Georgia football heads to Nashville this week. Here is what that matchup looks like by the numbers.
It’s Vanderbilt week and you know what that means. Last season Vanderbilt didn’t cancel on Georgia football just once, but twice. They refused to give Georgia’s seniors their special game in Sanford Stadium and the day has come for their reckoning. All of that aside this game should be a blowout of the Dawgs no matter how you cut it. Vanderbilt just doesn’t have the horses to keep up with Georgia.
Looking back through history Vanderbilt hasn’t given Georgia a real challenge in decades. In fact, the Commodores have been the whipping boy of the SEC for decades, at least in football. This year’s matchup won’t be any different from the last few decades where Georgia has dominated. So let’s take a look at how this series between the Commodores and Bulldogs has played out over the years.
Georgia leads series, 57-17-2
Record when both teams are ranked: Georgia leads, 1-0-0
Record when only Georgia is ranked: Georgia leads, 30-3-1
Longest winning streak by Georgia: 11 games
Longest winning streak by Vanderbilt: 3 games
Most points scored by Georgia: 62 (1984-10-20)
Most points scored by Vanderbilt: 46 (1912-10-19)
Largest margin of victory by Georgia: +45 (1976-10-16)
Largest margin of victory by Vanderbilt: +46 (1912-10-19)
When Georgia football has the ball you will see JT Daniels distributing it to his favorite target, Brock Bowers, early and often. However, Bowers is far from Daniels’ only option. Jermaine Burton had a nice breakout game against South Carolina showing he is back in game shape and ready to roll. Adonai Mitchell caught the first touchdown of his young career against the Gamecocks. This is only the beginning for Mitchell who is developing into a stud.
Georgia’s wide receivers and tight ends aren’t the only players catching passes though. Kenny McIntosh leads the running backs with 56 receiving yards on five catches. He is averaging 11.2 yards per catch and has one touchdown. James Cook leads the running back room in catches with eight and has turned them into 27 yards and a touchdown. Zamir White and Kendall Milton have combined for three catches for 18 yards.
Now, when it comes to running the ball these four flip. White has carried the ball 28 times for 159 yards and a touchdown. Milton has carried the ball 24 times for 119 yards. Both backs are averaging over five yards a carry. Cook has carried the ball 14 times for 88 yards, and two touchdowns. Cook leads the running backs with a 6.3 yards per carry average. McIntosh has been struggling in the run game, however. He has carried the ball 11 times for 34 yards.
So let’s take a look at how these offenses stack up.
Total Offense (National rank):
Georgia – 433.0 (No. 44)
Vanderbilt – 353.7 (No. 97)
Passing Offense (National rank):
Georgia – 277.0 (No. 37)
Vanderbilt – 208.3 (No. 87)
Rushing Offense (National rank):
Georgia – 156.0 (No. 70)
Vanderbilt – 146.5 (No. 78)
Scoring Offense (National rank):
Georgia – 35.3 (No. 44)
Vanderbilt – 16.7 (119)
It is really no surprise that when it comes to Georgia football and their defense the two names that jump out are Jordan Davis and Adam Anderson. They lead the defense in tackles for loss, both with three apiece. All of Anderson’s have come on sacks while 1.5 of Davis’ have been from bringing down the opposing quarterback. Speaking of sacks, Nolan Smith comes in right behind Anderson with 2.5 of his own. Nakobe Dean is third on the list with two.
Probably the most surprising defender for Georgia football this season has been Channing Tindall. His 17 total tackles are leading the team. Tied with Tindall is Lewis Cine with 17 of his own. Anderson is sitting in third with 12. Then Dean, Smith, and Latavious Brini are all tied with 11 apiece. Needless to say, this defense has a lot of good tacklers that get after it and arrive with bad intentions.
Coming into the season there was a huge question mark for Georgia’s secondary. However, after just three games that unit has five interceptions. Derion Kendrick, Christopher Smith, Jamon Dumas-Johnson, Kelee Ringo, and Cine all have one apiece. Georgia has yet to have the same player pick off a pass, but this shows just how many ball hawks they have. Quarterbacks have to be careful throwing at any of these guys in the secondary.
Total Defense (National rank):
Georgia – 221.3 (No. 3)
Vanderbilt – 393.7 (No. 85)
Pass Defense (National rank):
Georgia – 146.3 (No. 16)
Vanderbilt – 197.0 (No. 51)
Rushing Defense (National rank):
Georgia – 75.0 (No. 16)
Vanderbilt – 196.67 (No. 112)
Scoring Defense (National rank):
Georgia – 7.7 (No. 3)
Vanderbilt – 28.3 (No. 89)
As you can see this matchup is quite lopsided for Georgia football. This shouldn’t even be a game and should be over by halftime. Vanderbilt just doesn’t have the horses to run with the Bulldogs. This will be the perfect game to get in a few young guys to get them some experience. Expect to see a heavy dose of Carson Beck in the third or fourth quarter.
Speaking of getting some young guys in, hopefully, this will be the first game Broderick Jones sees some action starting at left tackle. Georgia’s guards have struggled this season and this would be the perfect time to move Jamaree Salyer back inside to help bring consistency there. Georgia’s running game has been quite inconsistent running behind the guards this season which needs to change if they plan on reaching all of their goals.
Expect the defense to come out and shut down the Commodore’s offense. The possibility of a shutout isn’t out of the question. In fact, if you remember, the defense had a shutout against UAB until a pick-six ruined it. So it is feasible that they have a shutout on their mind going up to Nashville. Would be the icing on the cake after they disrespecting this team last season. Hopefully Kirby Smart never calls off the Dawgs Saturday afternoon.