Georgia Football: Observations Heading Into Crucial Week 9

Jukabiea BarlowContributor IOctober 25, 2010

COLUMBIA, SC - SEPTEMBER 11:  Georgia Bulldogs head coach Mark Richt watches the action on the field during the game against the South Carolina Gamecocks at Williams-Brice Stadium on September 11, 2010 in Columbia, South Carolina.  (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)
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Georgia heads into Week 9 on a three game winning streak pulling their record up to 4-4 (3-3 in conference play). 

It seems as if UGA is putting the pieces together at the right time as Saturday showcases a battle of rivals fighting for positioning in the SEC east standings. The Georgia-Florida game won’t feature top 25 teams fighting for national title hopes, but rather feature two teams hoping to represent their division in the conference championship.

With that being said, let’s take a look at the Bulldogs and see where they stand as a team based upon a few observations.

Secondary: Let’s get the negatives out the way early. If there is one group that can keep UGA from continuing to have a successful second half of the season it is the Georgia secondary.

When the dawgs have played a team with any kind of quarterback, the defensive backfield gets torched. Even with blowout wins against those teams from Tennessee, receivers were still having a mid game picnic in the Georgia Secondary. John Brantley will be ready for this especially after Florida’s bye week.

Assignments need to be executed. Play your man, not the ball.

Third down stops: Once again the defense could not get off the field on third and longs. Had the Georgia offense not converted the UK turnovers into points, this game would have ended differently.

It gives the opposing team unwanted momentum each time a third and long is converted, especially if it’s on one drive. Florida may not have the team they had in the past but I promise you they have every bit the athlete and Georgia will get burned if they allow easy conversions on third downs.

Life after A.J. Green: Is A.J. Green the only reason why the offense is exploding? Let’s not get it twisted, the offensive production is beautiful and makes for a fun game to watch but we all know how it was with out him.

Problem is what happens when he is gone for good?

Offensive Play calling: This is an area that has been greatly improved. You would like to think it doesn’t all have to do with point No. 3 but it is what it is.

The Bulldogs have been creative in calling plays and keeping the defense off balance. Well with the exception of the Kentucky game, they just ran the ball the entire time. The only concern here is that Georgia is better suited for the intermediate to deep passing game.

Will the lust and desire for balance keep Bobo and Richt from lighting up the score board the rest of the year?

Washaun Ealey: This guy has been on a tear the last couple of weeks and Georgia shouldn’t stop calling his number. Let’s just hope the success doesn’t go to the young man’s head and you start seeing fumbled footballs.

One gets tired of saying; “Hold on to the ball Washaun” the entire game.

Turnovers: If you wanted to make an argument for the real reason Georgia has found success, using the turnover card wouldn’t be such a bad idea. Georgia has a 14-7 turnover advantage this year and they are capitalizing off the turnovers.

Just for fun, Joe Cox had 15 interceptions last year. If Georgia continues to win the turnover battle each game, Georgia will win out.

Confidence: Georgia can win. Something that fans thought was once an impossible feat earlier in the year.

The team is gellin’ like Magellan and playing like they expect to win. This confidence has shown with better defensive efforts and now what seems like an unstoppable offense. Georgia has yet to play a complete game but they’re coming around to it.

Saturday Georgia goes to Jacksonville looking for that complete game and keeping UGA VIII undefeated.