This Saturday, Georgia will host Vanderbilt between the hedges. It is crucial that the Dawgs find a rhythm in this game considering what lies ahead.
After this weekend Georgia will face, in this order, #5 LSU, #22 Florida, #13 Kentucky, and #8 Auburn. LSU and Kentucky will be played in hostile road environments as well, with the Florida game being played in Jacksonville per usual.
Going into the season, we all assumed Auburn would be this season’s toughest game. Beyond that, it was generally believed that Georgia would have a relatively easy schedule in 2018. What we did not expect is that LSU would emerge as a top 5 team in the country, that Dan Mullen’s Florida would take a step forward, or that Kentucky would become good at football.
Since the big South Carolina road win, UGA has not quite been playing like a top 3 team in the country. Yes, they remain undefeated and have won games comfortably at the end of the day, but the 43-29 Missouri win exposed major holes in the Georgia defense.
It’s important to remember that only 2-3 years ago, UGA was beating Nicholls State by a hair and losing to Tennessee at home. The fact that fans are frustrated with multiple touchdown victories this year speaks volumes about the remarkable change in culture that Kirby Smart has instilled in Bulldog Nation.
After coming within inches of a national title last season, it would be easy for UGA to get complacent and wait for the talent to pay off. In reality, it is not that simple. This season, it’s time for this team to put its money where its mouth is. It will be interesting to see how Georgia will fare during this extremely difficult, make-or-break stretch of this season.