Gary Danielson: Georgia Doesn't Take A Back Seat To Alabama

The Bulldogs think they’re as good (or better) than Alabama – and they may be, Gary Danielson says

The DA Show
October 29, 2018 - 9:20 am

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According to the polls, Alabama (5-0) is the best team in college football. In fact, many fans and analysts believes there’s a wide gap between the Crimson Tide and the rest of the field. 

Just don’t tell that to No. 2 Georgia (5-0).

“I don’t think Georgia even has to take a back seat to Alabama,” SEC on CBS analyst Gary Danielson said on The DA Show. “First of all, they believe they don’t because of the way they played toe-to-toe with them last year – and they feel like they should have won the game. So that’s what they bring to the table first is they think they’re just as good or better than Alabama – and they may be.”

Georgia is scoring 43.2 points per game and allowing just 13. The Bulldogs haven't been quite as effective running the ball as they were last season, but that’s what happens when you lose Nick Chubb and Sony Michel.

“They’re struggling a little bit to replicate their physical play on offense that they had last year,” Danielson said. “But when they lose a first-round offensive tackle in Isaiah Wynn and your two running backs, even though you’ve got good featured running backs behind, they’re not Chubb and they’re not Michel. They’re just not. So they’ve struggled to run the ball as effectively as a year ago, but I think they really maybe found the answer. I believe they’re going to go with somewhat of a two-quarterback system the rest of the year.”

Indeed, Jake Fromm has been more than solid as a passer – he’s completed 72.5 percent of his passes for 924 yards, nine touchdowns and two interceptions – but Justin Fields is more of a weapon with his legs. The freshman is averaging 8.8 yards per carry and has three rushing touchdowns on the season.

“Justin Fields gives them a path to run the ball,” Danielson said. “When he’s on the field, they run the ball in all different directions better. Now it’s going to be up to Kirby Smart, Jake Fromm and Justin Fields to be able to manage this thing – because it’s not easy to do it. Teams have done it before, but it’s not easy to do it. But I think Georgia will be best by using both quarterbacks.”

Georgia hosts Vanderbilt (3-2) this Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET before traveling to Baton Rouge to face No. 5 LSU (5-0) in Death Valley on Oct. 13.