Georgia must showcase a dominant ground attack to beat Auburn. They have the capability to crush Auburn’s defense, but after losing to Texas A&M, Auburn’s defense should come out highly motivated. Georgia should have some renewed motivation as well on Saturday.
With Todd Gurley in the lineup, the Georgia Bulldogs were well on their way to a special season. The third year running back was the Heisman frontrunner before he was suspended for four games. Although there was major concern, Georgia went (3-1) in those games, and kept their SEC season alive with a huge win over Missouri. Unfortunately, Georgia had a huge let down after the NCAA announced Gurley would be out until a Nov. 15 showdown with Auburn.
In five games, Gurley has run for 773 yards on 94 carries. In other words, Todd Gurley was well on his to a 2,000 yard season. Instead, all of college football is left to wonder what could have been this season. During his absence, freshman running back Nick Chubb became the leading man in the backfield. Chubb has rushed for 895 yards and seven touchdowns this season.
In the first month of the season, Georgia had the deepest and most talented pool of running backs. In a blink of an eye, the Bulldogs were down to their fourth and fifth team running backs. Due to the Gurley suspension and other injuries, Chubb carried the load, while Brendan Douglas became the backup. Their production proved just how great the running back depth is at Georgia.
In addition to Todd Gurley’s reemergence, Georgia will also have the services of Sony Michel. He is the other freshman running back that happened to miss four games in the middle of the season. Michel averages 7.9 yards per carry, and carried the ball 16 times against Kentucky last week. There’s no question that Georgia will use this three headed rushing attack to defeat Auburn.
Auburn only gives up 129.4 rushing yards per game, but they haven’t been playing any defense lately. In the last four games, Auburn has given up 36 points per game, so it doesn’t look like they will challenge Georgia’s ground game on Saturday. It could be the perfect defense to usher in Todd Gurley's return.