3 & OUT REPORT - UGA vs AUBURN
Updated: Oct 27, 2021
During game week the staff at Dawg News Daily previews the matchup between the Bulldogs and their opponent. We focus in on 3 key position matchups or players that we believe will be the difference makers in Saturdays game.
DAWG NEWS DAILY'S 3 & OUT REPORT:
1) Tank Bigsby vs. UGA Run Defense
Auburn's best offensive weapon is last years SEC freshman of the year is running back Tank Bigsby. The Georgia defense ranks fourth in the country against the run (67.8 yards per game) and is anchored by nosetackle Jordan Davis. Auburn Head Coach bryan Harsin believes to have any success, the tigers will need to establish the run. “When you play teams like that, you still have to find ways to run the ball and be effective. And we’re going to be able to do that, we’re going to find ways to do that, that’s what we’re practicing for, so we can run it.” The Auburn run game is led by freshman Jarquez Hunter (42 carries, 447 yards) and Tank Bigsby (74-430), while Nix has tucked it 25 times and has 133 yards from the quarterback position.”
Bigsby had 99 total yards on Georgia last season, even with an inexperienced offensive line in front of him, catching 7 balls for 68 yards and rushing 8 times for 31 yards.
The vaunted UGA defense did show some cracks in the wall against UAB earlier this season when the Blazers gained 127 yards on the ground. Its a big task for the Auburn Tigers but if they want a chance they'll have to be able to run the ball. Expect to see lots of motion, sweeps and screens from offensive coordinator Mike Bobo.
2) Auburn OT vs. UGA PASS RUSH
Arkansas' tackles proved to be no match for the speed off the edge Georgia brings. And in last week's game versus LSU, Auburn's Offensive line looked inept. Auburn QB Bo Nix can cause some issues for offensive line by scrambling around in the back field. The LSU game may have been an outlier for Auburn's the o-line because as they had a "rolling pcoket" to give Nix a little more time. He was running around making plays instead of from the pocket. Nix will have to make some plays with his feet as well. because the formula of sitting in the pocket will not work against UGA's front seven. Auburn saw a lot more pressure against LSU than in the previous weeks, expect UGA to bring pressure all game.
3) Stetson Bennett
Bennett wasn't asked to throw the ball very much against Arkansas last week as he totaled 11 passes for the entire game. Coach Smart said this was more scheme than trust in Stetson Bennett's decision making. In last years contest, Bennett (in his first start) threw for 240 yards on 17 of 28 passing. He connected with Kearis Jackson 9 times for 147 yards. Expect to see the ball thrown around a little more this weekend. The question is how much?
*4th and 1: Auburn's Run Defense
Georgia comes into Jordan-Hare averaging 196 yards rushing per game. Last week the Dawgs rushed 56 times for 273 yards against Arkansas. Auburn's run defense has been stingy. Only allowing 85 yards per game on the ground with only giving up 33 yards last week to LSU. Will the Dawgs be able to establish the run or is this game going to be put on Stetson Bennett's shoulders?
DND's Score Prediction:
Georgia 34-13 (Line: Georgia -15)
*BREAKOUT PLAYER: Zamir White, RB
FORMER DAWGS SCORE PREDICTIONS:-
Former LB Rennie Curran: 40-3, DAWGS