A Look at Georgia ahead of the Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate

Zachary OstermanCorrespondent INovember 22, 2009

ATLANTA - OCTOBER 17:  Quarterback Josh Nesbitt #9 of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets against the Virginia Tech Hokies at Bobby Dodd Stadium on October 17, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

(Georgia Tech quarterback Josh Nesbitt will be looking to go 2-0 against the Bulldogs as a starter Saturday.)

No Yellow Jacket football this weekend (not that I needed to tell you)—a welcome reprieve, surely, for the battered bodies on Rose Bowl Field.

The weekend off gave me a chance to check out Georgia, a team I'd only seen sparingly until last week. A few observations:

  • The Bulldogs are not a team you can let hang around. Confidence is their biggest weapon or their worst enemy, and taking it away early is really important.
  • Despite their 196-yard team performance last week, I'm still not sold on the Georgia run game. Only yesterday did I start to see any assertiveness from anyone. A couple of these kids do have bright futures though.
  • Joe Cox is indicative of his team in many ways. When he's confident and letting the game come to him, so is his team. When he struggles, so do the Dogs.
  • Penalties kill this team—absolutely kill them. The Bulldogs average 8.55 penalties for almost 73 yards a game, 116th in the nation. That stat needs no analysis.
  • That said, this is a dangerous opponent for Georgia Tech, because when Cox is on and the offensive line protects him, the passing attack can get down the field. Georgia Tech really struggles with that, as we have seen.

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