We have a special guest with us today in Marc Weiszer of the Athens Banner-Herald. Mark covers Georgia. You can find his stories that appear in the paper at the newspaper’s website, where you can also find links to his blog and Twitter feed.
Mark agreed to stop by and answer a few questions about Saturday’s game:
1. How does Georgia approach this game?
Given that Georgia just had a week off, I think they go out there Saturday wanting to be crisp on offense and show improvement on defense. Any hangover from the South Carolina win is probably gone by now and the team wants to build momentum for a top-10 LSU team next week.
2. Could the Bulldogs overlook UNT?
I think the coaches will do their best to make sure that doesn’t happen. An early kickoff and a non-BCS conference opponent could have more impact on the fans being up for this game. I think the players want to perform well to hold onto jobs and to look like one of the nation’s top teams.
3. Georgia has give up some points. Are the Bulldogs a little down on defense?
We should have a better answer to that today. Georgia has played a pair of top-10 teams in Clemson and South Carolina. That’s not the best way to break in a bunch of new starters after seven guys on defense were taken in the NFL draft. Last year’s group was thought to have underperformed at times. The identity for this group isn’t formed quite yet.
4. Tell us about Aaron Murray, a player Dan McCarney tried to help recruit when he was at Florida.
He probably will go down as one of the greatest quarterbacks in Georgia history. He’s going to have a bunch of SEC career passing records before this season is over. He’s a touchdown away from 100 in his career, which puts him second on the all-time SEC list.
He’s a fifth-year senior who has done about everything except win an SEC (and national) title. If he can get a championship, his legacy at Georgia will be cemented.
5. How do you think this game will unfold?
I think Georgia will score a bunch of points and may give up more than you think. Ultimately, the Bulldogs win going away. Florida Atlantic scored 20 last year against Georgia in an early-season game in Athens. I would think that Georgia wouldn’t want to give too heavy a workload to tailbacks Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall. If Ball State could throw for 333 last week against the Mean Green, the Bulldogs could put up huge numbers in the passing game.