Georgia football showed the College Football world they still have plenty of talent on defense.
For most of the offseason, when it came to Georgia football, all you heard was about how much they lost. The national sports media concentrated on what Georgia didn’t have rather than what it retained. That proved to be a massive mistake on their part.
The reigning champions would come out and prove, once again, that Kirby Smart knows defense. Georgia football would hold the Oregon Ducks to just 313 yards on 68 plays, and allow them to score just three points. It was the eighth time Smart’s defense has held a team to under double digits in the last 16 games. It was the fifth time his defense didn’t allow a touchdown.
Leading the way in tackles was true freshman Malaki Starks with eight. He also had an interception and a pass breakup. Starks is already showing himself to be somewhat of a ball hawk. Speaking ball hawks, Chris Smith added another interception and pass breakup as well. This safety duo could be one of the best ever for Georgia football.
Georgia’s front seven held Oregon’s rushing attack to 140 yards on 31 carries, an average of 4.52 yards per carry. Giving up 100 yards rushing is going to drive Coach Smart crazy. However, giving up less than 200 yards rushing to arguably one of the best offensive lines in College Football is a win.
If there is one area to be nitpicky about with this defensive performance it is sacks and pressures. Georgia football didn’t record a single sack against Bo Nix in this game. However, they did have him running for his life. Many times in the game Nix had to either throw the ball away or scramble out of the pocket.
Nix is one of the toughest quarterbacks in College Football to bring down. So this shouldn’t be a problem going forward against other quarterbacks Georgia will face.
Overall this was another dominant performance led by Coach Smart, the architect of Georgia’s defense (for those keeping track at home). The scary thing for the opposition should be that this defense will only get better with experience. They still haven’t played their best game of the year, yet.