Tune up the defense. Georgia’s defense has shown its youth in games against top-10 opponents. With seven first-year starters on the field, they’ve allowed 34 points and several “explosive plays” per game. But the Bulldogs grew up in the second half against South Carolina and will look for continued improvement before No. 6 LSU comes to town next week.

Kicking game intact. Sophomore placekicker Marshall Morgan returns after serving a two-game suspension for an offseason, alcohol-related arrest. The Bulldogs have made only two chip-shot field goals in the first two games. The hope is that Morgan will give them another offensive weapon.

Staying healthy. Georgia was extremely banged up after the first two games, but got healthy during the off week. The Bulldogs plan to play all their regular starters, but will look to get them out as quickly as score and situation will allow.


Georgia secondary vs. North Texas receivers. The Mean Green features a senior quarterback and seven seniors in their receiving corps. Georgia counters with two freshmen, a sophomore and two juniors. That youth has been exposed in pass defense and in run support. They’ll need to show marked improvement before facing LSU.


“It ain’t as easy as it seems. But ima Dawg man. Pretty much nothing fazes me.” — @TriggaTray_28 (Tray Matthews, UGA freshman free safety)

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