Mississippi State and Georgia Collide in Top 20 Showdown
Raise your hand if you had Georgia-Mississippi State circled as a big time SEC match-up this season, but that’s what we’ve got Saturday between the hedges.
Both teams are unbeaten, and ranked in the top twenty.
Mississippi State thumped LSU by thirty last weekend. But the celebration ended when Bulldogs head coach Dan Mullen looked at his schedule.
Said Mullen:”One of the great things in the SEC unlike just about every other conference. Usually you get a big time win over a top 15 team. You load up, and you play a team that’s ranked even higher the next week.”
Welcome to the SEC bro. And right now, State is king of the league in two big stats.
Reporter:”Coach, leading the league in scoring and second in scoring defense. Are either of those statistics surprising to you?”
Said Mullen:”I would feel great about it if we had played 12 games right now, but after three, we’ll see.”
Georgia did a nice job containing Notre Dame dual-threat quarterback Brandon Wimbush, but Mississippi State dual-threat quarterback Nick Fitzgerald might be a bigger challenge.
Said Georgia head coach Kirby Smart:”Nick is a unique quarterback. His length. His ability to see over. He’s a lot faster than you think. Deceptively. I think that’s different. I think Wimbush had a little more quick twitch. This kid is long and fast, and when he gets loose on you, you see him running away from SEC defenses.”
Said Georgia safety J.R. Reed:”He’s a lot bigger guy. He can really throw it better than Wimbush, and he plays to win. This guy wants to run you over.”
Georgia’s quarterbacks don’t run like Fitzgerald, and they don’t have to with Sony Michel and Nick Chubb in the backfield.
Said Mullen:”They have two of the top running backs in the country and both of them have a little different style. I’ve always been a big believer in that. Those two guys can run the same play, but it’s going to be very different depending on who runs it just because of the style of the backs.”