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Georgia Football: Can the Bulldogs Keep Intensity Up for SEC Title Game Run?

Sep 28, 2013; Athens, GA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs quarterback Aaron Murray (11) celebrates beating the LSU Tigers at Sanford Stadium. Georgia won 44-41. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports
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Brian JonesContributor ISeptember 30, 2013

The Georgia Bulldogs got an important win on Saturday when they defeated LSU. The win improved the Bulldogs’ record to 2-0 in the SEC, and they remain on top of the SEC East.

Now the question is can the Bulldogs keep up the intensity the rest of the way?

Winning against LSU was huge for this team because the Tigers came into the game ranked No. 6 in the country. The last time these two teams met, which was in the 2011 SEC Championship game, the Tigers dominated.

With the win, the Bulldogs showed that they can beat a top-10 team as well as play with the teams in the SEC West. This also means that every team the Bulldogs play this year will put their best effort forward, so they will have to be ready.

Here’s a look at the Bulldogs' remaining games:

The one game that stands out is Florida. With a new quarterback at the helm, as well as the best defense in the SEC, the Gators are a team that could present the Bulldogs with a challenge. Plus, the Bulldogs never really play well in Jacksonville despite winning there for the last two years.

Another interesting matchup will be Auburn. Just like LSU, Auburn has a quarterback, Nick Marshall, who was on the UGA roster, but was kicked off the team due to violating team rules. He would love nothing more than to lay a number on the Bulldogs at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

Missouri, Vanderbilt and Kentucky are not great football teams, but if the Bulldogs take them lightly, they can easily pull off the upset because there is talent on those rosters.

The Bulldogs will have the intensity in each game they play because they have enough veterans to show the young players that even though they were able to defeat South Carolina and LSU, the season is not over yet.

But one of the interesting stories developing for the Bulldogs is the injury to Todd Gurley. The sophomore running back injured his ankle during the LSU game and did not return.

Seth Emerson of the Macon Telegraph got the latest information on Gurley during Mark Richt’s Sunday press conference.

Todd Gurley (sprained ankle) is day-to-day, per Mark Richt just now.

— Seth Emerson (@SethEmerson) September 29, 2013

 

It’s good that it’s not serious, but it’s an injury coaches will keep an eye on constantly.

The good thing is the Bulldogs have the luxury of running back depth. Keith Marshall ran the ball 20 times and rushed for 96 yards against LSU. Even J.J. Green had a key run in the Bulldogs game-winning drive. The Bulldogs can manage if an offensive skill player goes down.

It will be interesting to see how the Bulldogs do going forward. The LSU game was an emotional one for players, coaches and fans. It took a lot out of the Bulldogs, but because the Bulldogs have been through this before, they will be ready to go against Tennessee next week and they will be ready for the rest of the season.

 

 

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