Georgia is the third best team in the country according to ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit.
The longtime television analyst released his top four teams earlier this week on Twitter and had Georgia behind Alabama at one and Clemson at two. The Bulldogs are currently ahead of Penn State in Herbstreit’s final four.
Herbstreit was asked about his rankings during his appearance on Wednesday’s edition of “Mike and Mike” morning show on ESPN Radio.
“I give Georgia a little bit of a edge because of the way their defense is playing and (Jake) Fromm has been a great complement to what they’re doing with the running game,” Herbstreit said.
Georgia is currently one of the best teams at running the football this season, averaging 268.33 yards per game and ranked 11th nationally in rushing offense.
The Bulldogs have the nation’s third ranked defense, only surrendering 242.7 yards per game. Up until the second quarter of the Vanderbilt game, Georgia had not given up a touchdown in its last two games.
Georgia has been able to lean on its rushing attack this season which has covered up for an improving passing game behind true freshman Jake Fromm. That said, Herbstreit says they cannot win long-term being so one dimensional on offense.
“At some point, you’re going to get into a game where the quarterback is going to have to make plays when the world is watching and everyone knows (it’s a passing situation),” Herbstreit said. “Because right now he’s throwing a lot off the play action. They’re establishing the run and dictating when he’s throwing. They’re going to get into a game against Auburn or a game against Florida where he’s into those obvious passing situations. That’s my one concern for Georgia down the road.”
The Bulldogs are currently averaging 145.7 yards per game passing; that ranks 119th out of 130 FBS programs.
Herbstreit is not the only person who thinks this about Georgia’s passing game. Kirby Smart said the same thing about his freshman quarterback after the team’s 45-14 win at Vanderbilt.
“We’re going to have to throw the ball to win games,” Smart said. “That’s going to be the biggest thing and trying to improve the pass protection.”
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