Georgia Invades Notre Dame In 20-19 Win: 3 Things That Matter
Check out 3 Quick Game Thoughts on Georgia’s terrific win over Notre Dame.
Georgia 20, Notre Dame 19
Score: Georgia 20, Notre Dame 19
Prediction: Notre Dame 23, Georgia 20
1. Ladies and gentlemen, your 2017 Georgia defense
The running game was struggling, a true freshman was getting his first start in one of college football’s most amazing stadiums – and on a massive stage – and Notre Dame had an improved offense and better attitude going into the showdown.
And the Bulldog defense made everything okay.
Give Fromm credit for coming through with a good enough performance, and give a whole lot of love to the Bulldog receivers who made a slew of big-time plays – highlighted by the Terry Godwin touchdown catch – but it was the defense that saved the day.
Notre Dame was held to 266 yards of total offense, only converted 3-of-17 third down chances, and forced two turnovers including the game-sealer on a blindside play with the pass rush ramping the aggressiveness to another level against an NFL-caliber line.
This looked like a defense to win the SEC East with. This looked like a defense that might just carry this team long enough so Fromm and the offense can mature.
Just wait. Notre Dame’s offense will explode as the season goes on, and this performance will look better and better.
2. The crushing loss for Notre Dame it couldn’t afford
Ohio State lost at home to Oklahoma, but it’s still alive. Run the table, win the Big Ten title, and get into the College Football Playoff. If the Buckeyes lose again, but still win the B1G, they could still get in.
Stanford could end up getting a rematch with USC in the Pac-12 championship. All teams in Power Five conferences with one loss are still alive.
But, obviously, Notre Dame is different. This was a close loss that could’ve gone either way, and this proved that the team is better than last year, but there’s still a date at Michigan State to deal with. There’s still USC and NC State to face at home. There’s still a trip to Miami, and there’s still a showdown at Stanford.
And the Irish have to win them all.
The 2015 team would’ve gotten into the College Football Playoff if it held on against Stanford, but it lost, finished with two defeats, and that was it. A win over Georgia would’ve propelled the Irish into talk about all the possibilities of something special, and that’s gone now.
3. Oh yeah, and Georgia has the running backs, too
The defense is going to carry the Bulldogs far, but having a 1-2 rushing punch of Nick Chubb and Sony Michel is the ultimate security blanket.
These two combined for 26 carries for 136 yards and a score – they didn’t get the ball enough.
Until Fromm gets more comfortable – or even more comfortable than he was in South Bend – the offense has to keep feeding the stars.
Georgia has two NFL running backs who need the ball more than 26 times. They were effective, they were powerful when they had to be, and they kept making things happen on big downs.
Run them, and then run them some more.
Run the pro running backs, rely on the amazing defense, hope your quarterback can hit his third down passes.
It’s worked for Alabama.