After overcoming a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter last weekend in Columbia, Missouri, the No. 2 Georgia Bulldogs will return to Athens to host the Auburn Tigers Saturday.
Georgia is 5-0 and off to a 2-0 start in conference play — first in the SEC East. The Bulldogs are 3-0 at Sanford Stadium this year with an average winning margin of 32 points.
Keys to the Game
Georgia quarterback Stetson Bennett leads the nation’s eighth-ranked passing attack — averaging just over 340 yards per game. Barrett is completing nearly 70% of his throws, but the senior completed a season-low 55.8% of his pass attempts last weekend against Missouri. Auburn head coach Bryan Harsin called Bennett a “winner” despite his lack of supreme size and athleticism.
“I don’t see a whole lot of weaknesses in [Bennett’s] game,” Harsin said. “I think he’s got really good command of what [Georgia] is doing, and he’s plenty good to hurt you in all different ways.”
Although six different Bulldogs have already accumulated over 100 receiving yards this year, sophomore tight end Brock Bowers leads the team with 342 yards and 17.2 yards per catch. Bowers currently ranks fourth in the SEC in receiving yards and has more yards than any other tight end in the country. The Napa, California, native is a threat on the ground, too, as he scored a pair of rushing touchdowns against Kent State.
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Defensively, Georgia ranks second in the nation in touchdowns allowed (4) after holding its opponents out of the end zone until the final minute of week three. The Bulldogs will face an Auburn offense that ranks middle of the pack in most statistical categories. Tigers running back Tank Bigsby remains the focal point of the offense. The junior is averaging 4.7 yards per carry and ranks seventh in the SEC in rushing yards. He leads the team with four touchdowns and has 13 receptions this season — second most on the team. Georgia head coach Kirby Smart called Bigsby “explosive” and “extremely physical” out of the backfield as a runner and receiver.
“[Bigsby] is one of those backs — like the good ones — they get better with their carries,” Smart said. “He’s one of these typical SEC backs that you better bring your lunch pail when you come to tackle him.”
Historic Georgia vs. Auburn Rivalry
“The tradition and history of this game is pretty incredible,” Smart said. “I’m expecting our fans to turn out and give us an electric atmosphere to play in against a good Auburn football team.”
Saturday’s kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. and the game will air on CBS.