3 things Georgia’s defense must do to have success against Auburn


In honor of the 121st match-up between Auburn and the Georgia Bulldogs – two teams that share “The Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry” – Chick-fil-A is opening a temporary pop-up restaurant just feet from the Alabama-Georgia state line, where they’ll be broadcasting the game live and giving away free food. Georgia’s Roquan Smith is one of the nation’s top linebackers, wreaking havoc in the middle of the field. Auburn has gone from having the SEC’s last-ranked passing defense in 2016 to the third-best this season. Chubb ranks fourth in the SEC with 867 rushing yards and nine touchdowns. Slayton has found his groove the past two games, too, catching six passes for 245 yards and two scores. He had a 53-yard reception for a touchdown and another covering 46 yards to the 2-yard line to set up another score. Almost half of them (21) have been solo efforts.

-LB Jeff Holland didn’t have a sack at Texas A&M but posted a career high in tackles with six. Central Florida (currently the highest-ranked team from the “Group of 5” conferences) in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.

In any event, speaking of wussies, the Auburn Tigers stand in the way of a phenomenal SEC crown and an SEC-flavored Playoff. Ahead of Georgia’s upcoming game against Auburn, the Bulldogs have accumulated 2,514 rushing yards since the season began on September 2.

Here is your primer for Saturday’s game between No. 1 Georgia and No. 10 Auburn. The junior running back is averaging an SEC-best 124 yards per game this season, and he’s tied for third nationally with 15 rushing touchdowns despite playing in only seven games.

He walked into an enviable position on the staff at a position with established players in Nick Chubb and Sony Michel, although Chubb at the time was coming off a significant knee injury.

“If both are 12-0, the SEC has a better shot, in my estimation, to get two in the playoff if Georgia loses in the SEC Championship game than if Alabama loses”, said Gary Stokan, president and CEO of the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, who follows the playoff selection process closely. We all knew they couldn’t handle a little prosperity. “He has great speed”.

“He makes a lot of plays”, Saban said of Fitzgerald.

Johnson also is playing with a objective since the injury to teammate Kamryn Pettway was revealed after the LSU game.

Auburn has rebounded nicely since blowing a big lead in a loss to LSU, winning at Arkansas 52-20 and at Texas A&M 42-27.

“I didn’t really have the game that I really wanted to previous year”, Johnson said. “Great first half, but I didn’t finish the way I wanted to”. “He’s got a lot of quarterback runs that he’s very, very effective at, sort of Tim Tebow-like in that regard, except I think the guy’s a very effective passer to go with that”. “He could have just stood there [like], ‘I’m a quarterback”.

While Georgia’s players may be inexperienced in being a part of an undefeated SEC team contending for conference and national titles, there is a key member of the staff who has been around a few of those teams. That would require the Tigers defeating both the Bulldogs and the Crimson Tide. 1 and 2 by the CFP selection committee, signaling that the SEC could become the first conference to place two teams in the playoff in the same season.

“We control our own destiny”, Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said.

“Our goal is to win the SEC championship, and it has been since day one, and this is the next step”. “Those guys are some great backs, so they’ll be some great competition for us”.

Malzahn said his Tigers are looking forward to the challenge.


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