After an excruciating 38-35 loss to Clemson in the season opener, Georgia bounced back with a vengeance in Week 2, disposing of SEC foe South Carolina in Athens, 41-30.
Now, after a bye, the Bulldogs host C-USA opponent North Texas.
Good luck, North Texas.
In the win over South Carolina, Georgia posted 538 yards of total offense. Senior quarterback Aaron Murray passed for 309 yards and four touchdowns and sophomore running back Todd Gurley rushed for 134 yards and a touchdown.
North Texas (2-1) is coming off a 34-27 victory over Ball State. The Mean Green allowed 496 yards of total offense, but racked up 505 total yards of their own. They also forced five turnovers in the win in Denton.
Here's a breakdown of the clash on Saturday in Athens.
*Statistics courtesy of CFBStats.com
When: Saturday, Sept. 21 at 12:21 p.m. ET
Where: Sanford Stadium, Athens, GA
Live Stream: ESPN3
Betting Line (via Covers.com): Georgia -32.5
North Texas Injuries (via USA Today)
Out: DE Quenton Brown (Knee), DE Brad Horton (Shoulder), RB Konockus Sashington (Knee)
Georgia Injuries (via USA Today)
Out: WR Malcolm Mitchell (Knee), S Paris Bostick (Toe), CB Reggie Wilkerson (Knee), WR Tramel Terry (Knee), WR Jonathan Rumph (Hamstring)
Questionable: S Shaquille Fluker (Back), K Marshall Morgan (Disciplinary)
Probable: OL Kenarious Gates (Knee), RB Keith Marshall (Knee), S Corey Moore (Knee), TE Jay Rome (Ankle)
Top Storyline: Georgia Looking to Fine-Tune Its Defense
Georgia can score with the best of them, but the Bulldogs need to work on that defense if they expect to beat No. 6 LSU in Week 5.
The Bulldogs have allowed 34.0 points per game this season, good for 99th in the country and second-to-last in the SEC. Granted, they have had to face Clemson and South Carolina, but that's still a lot of points.
It's no wonder why. Georgia lost seven defensive players to the NFL draft in the offseason, including linebackers Jarvis Jones and Alec Ogletree. Junior linebackers Amarlo Herrera and Ramik Wilson are extremely talented, but it takes more than two players to stop an offense.
We're still trying to figure it out as a group. Some guys have got it figured out better than others and some guys are still struggling just to line up right. It'll take time. To get two games under your belt and (then) an open date, it's going to be helpful for those guys.
The defense isn't likely to have much of a problem against North Texas on Saturday, but it's important that the unit makes strides from week to week this season. Facing LSU next week—even at home—will be no easy outing.
Prediction: Georgia 48, North Texas 14
Who will win on Saturday?
The last thing the overmatched Mean Green need is an explosive Georgia offense coming off a big 41-point outing against South Carolina.
Here's a stat for you, via the ESPN.com report: "The Mean Green are 1-43 all-time versus Top 25 schools, including 34 straight losses since defeating San Diego State in 1974."
Last season, North Texas lost to then-No. 3 LSU, 41-14, and then-No. 15 Kansas State, 35-21. In 2011, the Mean Green were annihilated by then-No. 2 Alabama, 41-0.
Another thing? Georgia ranks 20th in the country in rushing attempts per game and North Texas ranks 107th in yards per carry allowed.
It all adds up to a nightmare for the Mean Green.