1. Aaron Murray is having himself a year. He ranks eighth in the nation in passing efficiency, having thrown 10 touchdown passes against two interceptions, and against Vanderbilt he completed his first 12 attempts. And that’s just the statistical side of it. Said Georgia coach Mark Richt: “Aaron just prepares like no one we’ve ever had. All our [quarterbacks, the list of which includes luminaries David Greene, D.J. Shockley and Matthew Stafford] were pretty good at it, but he takes it to another level … You hope [a quarterback] can get you out of a bad situation [at the line of scrimmage] and into a good one, but he’s getting where he can turn a good situation into a great one.”
2. Perhaps not coincidentally, the Georgia offense has become something to behold. The Bulldogs are 13th nationally in total yards, ninth in points. Against Vandy they drove for seven touchdowns, not one of them off a turnover. The shortest of those seven scoring drives was 47 yards. (The others spanned 88, 57, 96, 63, 61 and 71 yards.) Nine different Bulldogs caught passes. One freshman tailback (Todd Gurley) rushed for 130 yards, and the other (Keith Marshall) broke a 52-yard touchdown. And offensive coordinator Mike Bobo brewed a potent blend of power and finesse — 47 rushes for 302 yards, 26 passes for 265.
3. Oh, almost forgot. Georgia plays some defense, too. “Anytime you can hold a team to no touchdowns, that’s a big statement in this league,” said defensive coordinator Todd Grantham, relishing the damage his men inflicted on James Franklin’s team. (”We had a group hug,” said Grantham, speaking of last year’s postgame debate adversary. And yes, Grantham was kidding. Franklin and Grantham only shook hands Saturday night.) Then Grantham offered this cheery (for Georgia, if not its opponents) note: “As we move forward, we can get better.” Indeed, Alec Ogletree and Bacarri Rambo, neither of whom has played a down this season, figure to come off suspension against Tennessee on Saturday
By Mark Bradley