Auburn Information Overload
Here’s all you need to know about the 2011 rendition of the South’s Oldest Rivalry….
The Senator checks in with his thoughts on the game.
College Football Zealots has a discussion across enemy lines with Tom Blaz from The Recruiting Eagle.
Jody at View from 336 has his preview up. Always love Jody’s Random Thoughts.
Dawg Sports asks Georgia fans to enjoy being in the driver’s seat but don’t forget about the Tigers.
Doug Gillett says it’s time to see what Georgia is made of this weekend.
Tyler at Georgia Sports Blog has three questions about the tilt with Auburn.
A little Blogger roundtable talking about Auburn over al.com
My thoughts on the game…
- Strength v Strength. Auburn runs the ball well, Georgia stops the run very well. If Georgia is going to win he Dawgs have to win the battle up front and force Moseley to put in the air.
- To stop the run the tackling must be solid, as Michael Dyer is a load and he will run through arm tackles all day long.
- That tricky ol Gus Malzahn has made a living using misdirection. As we all know Georgia has trouble stopping misdirection. I am surprised we didn’t see any trickery against Florida but rest assured we will see some Saturday. Georgia can not afford to give up a big play on misdirection or trickery.
- Georgia needs a sold effort on special teams. The Dawgs don’t have to be world beaters on special teams, they just can not afford to give up colossally bad big plays on special teams and continue to beat SEC teams. Drew Butler needs to get his mojo back and let’s just score TDs so we don’t have to worry about Blair Walsh’s fragile mind on field goals.
- Speaking of special teams it will be interesting to see if Georgia sticks with using starters on kickoff coverage as they did last week against NM State. That helped bottle up one of the nation’s best kick returners. Seriously New Mexico State has one of college football’s best kick returners.
- On offense Murray will need to be sharp and take care of the football. The O-line dpeth worries me against Auburn due to the nature of this rivalry’s past, as it is always a physical game.
- Crowell will have to stay tough and stay in the game. There is no Richard Samuel to provide a counter punch and the rest of the depth chart at running back is solid but smallish.
- As the Senator pointed out in the links above, compsure will be key. Last year’s game got chippy and nearly got ugly. Georgia can’t let the cretins from Auburn get under their skin and do sometthing stupid. That goes for you too Coach Grantham.
Bottom line is Auburn and Georgia have ruined plenty of season for each other over the years and it’s always seems to be a close game. The team and all of Sanford Stadium will know the results of the Carolina Florida game sometime early in the first quarter so it will be interesting to see how the team reacts. I must admit as a fan it has been fun this week to looking forward to a meaningful game Between The Hedges, I almost forgot what it felt like. Go Dawgs