Georgia plays Massachusetts on Saturday afternoon, and there isn’t much more to say about that.
Will Justin Fields play most of the game as the Bulldogs quarterback?
Georgia fans are waiting to see how coach Kirby Smart will answer that question.
The fifth-ranked Bulldogs (9-1) are favored by about 40 points against the Minutemen (4-7), who are in their seventh season as an FBS program, so there should be little drama in Georgia’s tune-up for the next two games – against Georgia Tech and Alabama.
The question about Fields also extends to whether other backups and walk-ons will see extensive playing time.
Here is some important information regarding how to follow the action Saturday:
Before the game: “Bulldogs Game Day” airs from 10-11 a.m. on WSB-TV Channel 2 Action News. Channel 2 sports director Zach Klein hosts the show each Saturday.
Time: 4 p.m. ET
Date: Saturday, Nov. 17
Location: Sanford Stadium, Athens
Television: SEC Network will televise the game. Taylor Zarzour is handling play-by-play. Matt Stinchcomb is the analyst and Laura Rutledge is the sideline reporter.
Streaming: The game is available online on GTV at georgiadogs.com.
Local radio: The game will be broadcast on the Georgia Bulldogs Sports Network, heard in metro Atlanta on WSB radio (750 AM/95.5 FM). Scott Howard is handling play-by-play. Eric Zeier is the analyst, and Chuck Dowdle is the sideline reporter.
Satellite radio: You can listen on SiriusXM Radio Channel 99/190.
Here are five other things you may want to know:
» Georgia will go its 10th victory of the season. That would give UGA 24 seasons of 10 more wins, 12 of them coming in the 21st century. (The disproportion to the rest of Georgia football history comes from the arrival of 12-game regular-season schedules and conference championship games.)
» A victory would boost Georgia’s record with Kirby Smart as coach to 31-8. The Bulldogs enter the game having won 26 of their past 30 games.
» Two Georgians are listed on the UMass roster. Chinedu Ogbanna is a 6-foot-2, 225-pound sophomore defensive lineman from Marietta (Wheeler High), and Martin Mangram is a 5-11, 190-pound junior safety from Buford (Buford High). Mangram’s dad, Tony Mangram, was a running back at Georgia, earning letters in 1984 and 1985.
» The four UMass victories were against Duquesne, Charlotte, Connecticut and Liberty. The Minutemen lost to Boston College, Georgia Southern, Florida International, Ohio, South Florida, Coastal Carolina and BYU.
» This will mark Georgia’s first game all-time against UMass in football. The schools will meet in men’s basketball at Stegeman Coliseum at 6 p.m. Dec. 30 in the second game between those programs. The teams played Dec. 16, 2017 in Amherst, Mass., which ended in a 72-62 UMass victory. Yes, for Georgia-UMass football, we turn the conversation to basketball.
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