So I guess Greyson Lambert and the rest of the Georgia Bulldogs took what I wrote last week to heart as the Bulldogs manhandled the visiting South Carolina Gamecocks 52-20, and covered. So what do I know about the spread? Nothing. Absolutely nothing. And on top of that, Lambert went out and set both Georgia and national records as a quarterback. Now, I’m not completely sold on the fact that this is the Lambert we will see all year, but playing Southern University should be a nice tune up before Alabama comes to Athens next week.
The Bulldogs looked to be in mid-season form last week against the Gamecocks and should roll past Southern pretty easily this week. Getting some extra playing time for younger guys and keeping the starters fresh and healthy will be the name of the game this week.
Southern University at Georgia
Kickoff: 12 p.m. ET (Saturday)
TV Channel: SEC TV
Three Things to Watch
1. Greyson Lambert Can Be Better. Really.
It’s hard to imagine Greyson Lambert being any better than he was last week. Lambert was 24-25, 96 percent completion rating and 330 yards while throwing three touchdowns. So how can you get better than that? By sustaining. One of the knocks on Lambert coming over from Virginia was that he had the tools to be successful, he just couldn’t put it all together on a weekly basis. So even though it is a lesser opponent, Lambert can do a lot for this offense by continuing to get better. The worst thing that could happen is if he comes out and makes bad decisions with the ball. This Bulldog offense showed last week just how dangerous it can be when running on all cylinders. Now let’s see if Lambert can keep the ship going in the right direction. So far, so good.
2. The Reemergence of Sony Michel
Everyone in college football knows just how important Nick Chubb is to the Georgia Bulldog offense. But Sony Michel made a huge statement on Saturday as the X-factor in this Bulldog offense. Michel finished his night with eight carries for 51 yards, including a 21-yard run for a touchdown and adding three catches for 32 yards and two more touchdowns. Michel showed that Georgia can use him in multiple positions and he is dangerous in each and every one. Look for Michel to get a bigger workload and further cement his place as a huge contributor to this Bulldog offense going forward.
3. Georgia’s Defensive Depth
To compete in the SEC, you need depth on the defensive side of the ball. Georgia’s defense is getting better each week. Look for some of the younger guys to get a chance to come in and show defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt if they can be dependable going forward this season. The schedule gets tougher from here on out. Georgia will need all the help they can get.
It doesn’t take a genius to see that this is a payday for Southern. Coach Richt will have an opportunity to put some less experienced guys in a game situation and see just how deep his roster is. Georgia rolls and could add depth in the midst of it.
Prediction: Georgia 55, Southern 7
— Written by Justin Nails, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Follow him on Twitter @justinnails.