The Georgia Bulldogs enter Saturday’s rivalry game against Florida with a solid 6-1 record, but their one loss was a 36-16 beatdown at the hands of the LSU Tigers.

Now, they face a Gator squad that has an equally impressive 6-1 record — a record that includes a victory over that Tiger team.

On Thursday night, coach Kirby Smart held his weekly radio show, and he revealed the biggest thing he learned from that loss to LSU. As you can see below, he said the Bulldogs need to make sure they hit their big plays on offense and don’t get burned for big plays on defense (via 247Sports):

“I think the biggest thing is that you can’t have plays that are your big plays, whether it is a blitz on defense or a shot play on offense and miss out on those,” he said. “There were probably three or four plays where we had somebody break wide open, where either a protection broke down or a guy did not run the right route or quarterback threw it out of bounds or did not hit his guy.


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“Every one of them was their perfect storm.  When you don’t hit those shot plays, it hurts you, because you don’t have to hit them all, but you have to hit some. Defensively, we did not tackle well.  That was the biggest thing we found out. We have to tackle people and wrap up and get more people to the ball and be better tacklers and not pack tacklers in order to bring up some long-yardage situations and win a game on 3rd and 1 and 4th and 1.”

The Gators don’t give up many big plays, so the Bulldogs will have to make sure they capitalize on their opportunities this weekend.

That will be a big key to the game, and we’ll have to see which team wins that battle.