Looking Back at Missouri and Ahead vs FAU 2012 – The Bulldogs Host Florida Atlantic

The tandem of Mark Richt and Todd Grantham has helped make it an exciting time to be a Georgia Bulldog fan.

From “old man football” to “grown man football” the Georgia Bulldogs tamed the Missouri Tigers on Saturday night. The game was certainly a bumpy ride for the first three quarters, but Bulldog Nation has to be pleased with the final result. The defense played outstanding football for most of the evening, all but erasing the doubts raised in the Dawgs’ first game of the season.

If Georgia can continue to build on their fourth quarter performance from this past week, there is not a team on the regular season schedule that can ruin the Bulldogs’ championship aspirations. This is certainly a lofty conclusion to draw in mid-September, but as long as the Dawgs can stay healthy and maintain their focus they should be favored to win every game between now and the SEC Championship Game.

As it pertains to week three of college football, the Georgia Bulldogs welcome the Florida Atlantic Owls between the hedges Saturday night in a match-up of teams headed in totally opposite directions. Georgia is fresh off of a triumphant victory in Columbia Missouri that has Bulldog Nation dreaming of Bowl Championship Series glory. Conversely, Florida Atlantic gave up 31 points on the road against Middle Tennessee, losing the game by a final score of 31-17.

It will be important for Georgia to stay focused on Saturday night. The atmosphere of a night game in Sanford Stadium should be beneficial to the Bulldogs  as opposed to the standard noon kickoff. Georgia should utilize this tune-up game as a way to build on their success from the previous two weeks. The Dawgs can continue to solidify their offensive line, while allowing the freshman tailback duo of Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall to run through what will likely be large holes for significant chunks of yardage.

Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray has a week away from Southeastern Conference play  to work out the kinks in his slow start to 2012. Murray has put up fantastic numbers in his time in Athens and he has a chance to write his own chapter in the Georgia passing record book. Even so, if he can not fix his consistency issues he will not be the signal caller that leads Georgia back to the promised land.

On defense, Todd Grantham’s young men only need to work on continuing to get better.  Jarvis Jones has stepped up as the leader of the Georgia football team. Jones has a chance to be remembered as one of the best players to ever wear the silver britches. It will be exciting to see just how good the defense can be when it is finally back at full strength.

No disrespect meant to Florida Atlantic, but the only way the game on Saturday night remains close is if the Bulldogs completely fall asleep on the Owls. Dating back to last season the Owls have a record of 2-12 in their last fourteen games. FAU is about to embark on the most difficult two game road trip in college football. After the Owls visit Athens, they must travel to Tuscaloosa to play Alabama. It is going to be a rough couple of weeks to be an FAU fan.

Related posts:

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  2. Georgia Bulldogs 2012 Schedule Preview – Part One
  3. Georgia Bulldogs G-Day Game 2012
  4. Georgia Running Back Richard Samuel’s Time To Shine is 2012.
  5. Georgia-Florida 2011- The Bulldogs’ Road to Redemption Goes Through Jacksonville

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