Seven weeks have gone by, and the Georgia Bulldogs still unbeaten.
UGA notched their seventh victory of the 2017 season, winning 53-28 over the visiting Missouri Tigers. It wasn’t an easy win by any means. Mizzou fought and fought hard in the opening quarter. The game was tied at 14 after the first 15 minutes, and tied at 21 thereafter in the second.
Then, however, things turned in UGA’s favor. The ‘Dawgs ripped off 26 unanswered points, which stretched into the second half of play. By the time Mizzou scored again, the game was already well in hand in favor of their opponent.
The loss puts the Tigers at an abysmal 0-4 in conference play and 1-5 overall. They are one of four teams in the SEC who’ve yet to win a conference game. Not the greatest company to be in, to say the least.
WHAT WE LEARNED
Georgia’s rushing attack is (still) fierce
The Bulldogs ran for 370 (!!) yards on Saturday night between the hedges. Despite not having a single 100-yard rusher. That’s dang impressive. D’Andre Swift scampered for 94 on just six carries. Sony Michel ran for 86 on only nine. Nick Chubb picked up 70 on 16. Elijah Holyfield rushed for 48 on six. Mecole Hardman? The sophomore ran for a 35-yard touchdown. Even Jake Fromm got a rushing touchdown. The ground game has been UGA’s bread and butter this season. That didn’t change on Saturday night in Athens.
Mizzou’s passing offense looked... solid?
The reason that Mizzou was able to keep up with Georgia at the start was their usage of shot plays. Drew Lock flashed brilliance in throwing deep balls and pulling off chunk plays. Emanuel Hall played a heavy part, catching four passes for 141 (!) yards and two touchdowns. Lock himself threw for four touchdowns, three coming in the first half. There are no moral victories, but the Tigers didn’t get embarrassed too badly. And they covered!
UGA is still the team to beat in the East
Florida’s loss to Texas A&M solidifies Georgia pretty well in the SEC East. They do have to face South Carolina and Kentucky, yes. But they will be welcoming them to Athens. Georgia has been outstanding at home this season. Including Saturday night’s win, they’ve won by an average of 25.5 points between the hedges this season. That’s nothing to thumb your nose at. Georgia may falter at Auburn, but they should be able to handle their East opponents the rest of the way.