Samuel’s Intangibles: Auburn vs. Georgia

Each week columnist Sam Lasseter shares from his unique perspective and predicts the outcome for Saturday’s game.

No matter what I think of the season, we still have everything in front of us. It may be a daunting task, but you can only play ‘em one at a time. Nonetheless, we have an opportunity to do something really special.

Even more special is we can do it on the Loveliest Village on the Plains. No better place I could imagine derailing the Georgia perfect season than the friendly confines of Jordan-Hare in the Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry!

We have shown great ability to score at will on teams that we are clearly better than. I believe we can score and move the ball with the combo of Stidham & Johnson leading the way. Sorry LegaTron, I hope we don’t need you this game; because if we are kicking numerous field goals it’s gonna be near impossible to beat the No. 1 team in the nation.

If our offensive coaching staff will stay full-throttle through the whole game, I believe we have a chance. If we have a chance to step on their throat, we should.

What I don’t want to hear is something like, we are up nine, so we’re good. UGA has a powerful defense, so we must be able to get TDs when we get the chance. That’s the key to victory. Will the coaches make the right calls? This Auburn man certainly hopes so.

On the defensive side of the ball I feel we should stack the box to shut down the UGA running game. If we are to beat UGA we can’t let them run wild. They average 279 on the ground this year, and we’re giving up, on average, 126. If we hold them under 150 yards, I like our chances.

We need to make their QB beat us. They average 166 yards through the air this season, and we average giving up 180. If we can hold that average, and slow the running game, I like our chances.

Also, who wouldn’t like to see Tray Matthews make another game-defining play for Auburn vs. Georgia? I also hope Jeff Holland knows what flavor bubble gum Jack Fromm is chewing by game’s end.

This game will come down to coaching and strategy. Hopefully, Gus has learned from his mistakes this year, and puts together a great game plan for Kirby Smart’s Bulldogs. This Tiger certainly hopes so.

Auburn 31 — Georgia 30

BTW, I’m ok with one LegaTron field goal—the game winner.

Sam Lasseter

Sam Lasseter

Sam Lasseter is an Auburn graduate, fan and historian. An active member of the Huntsville running community, Sam has completed 21 marathons and ultra runs.
Sam Lasseter

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