Georgia Football: 3 Biggest Trap Games Left on the Bulldogs Schedule
Despite losing to Missouri last week, the Georgia Bulldogs still have a lot to play for.
With a 3-1 record in the SEC, they are only one game behind the Tigers for the lead and have four conference games left.
It won’t be an easy task for the Bulldogs to win out because they are facing teams that are either fighting for the East title, or just trying to prevent the Bulldogs from winning it for the third consecutive year.
Can the Bulldogs stay focused and get back on track, or will they have a slip-up and not make it back to the Georgia Dome in December?
Here are the three biggest trap games left on the Bulldogs schedule.
October 19 at Vanderbilt
Even though the Bulldogs are coming off a loss against Missouri and the Commodores have not looked that great all year long, this could be a game where the Bulldogs could slip up and their hopes go down the drain.
Vandy quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels is having a solid season, averaging 260 passing yards per game. He has also thrown for 10 touchdowns and six interceptions.
Carta-Samuels, along with the rest of the Commodores, are looking to get their first SEC win and they think they can get it against a Bulldogs team that is limping into Nashville.
November 9 vs. Appalachian State
Before we go any further, the Bulldog will beat Appalachian State, no ifs, ands or buts about it.
But the reason this a trap game is the fact the Bulldogs will be coming off a tough game against Florida and there’s a chance they will look ahead to the contest against Auburn.
App State is normally a team that has a lot of success in the FCS. Not this year as they currently have a 1-5 record with their only win coming against Elon College.
The Mountaineers will be up for this game no matter what their record is. Playing a team like the Bulldogs will be the highlight of their season, especially with them not being able to participate in the playoffs because of them moving to the FBS next year. So they will be ready to play and the Bulldogs can’t let them hang around thinking they have a chance.
November 23 vs. Kentucky
Like Vandy and App State, the Kentucky Wildcats have struggled all season on both sides of the ball.
They only score 20 points per game and give up 32 points per game on defense. With a new coaching staff, the players are trying to learn the new system and they have had their share of growing pains.
That said, with the Bulldogs having their struggles on defense and the game against Georgia Tech coming up the following week. This could be another game where the Bulldogs will have to fight for a much-needed win.
Last year when these two teams met, the Bulldogs won but played one of their worst games in the process. The Wildcats actually led the Bulldogs three times and the Bulldogs had no answer for their running attack.
It should not be the same story this season, but based on the way the Bulldogs have looked on defense this season, there is no telling what is going to happen.
How Can the Bulldogs Prevent Getting Trapped?
In order for the Bulldogs to not get caught in the trap games, the Bulldogs must start fast and finish strong.
They did not do that against Clemson and Missouri, which is why they came out of those games with losses. Every team they face from now on will bring its best effort to take them down at any given cost. So the Bulldogs will have to play mistake-free football on both sides of the ball.
If they can do that, then they will have no issues and they will have a slight chance to get back in the national title race.
Will They Be Able to Avoid the Traps?
But the question is will they get be able to avoid getting caught in the trap games?
Based on what we have seen this season, it’s hard to say if they will.
They had trouble against Tennessee and they came up short against Missouri.
The problem is the Bulldogs are fighting through injuries and they are having major issues on the defensive side of the ball. The good thing is there is a chance they will have Todd Gurley back in the lineup on Saturday, so that will give the team a boost they need.
They also are facing teams that are not elite on offense, so the Bulldogs will be able to make some plays on defense.
UGA had a solid first half of the 2013 season. But they have to play better all-around in order to have a stronger second half.