Georgia vs. Auburn: Bulldogs Must Keep Pressure on Tigers to Avoid Upset

Rick Weiner@RickWeinerNYCorrespondent INovember 21, 2016

ATHENS, GA - NOVEMBER 3: Alec Ogletree #9 of the Georgia Bulldogs is congratulated by teammates after making a tackle for a safety against the Ole Miss Rebels at Sanford Stadium on November 3, 2012 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
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Realistically, the Georgia Bulldogs should have about as much trouble knocking off the Auburn Tigers as Charlie Daniels has when he breaks into "The Devil Went Down to Georgia"—none.

But we know better than to believe that just because a team should dominate their opposition that they will, especially when it's an SEC game.

Yet facts are facts, and the fact of the matter is that Georgia is a very good football team while Auburn simply is not. We can go position-by-position, and there isn't one spot where Mark Richt's team doesn't have the advantage over Gene Chizik's squad.

Georgia has beaten Auburn in five of their past six meetings, including a 45-7 thumping last season where the only touchdown the Tigers managed was on a four-yard pass by TE C.J. Uzomah.

While Auburn RB Tre Mason is a fine player, the Tigers shouldn't be able to move the ball against a Bulldogs defense that ranks 45th in the nation against the run.

Stuffing the run early puts the onus for moving the ball on Auburn's freshman QB Jonathan Wallace, making his second career start. Richt needs to allow Alec Ogletree and company to rush the passer early and often, while disguising coverages will confuse the inexperienced signal caller and stifle the Tigers offense.


Offensively, the Bulldogs need to run the ball early and keep running. Auburn allows nearly 200 yards rushing per game, and a heavy dose of Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall will not only control the clock, but wear down the Tigers defense, making QB Aaron Murray that much more dangerous by utilizing play action.

A win in Jordan Hare Stadium puts the Bulldogs into the SEC Championship Game, but they cannot afford to let up on the road against a Tigers squad that is searching for their first conference win of the season.

Georgia has shown a tendency this season to take their foot off of the gas against lesser competition. 

It's a trend they need to stop on Saturday, because the most dangerous opponent is one who has absolutely nothing to lose. That's Auburn.