The Georgia Bulldogs are number one in the country for a reason. Their defense has future NFL players everywhere, but the Bulldogs also have an elite offense and I don’t think they get enough credit for how good they are.
The Georgia Tech defense is putting in its best performance of the season, keeping North Carolina at its season-low in yards and points and limiting quarterback Drake Maye to his season-low in passing yards. North Carolina is one of the most explosive offenses in the country and couldn’t move the ball against the Yellow Jackets offense.
How do these two sessions fit together on Saturday and which position could cause the most trouble?
The Bulldogs will present a very different problem on offense than North Carolina. There isn’t a position on this offense that I think is even slightly below average and there will be matchup issues everywhere, which is one of the reasons Georgia are the 35.5-point favorite on Saturday.
Georgia may not have a dominant outside threat as a wide receiver, but they do have one of the best pass catchers in college football. Tight end Brock Bowers is a versatile player that UGA offensive coordinator Todd Monken uses in a variety of ways. Whether it’s screens, sweeps, or catching the ball through the seam, Bowers can play and go wide every time he gets the ball.
For the season, Bowers has 41 catches for 625 yards and four touchdowns while averaging over 15 yards per catch. He also has four carries for 89 yards and three touchdowns.
I’m curious to see how Georgia Tech defensive coordinator Andrew Thacker plans to stop Bowers. I don’t think the Yellow Jackets have anyone who can match Bowers (no one really does), and I think he’ll be playing doubles for most of the game.
However, Bowers isn’t the only tight end to worry about this weekend.
Darnell Washington is a phenomenal athlete at 6’7 270 lbs and presents a lot of problems for defensive coaches and staff. His size is obvious, but his athleticism for his size is unreal and Thacker and the rest of the staff need to be prepared when he and Bowers are on the field at the same time.
For the season, Washington caught 23 passes for 392 yards and a touchdown. He averages over 16 yards per catch and Monken uses him effectively.
Georgia Tech influences this defense like Keion White, Charlie Thomas, Ace Eley and LaMiles Brooks. These four guys were Yellow Jackets leaders on this side of the ball, but this will be their biggest test yet. The defense will be challenged, and for Georgia Tech to stay in this game, the defense will likely need to take the lead.
How Georgia uses its tight ends and how different both players can be is why I think Georgia’s tight ends will be the biggest problem for the Yellow Vests defense on Saturday.
Let’s see what the Georgia Tech defense can do against them this Saturday.
Georgia Tech vs. Georgia will kick off in Athens on Saturday noon and will be televised on ESPN.
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