Georgia football: 5 things I want to see from the Bulldogs against Florida
For just the third time since 1983, Florida and Georgia are getting together this weekend with both teams ranked in the top 9 in the Associated Press poll. So that makes the Cocktail Party showdown even more special than usual.
Georgia was supposed to be the dominant team in the SEC East this season, but after a loss to LSU two weeks ago, the Bulldogs find themselves tied with Florida and Kentucky heading into Saturday’s game (3:30 p.m. ET; TV: CBS). Florida has been a big surprise.
Here are five things I want to see from the Bulldogs this weekend against Georgia:
1. A long run and a long reception from D’Andre Swift
Georgia running back D’Andre Swift hasn’t had the impact everyone expected this year because he hasn’t been able to shake some nagging injuries, first with his groin and now with an ankle. But the bye week seems to have helped him and he has been back to practice and is good to go Saturday, Georgia coach Kirby Smart said. Being healthy means making some big plays, and it would be nice to see a run and a catch each for 30 yards or more.
2. A nice bounce-back from QB Jake Fromm
Bulldogs quarterback Jake Fromm had a rough outing against LSU, probably his worst out ever as Georgia’s QB. For someone who had been very accurate throughout his career, he really missed his shots in the 36-16 loss in Baton Rouge. He’s going to need to be sharp throughout this game with Florida. He can’t have many more of these ugly plays:
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3. Pass rush gets Florida QB Feleipe Franks on the ground
Georgia has only 9 sacks in seven games, and outside of D’Andre Walker, no one has been consistently getting to the quarterback. That has to change Saturday, and if it does, Georgia will have a huge edge because Florida quarterback Feleipe Franks just isn’t good under pressure. Under first-year coach Dan Mullen, Franks has been much better this season, but he’s gone from awful to average, not good to great. Georgia needs to bring the heat Saturday.
4. No mental breakdowns in the secondary
There were some serious communication issues in the secondary against LSU, and it cost Georgia some points — and a whole lot of yards. Smart said he figured 40 precent of LSU’s total yards came on broken assignments in the second. Freshman cornerback Tyson Campbell was involved in a few of those, and you’d like to think you can write that off as a freshman still learning his way, but after starting games , but there’s a lot more to it than that. The Georgia defense needs to show better hustle and batter tackling against Georgia.
5. No panic in play-calling and risk-taking from the coaches
There was no reason for Georgia to go for a fake field goal early against LSU. It looked like a desperate move, the kind of move a team that feels like an underdog makes. When it failed, LSU was brimming with confidence and swagger. Smart argued it was just three points and didn’t mean anything in the big picture, but it made LSU feel better that it should. Don’t do the same thing against Florida. Just go out and beat them. You’re the better team.