Georgia football prepares to face ‘different’ Mississippi State defense
Leading up to Georgia’s showdown with Mississippi State on Saturday, there has been plenty of talk about the uniqueness of the offense Georgia is about to face. While the Air Raid is an offensive system accustomed to playing against the Red and Black Bulldogs, Mississippi State’s scheme also offers some new challenges on the other side of the ball.
Georgia head coach Kirby is smart And multiple players spoke this week about the challenges presented by Mississippi State’s defense, which operates in a 3-3-5 system (three down linemen, three linebackers and five defensive backs). Smart repeatedly emphasized the uniqueness of the scheme run by the Maroon Bulldogs and acknowledged that it will be something different to tackle Georgia’s offense.
“[We] tGive a day in the bye week to work towards these people. very different Really different in two ways. Defensively different. Their defensive coordinator [Zach Arnett] Does an incredible job. [It’s a] “We were faced with a different kind of planning than before,” Smart said.They are aggressive, relentless, experienced. They got, like, seven or eight starters back. They interfere with the way they move and work. It’s different, and it stands out. But you better plan well because what you do can quickly be taken away from you.”
Mississippi State returns nine starters on defense with hopes of competing in the SEC West this season. Although the Maroon Bulldogs have had an up-and-down season, their defense has repeatedly put them in contention.
The Bulldogs boast a 6-3 record entering Saturday’s game, and part of their success can be attributed to a defense that ranks in the top third nationally in several key statistical categories. Mississippi State ranks 37th nationally in turnovers caused (15), 38th in pass defense (210.2 yards allowed per game), 44th in third-down conversions allowed (35.9% attempted) and in scoring defense (24.0 points per game).
Mississippi State linebacker Nathaniel Watson And Jett Johnson Lead team in tackles (78), fellow linebackers Tyrus wheat Leads team in tackles for loss (7.5) and sacks (5.0) and cornerbacks Emmanuel Forbes Increases the inhibitory pathway (5).
Georgia wide receiver Marcus Rosemi-Jacques Saint Explained that the receivers need to run slick routes and make sure they’re executing like they do every week against this defense. As for the entire offense, he stressed the importance of setting the tone early.
“They play a lot of games up front – a lot of twists, a lot of stunts, things like that to distract us,” Rosemi-Jacquessaint said. “We know we can attack them out of the gate and be physical out of the gate because they’re trying to get physical with us, so we can’t get physical out there.”
Although Mississippi State’s defense has been pretty successful all season, its one weak point run has stopped. The Bulldogs rank 74th nationally allowing 150.6 rushing yards per game, a number that has risen significantly in recent weeks. Mississippi State has allowed more than 200 rushing yards in a game four times this season, three of which have occurred in the Bulldogs’ last four contests.
Georgia offensive guard Warren Erickson Credit Mississippi State’s defense for being disruptive and well-coached. According to him, the discipline of the offensive line will go a long way to leave Starkville with a victory over the road Bulldogs.
“They know exactly what they’re going to do, and that’s a really big challenge for us because they move around so much and when they do it, they’re quick and they punch,” Erickson said. “So we have to have our eyes ready, as an offensive line. We have to match their intensity and their speed.”
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