Posted: 8/31/2011 10:03:52 PM
I can see why the Broncos are favored: lots of returning talent, a terriffic coach, coming off several good seasons, and a high pre-season ranking (whatever that means). UGA on the other hand has had 2 straight mediocre seasons, and everyone is on their backs. The public has been riding this as a Boise win all summer, but this is a very close match-up, a four quarter game to me. In a game like that, I favor the team with the biggest crowd support, and the best special teams games. UGA isn't just the best ST group in this game, they are probably the best in CFB.
My friends tell me to look for a much, much improved UGA defense the 2nd year they have run the 3-4. They have two huge nose tackles, something they lacked last year, and an experienced secondary. Add the SEC's top rated QB, two NFL quality linemen, a 265 pound FB, and a hybrid TE no one seems capable of stopping and the offense will be solid again. The Bulldogs will have a huge "mad-on" in a game where they feel they have been dis-respected, and have a lot to prove.
Kellen Moore is a weapon, an experienced QB who makes few mistakes. I just don't think they can spot Georgia 30 pounds a man on both lines and hold up all night. Look for the Dawgs to win a close one in the 4th quarter. This is the best matchup of the weekend, which isn't saying a lot, but this game and LSU Oregon are the ones to watch-----problem is idiot ESPN and ABC put them in the time time slot. Have to record one of these.