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UGA @Van 2017

For the first time since the 2005 season, Georgia will travel to Nashville to face Vanderbilt, 5-0. Dawg fans can only hope for a similar outcome to the 2005 team that was also ranked #5 & 5-0 with SEC wins over Mississippi State (23-10) and Tennessee (27-14) in back to back games going into that October 15, 2005 matchup. Georgia went on to win that ballgame 34-17 against the Dores and carried that momentum all the way to an upset win the SEC Championship over LSU 34-14. So, looking at the 2017 team, who also comes into this game winning their last two games against Mississippi State & Tennessee, it is essential for Georgia to follow the same path as the last SEC Championship team.
The first thing that is similar is how well this secondary runs to the football to gang tackle the opposing players. Malkom Parrish, Aaron Davis, Deandre Baker, & company are the best tackling secondary I’ve seen since the 2005 Dawgs of Greg Blue, Tim Jennings, Demario Minter, and others. Also, this is the deepest/most experienced healthy backfield in my opinion since 2005 with Thomas Brown, Danny Ware, & Kregg Lumpkin. Finally, the Special Teams area is very similar to the 2005 team. Rodrigo Blankenship resembles Brandan Coutu, as well as Cameron Nizialek punting as well as Gordon Ely-Kelso did.
Given these similarities I expect Georgia to be motivated for this game. Yes, it’s a noon kickoff which can be tough to be energized for, but let us not forget Vanderbilt came into Athens last year and beat UGA 17-16 even though the Dawgs outgained Vandy 421-171 in total yards. Plus, it looks like this team is focused on not having a letdown like previous Georgia teams. Kirby Smart knows it is his job to not allow complacency, making sure that this team is not satisfied where they’re at right now. I believe Smart will continue doing a good job of this, with the team having another impressive performance. I see the final score being 34-7 Georgia with the defense finally giving up a touchdown in SEC play but still dominating.
God Bless & Go Dawgs!
Tyler Agee