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Five Thoughts On Georgia's 45-21 Win Over Clemson

A lot of good things came out of Georgia's win on Saturday over Clemson in Athens.

Here's my five thoughts on what we saw Saturday...

1 - Being a running back isn't what it used to be. It's not the glamourous position that it once was, just look at the running backs released around the NFL over the weekend. Todd Gurley is different. When healthy, (and he's definitely healthy) Gurley is a beast. He's the best player in college football. 198 yards rushing, 3 touchdowns, 100 yard kickoff return for a score that broke Clemson's spirit. The Tigers never recovered. Fantastic night for Gurley.

2 - As good as Georgia looked at times on Saturday, there is still room for improvement. This team could be even better. Gurley was tremendous, Nick Chubb and Sony Michel had nice games. Keith Marshall never got going amassing just eight yards on six carries. This offense can be even better when Marshall finds his stride and can pick up some slack if Gurley ever struggles. Gurley, Marshall, Michel and Chubb give Georgia a four-headed rushing attack that's got to be the nation's best. Hutson Mason was okay. He did nothing to hurt Georgia or cost them the game. 18 of 26 passing for 131 yards, 0 TD's and 0 INT's. You have to think Mason will only get better as he gets more comfortable leading this offense. Georgia piled up 45 points and 459 yards of total offense without their two best wide receivers. Malcom Mitchell and Justin Scott-Wesley will hopefully return soon. Mitchell with an injury should be ready to suit up for South Carolina after another week of rest. Scott-Wesley set out the Clemson game after an off season arrest and should give Mason another weapon to face the Gamecocks. Michael Bennett was steady Saturday and Georgia got production from Jay Rome and Chris Conley. But you have to feel the passing game is a part of this Georgia offense that has yet to be tapped into.

3 - The Georgia offensive line did a very good job against a Clemson defensive front that came into the game with high expectations. David Andrews is the leader up front for the Dawgs and he's playing at an All-American level. John Theus held Vic Beasley in check. The Georgia offensive line has been the single most disappointing position group in the SEC over the last few years. Talented but lacking production. Let's give them a few weeks and see how they perform but certainly right now this group is playing at a level you would expect from an experienced offensive line.

4 - Georgia is physically in as good a shape as we've seen in...well, forever. It was hot Saturday night. Georgia didn't wilt, they got stronger as the game went on.

5 - When you make a hire in college football you have to make one that makes an impact. When Mark Richt hired Jeremy Pruitt from Florida State, he made an impact. Pruitt's impact on this Georgia defense was felt on Saturday. Clemson played a great first quarter and they were pretty good for a quarter and a half. Pruitt made some adjustments and Georgia shut Clemson down. Clemson managed only one first down and 15 yards of total offense in the second half. The Tigers managed only two yards per rush attempt for the entire game and finished with less than 300 yards of total offense.

Random Notes and Thoughts on the First Weekend of College Football

Aaron Murray made the Chiefs roster as the number 3 quarterback. KC has put former Tennessee QB Tyler Bray on IR.
The Jets waived former Clemson QB Tajh Boyd and former Tennessee QB Matt Sims.
Les Miles is now 36-0 at LSU against non-conference opponents.
Penn State won in James Franklin's first game as Head Coach on a field goal as time expired.
Is there a worse way to begin your career as a head coach than the way Derrick Mason did at Vandy? Losing to Temple on Thursday night is a huge step back for a program coming off consecutive 9-win seasons.
Brett Hundley from UCLA is not going to win the Heisman and UCLA isn't going to be anywhere near the National Championship game. The UCLA offensive line is terrible. Hundley has been sacked more times than any other quarterback the last two years. The UCLA offensive line allowed Virginia's below average defense to look like the '85 Bears. UCLA

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