How Georgia will bounce back in Big Ten title game
The Georgia Bulldogs will have a chance to rebound after an embarrassing season that has left the Bulldogs in the midst of a four-way tie for the second wildcard in the conference championship race.
Georgia is in the running for a sixth straight national title, which would leave it three wins shy of tying Auburn for the most in school history.
The Bulldogs are coming off a season in which they fell short of a national title in consecutive years, but they are hoping to get back to the top after a disastrous 2015 campaign.
Head coach Kirby Smart and his staff are determined to keep their top-five spot in the Big Ten and have already set a goal of beating Wisconsin, Ohio State and Michigan.
That won’t be easy, though, because Wisconsin has won five of its last six games.
The Badgers will be favored in this game, but the Wildcats have won six straight at home and seven straight overall against Georgia.
With Wisconsin likely being the most difficult game for Georgia, Georgia will be under no illusion about what it must do.
The Wildcats are a top-10 team in the country entering this game and Georgia is the No. 2 seed in the race to the conference title.
It will have to come up with a gameplan to beat a team that is favored by at least 20 points and the Bulldogs have to get their focus on the opponent who is favored to win by 30 or more.
This game is set to be a game of inches, and Georgia’s defensive front should be a formidable one.
The Georgia secondary will have its hands full in a matchup with the Badgers’ top running back, Jonathan Williams, and quarterback Austin Peay.
If Georgia can slow down Williams, Georgia could have a real chance to win the game.
The key to the gameplan will be Georgia’s ability to stop the Badger attack.
While Peay is a talented quarterback, the Badges are one of the best in the nation at stopping the run.
Williams will likely run with the ball, but he can also pass with ease.
Georgia should also be able to pressure Peay to get rid of the ball quickly and disrupt his rhythm as he is trying to find open receivers.
If Peay can force turnovers, Georgia might not have a problem stopping him.
With the Bulldogs leading 28-21 at halftime, Georgia can start to turn things around with its playmaking and ball-control.
With Peay, Williams and Peay all leading the way, Georgia should be able turn the game around on the scoreboard.
The second-ranked Bulldogs have a game in hand in the standings and will need to win this game to make the playoff hunt even tougher.
The winner of the matchup will face either Nebraska or Penn State in the second round of the playoffs.