The University of Georgia Bulldogs posted their 11th straight victory with a dominating performance against Arizona State in Tempe.
This game saw the UGA pass rush finally making some progress, albeit against a lesser quality OL than they will see in the coming weeks. There were still far too many penalties, even discounting one or two that were completely fabricated by the ridiculously incompetent Pac-10 crew, and the UGA backfield is still sorely missing Brannan Southerland. However, the positives certainly outweigh the negatives this week and the Dawgs managed to hold on to their lofty ranking for once.
The main story from this game though is a true freshman wide-out from Summerville, SC. Anyone who even slightly follows recruiting knows who AJ Green is. He was a youtube sensation long before he ever played a down of college ball. But Saturday night in the desert was AJ's official introduction to the college football world.
On the first play from scrimmage, Georgia QB Matthew Stafford tried to hit Green deep in man coverage. Stafford overthrew the pass by a yard or so, but for the rest of the first half, AJ Green was blowing up the Sun Devil secondary. He finished the game with 8 catches for 159 yards and a TD. Seven of his catches came in the first half against man coverage. Green will almost certainly draw early double teams from Georgia's next few opponents. When that happens, expect to see Knowshon Moreno running wild and Mohammed Massaquoi getting a lot more opportunities.
Green's monster night may have answered a very important question for the Dawgs. Who is going to step up and be the go to guy at receiver? Stafford has all the talent in the world, but he has yet to have a guy that he could always count on out there. If Green can become that guy, there is no limit to what this Georgia team can accomplish.