The Georgia offense hasn’t been terribly various this season. Entering the Auburn game, RBs Nick Chubb and Sony Michel acquired combined for 230 bears, 1,577 yards (6.9 per carry), and 18 rushing TDs. Georgia frequently needed to do bit more than hands off to each of them 10 to 15 situations apiece and also to victory.
Freshman QB Jake Fromm had thrown 20 or even more passes only 3 x prior to the Auburn game, even though he’d looked promising, Florida and South Carolina players had publicly wondered just how he’d respond if forced to transport the offense.
Auburn forced UGA to move 29 situations, which yielded Georgia 6.3 yards per throw and 184 yards total plus a single TD complete and four sacks. Chubb and Michel blended for 20 bears that brought the Bulldogs 2.4 yards per bring and a one-yard TD.
Nothing was really working for Georgia, and that was first a testament to an Auburn defense that is playing leading-10 defense this season.
1. Stopping the run
The Dawgs came at Auburn early and frequently with the same runs they’d used to ride roughshod over everybody else. The Tigers responded with their same hybrid nickel defense they’d utilized against most everybody else.
The Dawgs tried an inside zone run from a four-receiver set, using action to create a run/pass conflict on the center linebacker. After that, it’s a straightforward “throw or hands off” read for Fromm, based about how the center linebacker responds:
This isn’t a great design for the Dawgs, since the only double-team block they get is on the boundary (here, the proper side) DE. The weakside linebacker Tre Williams (who makes the tackle) and the nose tackle end up with a two-on-one against the guts.
Later, they returned with their duo take up, made to get double teams in the DL:
The offensive line’s younger right side fails to get movement on nose tackle Derrick Dark brown, but their LT/LG tandem of Isaiah Wynn and Kendall Baker maul the 3-technique DT. The issue is the block by the TE on strong aspect end Nick Coe (No. 91), who drives the TE down the line to close the crease. This run is supposed to work like a power strategy, mailing the ball downhill between a double crew and a kick-out block, but the kick-out fails.
In both examples, Auburn covers perimeter options with a nickel or safety, forcing the ball to be run inside, many like Georgia loves to do. Wherever Georgia’s patterns relied on single-crew blocking, UGA generally struggled to move Auburn’s linemen off the ball, and, in many instances, even allowed single-teamed linemen to make the tackle.
On this split zone function the Dawgs got double groups on both play-aspect DL (the linemen the action is going toward), and the ball nonetheless had to bounce outside, in which a safety ran it down.
There isn’t much to be adjusted here for Georgia. Effective take up action or even more dropback passing could quite possibly elicit even more conservative coverages from Auburn, with safeties participating in a bit less intense in run support, but the bigger issue for Georgia was an inability to gain at the point of attack.
2. Dropping back to pass also provided other issues for Georgia.
The biggest was that their tackle tandem of 6’2 LT Wynn and true freshman RT Andrew Thomas wasn’t equipped to handle Auburn’s DEs, particularly “buck” Jeff Holland. Auburn liked to complement Holland on Thomas and wreak havoc off the border:
Fromm is at the most notable of his drop, and Holland is already there. DT Marlon Davidson (No. 3) is also arriving, following the RG and C tandem struggled to move off the Tiger DTs on the twist.
That’d be an issue again in this game:
Fromm techniques up in the pocket to avoid Holland, but both DTs break through on the twist and quickly get him down. This is just base, four-man hurry, with seven Tigers dropping back coverage, but that rush gets home way too quickly to make passing the ball a great option.
Swift throws and checkdowns were also challenging, and UGA failed to convert third-and-short in multiple occasions, whilst using rub routes …
… or crack screens on swing passes:
Auburn was first pouncing on everything from its foundation defense, occasionally sprinkling found in blitzes, and Georgia wasn’t finding much breathing room on anything. That they had some accomplishment throwing down the discipline to big Javon Wims, but Auburn’s pressure managed to get hard to toss deep.
3. Can Auburn’s defense do that once more? And if so, yet another after that?
The Tigers’ roadmap to an excellent close to this season includes cruising past ULM, defeating Alabama at home, and beating Georgia in a rematch at the SEC title game. If indeed they can achieve all that, they’d oftimes be invited to the Playoff despite two close road losses to Clemson and LSU.
The trick of the 2017 Alabama Crimson Tide is that despite having among their better OLs in recent seasons, Jalen Hurts is another QB who puts a ceiling on a run-first team’s passing game. His passer rating has better to No. 21 this season, though that nonetheless trails Fromm’s. Like Fromm, Hurts has seldom had to gain a close game without operate support. In previous week’s struggle against Mississippi State, the Tide nonetheless averaged 5.32 per hold.
If you can give up the function and force passing downs, they become very stoppable. Bama ranks No. 49 in third down conversions and No. 87 in Passing Downs Success Amount. Auburn’s DL could have their work chop out for them but could cause real complications for the Tide.
In a rematch with Georgia, it’s hard to check out many of the dynamics changing in advance. In Round 1, Auburn merely outclassed a young squad of big males.
To generate offense against Auburn requires dropping again and making the linebackers worry about covering routes in the centre or attacking the cornerbacks straight down the sidelines, when they’re isolated by coverages that involve the safeties in the function game. The Tigers have a tendency to play things really basic and rely on durability and athleticism, even though they once in a while present an enticing focus on for a operate, it’s hard to beat their big DL or speedy secondary.
The Tigers play fast in basic schemes and usually really know what they’re about. You’re either likely to out-execute them in advance and wish their safeties don’t tidy items up, or you out-execute them down the discipline in the passing game. If the latter under no circumstances happens, Auburn may not be done shocking the universe.