Last Saturday the Georgia Bulldogs took on the North Texas Mean Green in a game that held the Bulldogs as the heavy favorite. However the game turned out to be a lot closer in the first half than what was to be expected, as Georgia only lead by seven points heading into half time and then being tied at 21 points a piece early in the third quarter.
While the Bulldogs were able to pull off a 45-21 win in the end, crucial mistakes made by the special teams, such as a blocked punt recovered in the end zone by North Texas, had the Bulldogs scrambling to pull off a win that had seemed so guaranteed going in.
Georgia now has to make huge adjustments on special teams in order to compete with the No. 6 ranked LSU team they face in a big SEC showdown in Athens. They have to avoid the same mistakes that they made against the Mean Green in order to not give up any unnecessary points by tightening up coverage on punts and kickoff returns, which gave North Texas 14 of its 21 points.
Georgia’s defense is another factor that has to be perfected against this LSU team. While the defense was able to keep North Texas to just one offensive touchdown and less than 250 yards, the Bulldogs did surrender more than 450 yards to ranked opponents Clemson and South Carolina in their previous games. In order to pull off a win Georgia would have to capitalize on minimizing the run and the pass from LSU in order to keep their stats at a minimum unlike their games previous.
The Bulldogs’ inconsistent play on both the special teams and the defense has kept them from being able to win high profile games, such as in their narrow loss to Clemson. Capitalization on special teams and on the defense will be keys to success for the Bulldogs over LSU.
Kickoff between Georgia and LSU is this Saturday at 3:30 PM ET on CBS.