Georgia needs a bounce-back performance on the road in Week 8 against Vanderbilt in the worst possible way.
The Bulldogs were blown out by Missouri last Saturday.
Aaron Murray threw two costly interceptions, and the Tigers returned a fumble for a touchdown in the second quarter to take a 28-10 lead into halftime—stunning the crowd in Athens to silence.
By the time the game was over, Georgia limped into the second half of the season with two losses to top-25 teams.
But Murray and the Bulldogs should be able to turn things around in Week 8 against Vanderbilt.
The Commodores come into the game with a 3-3 record.
All three losses were to SEC teams, while all three wins were against inferior opponents, and we'll see if this team learned anything from those losses when the Bulldogs come to town.
When: Saturday, Oct. 19 at 12 p.m. ET
Where: Vanderbilt Stadium, Nashville, Tenn.
Betting Lines (via Covers)
- Over/Under: 61 pts.
- Spread: Vanderbilt (+7.5)
Georgia Injury Report (via USA Today)
|Ramik Wilson||LB||Ques Sat - Knee - 10/15/13|
|Keith Marshall||RB||Ques Sat - Knee - 10/13/13|
|Michael Bennett||SE||Ques Sat - Knee - 10/13/13|
|Ryne Rankin||LB||Ques Sat - Illness - 10/13/13|
|Tray Matthews||S||Ques Sat - Hamstring - 10/13/13|
|Clay Johnson||WR||Ques Sat - Ankle - 10/13/13|
|Todd Gurley||RB||Ques Sat - Ankle - 10/13/13|
|James DeLoach||LB||Ques Sat - Concussion - 10/13/13|
|Jonathon Rumph||SE||Ques Sat - Hamstring - 10/13/13|
|Tramel Terry||WR||Out for season - Knee - 9/5/13|
|Malcolm Mitchell||WR||Out for season - Knee - 9/2/13|
|Reggie Wilkerson||CB||Out for season - Knee - 8/19/13|
Vanderbilt Injury Report
|Andrew Bridges||OL||Ques Sat - Undisclosed - 10/13/13|
Which Aaron Murray Will Show Up?
Murray has had a few games this year in which he's looked like a future NFL first-round pick, but he's also put a couple of stinkers on tape.
Last Saturday at home against Mizzou, Murray had his worst game of the year. He completed just 55.6 percent of his passes for 290 yards, throwing three touchdowns with two interceptions.
Granted, he was playing without a few of his top playmakers, but the best quarterbacks play their best when their teams need them the most.
Heading into Week 8, Georgia needs Murray to play his best game of the season. He must play within himself—taking what Vanderbilt's defense gives him—rather than trying to force the issue. If Murray turns the ball over again, then the Bulldogs will lose for the second weekend in a row.
Vanderbilt needs Murray to have a bad game in order to win at home, but it's not happening, thanks to a porous Commodores defense that allows 390 yards and 26.5 points per game.
Ole Miss, South Carolina and Missouri all scored at least 35 points against Vandy this season, and Georgia shouldn't have any trouble hitting its seasonal average of 37.5.
The Bulldogs don't stop anyone from scoring, however, meaning Vanderbilt's offense will likely put up a fight at home.
Unfortunately, it won't be enough to secure the upset.
Georgia wins 42-27.
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