Do I think Georgia can beat a team that only a few weeks ago held a 40-10 lead on UGA until the final minute? Yes. I do. What will Georgia have to do better? Nearly everything. Are they capable of doing that? Absolutely. Georgia is 10-1. They have been a very focused and consistent team all season, except for their collapse in Auburn. Here are some of the reasons why and the things Georgia must do to win on Saturday:
Mercedes Benz Stadium will more than likely have more fans dressed in red and black than navy and orange. There is no doubt the atmosphere at Jordan Hare played a role in helping drive momentum Auburn's way on November 11th. That won't be the case on Saturday.
Cut him loose.
Jake Fromm was just named the SEC Freshman of the Week for his performance at Georgia Tech. It's the second time he's won the award. For the season, he has thrown for nearly 2,000 yards with 19 touchdowns and just 5 picks and his quarterback rating is second in the SEC. Does that sound like someone you wouldn't trust? Auburn is tough to run on, but if given just enough time Fromm and his wide outs can make plays downfield. Cut Fromm loose and see what happens.
Georgia muffed a punt, missed a very makeable field goal and committed four personal fouls. Some of the penalties were a result of frustration as the game was getting out of hand, but they all hurt. You can bet discipline has been stressed since the debacle on The Plains.
Gus being Gus.
Gus Malzahn is a bit of a strange bird. He has overseen more than his share of brilliant performances. On the other hand, before the Georgia game there seemed to be a displeasure with him among the school's fan base. It was shortly after the his midfled handshake with Kirby Smart when he was caught on cell phone bragging to some Tiger boosters, "We beat the dog crap out of them." Ok. You did. But I'm pretty sure Georgia coaches and players have seen the video and will be reminded of it a few more times. Will any of that make a difference? Let's just say it won't help Auburn's cause.
Can Kerryon carry on?
Kerryon Johnson has always been good, but he's gotten better and better. He has had a great season but suddenly came up limp at the end of the Alabama game. How healthy will he be Saturday? I'd be shocked if he's anywhere near 100%. That will leave this very potent offense less so.
Dogs Swiftly turn the tables.
In their first meeting, UGA freshman D'Andre Swift wasn't much of a factor. He really wasn't given much of an opportunity to affect the game. He had just 4 carries for 18 yards and no receptions. That can't happen Saturday. He is far too explosive a player and will be a bigger part of the game plan. The more Swift gets the ball on hand offs, jet sweeps and swing passes, the better for Georgia.