Georgia football: 5 keys for the Bulldogs to win SEC Championship Game

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Use Misdirection and Speed

Football 101 dictates that if a defensive is a fast, pursuing unit (such as Georgia’s) you pound the ball straight ahead and push them back. On the flip side, for larger lines who rely on playing on the other side of the line of scrimmage, speed and misdirection can counter their strength.

The Auburn defensive line averages 6-foot-5 and 318 pounds, ranking number nine in the nation in terms of size. A lot of girth, but not a ton of speed.

The Bulldogs tried straight ahead Georgia football in the first meeting, and they may as well have been running and blocking against Stone Mountain. When the Dawgs weren’t trying to run between the tackles, they were attempting ineffective and easily read swing passes and toss sweeps.

Offensive coordinator Jim Chaney needs to switch things around in the SEC Championship Game and use some misdirection and speed to offset what the Georgia offensive line can’t stop. Reverses, screens and run-pass option plays will slow down the Tigers, or simply run right past them.