Edward Aschoff: The Bulldogs were one of the hottest teams in the country before getting blasted by LSU in the SEC championship game. Michigan State was also a victory away from the Rose Bowl. Both sport top-five defenses and fun offenses. This one could be one of the top bowl games of the year and should come down to the very end with Georgia squeaking by. ... Georgia 27, Michigan State 24
Chris Low: If you like rock-solid defense, this is your game. Georgia is ranked No. 3 nationally in total defense, Michigan State No. 5. The question is: Which offense can find a way to move the ball and score some points? The Spartans averaged 38.6 points over their final five games, and the Kirk Cousins-to-B.J. Cunningham connection was lethal. But Aaron Murray has an array of targets and will use them all in this game. … Georgia 30, Michigan State 21
Yes, it's official - Caleb King is better than a one-legged Adrian Peterson. Peterson tore both his ACL and MCL this week, and former Dawg Caleb King has been signed to take his roster spot. Good luck, Caleb.
Isaiah Crowell: For a true freshman who flirted with 1,000 yards in the regular season, Crowell sure has been a lightning rod. He still has a lot of growing up to do, but the talent is there to be a great one in a long line of great Georgia tailbacks. Maybe this is the game that he puts it all together and does so for four quarters.
Richt turns 52 in February. He’s well-paid, but works long hours that start at about 8 a.m. Monday to Thursday and end somewhere around midnight on the first two days of a game week, about 10 on Wednesday and after practice on Thursday.
That’s why Richt said before getting a few days off for the holiday he was looking forward to going home to “celebrate Christmas for a couple of days and do a whole lot of nothing.”
Scouting Report: Nkemdiche is the rare prospect that not only has a great frame, terrific instincts, solid athleticism, sound technique and a high football IQ, but plays the game with great energy seemingly at all times. For a 260-pounder, he is incredibly lean and carries little, if any bad weight. Few prospects look as good in pads. Nkemdiche can be effective on the line, or when dropping into coverage, and that versatility is one of his greatest assets. His quickness is simply too much for many offensive linemen to handle. Although he often is double and triple-teamed, he has the ability to consistently find creases in the line and rapidly accelerate through them to blow up a play. He has the speed to create problems on the edge for tackles, and the strength to be an effective bull-rusher. If Nkemdiche can't disrupt things in the backfield, he can go in the other direction and use his speed to chase down a ball carrier.
Another rumor, that is.
… There was another reason for Richt to be in a good mood: The Bulldogs are close to full strength, avoiding any academic casualties.
Last year, three Georgia players, including tailback Caleb King, were academically ineligible for the Liberty Bowl. This time around, Richt reported that everyone had made it academically.“Those guys have done well,” Richt...
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