Georgia gets another “off” week before storm hits

dshirley@macon.comSeptember 20, 2013 

A week from Saturday, Georgia will be in the eye of the college football storm once again.

That will mark the third time in the first month of the season for the Bulldogs to be in that spot.

That’s a lot for any college football team to take on, but the Bulldogs have handled it well so far.

Sure, Georgia lost to Clemson to open the season, but that was a terrific game on the road in a dynamic atmosphere. Clemson has moved to No. 3 in the nation, so there is nothing to be embarrassed about there.

Before its off week, Georgia played one of the best games it has in years in rebounding from the opening loss and finally getting the best of South Carolina. The Bulldogs put their season back on track with an impressive offensive performance and a couple of big plays on defense against the Gamecocks.

Next week, the toughest opening stretch of the season in the country continues with another top-10 showdown against LSU at Sanford Stadium. If Georgia can get past that next test, it looks like smooth sailing the rest of the way; Georgia’s schedule is certainly front-loaded this year.

First, the Bulldogs must past the test of not looking ahead. North Texas, not LSU, is next up on the schedule with Saturday’s game. The game itself shouldn’t be much of a challenge ... if Georgia is focused. North Texas just isn’t good, and Georgia should be able to cruise, get its starters out of the game early and play a lot of reserves.

It’s an early game for the Bulldogs, so when they are finished, they can sit back, put their feet up and watch LSU take on Auburn at night. What they’re going to see is an improved and more balanced LSU offense, a typically talented and well-coached Tigers defense and a team that will offer another large obstacle next week.

And after two weeks away from it, that game will once again put the college football spotlight squarely on the Bulldogs.

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