacked him three times. Jarvis Jones was his usual self, as he was all over the field and picked up another sack in the game.

The scary part is Alec Ogletree and Bacarri Rambo are expected back next week. With their return, Tennessee is going to get a full taste of Georgia's defense next week.


Moving Forward

Georgia looked ready to play with anyone in the nation and defeat anyone it played in the game against the Commodores. Georgia has Tennessee at home next week before traveling to South Carolina the following week.

Tennessee will test Georgia's pass defense and South Carolina will be a war. 

After watching UGA dismantle Vanderbilt, it looks like it is ready for anyone. It even appears UGA is ready to run with the big dogs. Yes, Georgia has proven it is ready for LSU and Alabama too.