No. 3 Georgia begins its title defense in earnest on Saturday, as it hosts No. 11 Oregon in an NFL atmosphere at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Stetson Bennett is back with the Bulldogs for his final year of eligibility, as he looks to get Georgia’s trip to Sofi Stadium off to a good start.
Oregon, meanwhile, will be led by Auburn transfer Bo Nix, who brings 7,251 passing yards, 39 touchdowns and 16 interceptions to Dan Lanning’s offense. Lanning, who had been Georgia’s offensive coordinator since 2019 before being poached by the Ducks this offseason, will make his debut against his former team.
The game to watch will be in the trenches. Georgia still has an elite passing rush, and Oregon sports a veteran offensive line that may be able to hold its own. If Georgia blasts Oregon’s front five early, expect it to be a long day for the Ducks. If the big men hold out, this game could be close.
Georgia also has top pass catchers, including tight tandem Brock Bowers and Darnell Washington. Oregon’s deep linebacker corps slowing down this duo will also be key to Oregon’s success.
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Georgia vs. Oregon Live Updates, Week 1 Game Highlights
6:10 p.m. — The third quarter ends with Beck and the Bulldogs once again within striking distance. Georgia 42, Oregon 3
6:07 p.m. — Bennett is offside for Georgia and Carson Beck is in his place. He has 368 yards for two touchdowns with 25 of 31 passes. Just a dissection offensively.
6:04 p.m. — Nix felt pressure down the middle almost the entire game. On that third down, he throws an incompleteness and Oregon has to throw again.
5:59 p.m. — It looked like Oregon finally had a big play, but Christopher Smith smokes Chase Cota in the open field and injures them both on the play (looks like the wind has been knocked out). Good throw from Nix, just stayed in the air a moment too long.
5:52 p.m. — Seriously, what the hell can you do. Bennett sets up a 50/50 ball for AD Mitchell which Mitchell runs down with relative ease to put Georgia up 42-3. Kirby Smart is working Lanning today. Georgia 42, Oregon 3.
5:50 p.m. — Georgia converts the third down again, making it 8 of 8 on the game. Oregon’s defense can’t do much.
5:48 p.m. — Some profanity caught the hot mic there, as Bennett has a rare miss to McConkey on the first down. The offense otherwise remained buzzing.
5:45 p.m. — Linebacker Jeffrey Bassa is down for Oregon.
5:44 p.m. — Bennett and Georgia have gotten half way too cute. Bennett returned an underhand pass on a shovel pass attempt under pressure, but they immediately responded with a sweep to Edwards which earned them a first down. Georgia still hasn’t kicked.
5:41 p.m. — On the third and the 11th, Oregon again chooses to run for the dollars, and it is stopped short. Nix punts with a quick kick. Not a particularly encouraging streak for Nix, all things considered.
5:39 p.m. — If there’s anything good to take from this game for Oregon, it’s a good offense on third down. Sean Dollars converts the third and the 7, putting the Ducks up 6 of 8 that day.
5:32 p.m. — Easy for the Bulldogs, as Milton escapes into the backfield and brings it in from 11 yards. Georgia did not miss a step when leaving the locker room. Georgia 35, Oregon 3.
5:30 p.m. — Oregon’s defense immediately stumbles out of the gate, as Georgia drives deep into Oregon territory just over a minute into halftime. They’ve gotten them through the passing game so far.
5:06 p.m. – Bennett heads into halftime with 254 yards on 18 of 21 passes, 80 of those yards to McIntosh out of the backfield. Georgia has just 59 rushing yards.
Nix, meanwhile, has 104 passing yards on 13 of 20 passes but two grueling interceptions. Oregon showed some things offensively, but the walls keep coming down as they move down the field. Georgia 28, Oregon 3
5:06 p.m. — Oregon is trying to shake things up before halftime, but there just isn’t enough time. Lots of foot-dragging with timeouts from Oregon and Georgia end in a Hail Mary, which goes incomplete after pressure on Nix. Georgia will release the ball at halftime.
4:58 p.m. — Georgia 28, Oregon 3
4:57 p.m. — Georgia tackled this drive with almost no urgency, but they still have their way. An Alvin Kamara-esque route from McIntosh goes for 37 yards inside the Oregon five, and Bennett immediately scores to McConkey with a disappearing act. The snowball continues to roll down.
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4:55 p.m. — Oregon thought he had recovered a fumble from McConkey, but officials ruled it out. Oregon retains possession.
4:51 p.m. — Georgia’s red zone defense was the best in the nation last season, giving up touchdowns on 28 percent of opposing trips. This trend continues this year. He also gave touchdowns Where field goals 63.33% of the time, also the best in the country.
4:46 p.m. — After an incompleteness that was nearly a third pick, Oregon converts a basket to make it Georgia 21, Oregon 3. The Ducks are on the board, but they have a lot of work to do.
4:44 p.m. — Boos are raining down on officials right now for an unnecessary Georgia call and have been for about four games. Georgia will now have third and 16 with about a yard between the red zone chains. Hard game here.
4:42 p.m. — A nifty little trick played there from Oregon allows Nix to enter space, and once against we see Oregon in Georgia territory. They executed a double backhand in a flicker of chips that brought Nix to the Georgia 28. Now, just outside the 10, we’ll see if they can get in.
4:39 p.m. — The third and the first, Oregon converts by a hair on its next trip. If this game is to be recovered, this disc is going to be huge.
4:34 p.m. — Once again, Georgia wasted no time shooting, as Kenny McIntosh scored from one yard out. Six plays, 56 yards, 3:46 down on Nix’s interception. That’s 14 turnover points. Georgia 21, Oregon 0.
4:31 p.m. — Justin Flowe isn’t hit by targeting, so that’s just roughing it. Georgia first and Oregon 20 10.
4:26 p.m. — Bennett just stood in the pocket, flat-footed, for about four seconds before completing a pass to Adonai Mitchell for a first down, and Oregon is hit with a rough passer who is being reviewed for the targeting.
4:22 p.m. — BRUTAL interception from Nix because he just couldn’t read the defense on a one-read play. Georgia followed his eyes, and it’s Georgia ball again. It spoils quickly.
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4:20 p.m. — Really taking advantage of Oregon’s third offense. Another nice fake shoulder from Nix puts Mar’Keise Irving in space.
4:18 p.m. — Thanks to Oregon’s offense, they move the ball quite well. Another contrarian play call allows them to get a first on third and 8 to avoid a sinister 3 and out. But yards against Georgia are getting harder and harder to come by as that momentum continues.
4:14 p.m. — Coming out of a false play, Bennett essentially opposes the overloaded offensive line. Georgia 14, Oregon 0 after a seven-play, 92-yard drive that fell just 3:37 behind.
4:09 p.m. — Oregon needs to find a way to stop the bleeding here. Georgia is rolling again and deep in Ducks territory. Bennett is already more than 150 yards away. Bowers, McConkey and McIntosh have 30+ receptions. Everything clicks early for the Dawgs.
4:06 p.m. — Starks, for those who care, a real freshman. A popular recruit. Keep an eye on him.
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4:02 p.m. — Nix is picked on his first aerial game for the Ducks, as Malaki Starks makes an outstanding interception on a 50/50 ball that has never looked close to 50/50. Once again the disc sputters and Georgia will have the ball deep in their own territory.
4 p.m. — On their next drive, Oregon lands another quick first down. The focus now must be consistency and sustained workouts after an alarmingly easy Georgia workout.
3:55 p.m. — Crazy looking play design from Georgia, as a misdirected jet sweep to Ladd McConkey nets them six. Great away play puts Georgia on the board. Georgia 7, Oregon 0.
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3:51 p.m. — Georgia converts on its first Test of third down, converting an easy curl route to Marcus Rosemy-Jacksaint. On the ensuing play, Bennett feels some pressure down the middle for the second time this drive.
3:50 p.m. — Kenny McIntosh picks up the Georgia line on running backs, making some nifty moves on the touchline for a big win on second and second. Georgia has now passed Oregon 40 in its first race.
3:44 p.m. — Georgia works things out easily, going from a bubble screen to a swing pass to get back-to-back first downs. Oregon needs to be better laterally on defense.
3:44 p.m. — The drive faltered soon after, with Nix trying to hit his man on a wheelie route before the head moved. Field will return to Georgia, as Stetson Bennett takes the field for the first time.
3:40 p.m. — Crowd noise is already a factor early on, as Oregon is baited into a false start on third and third. Oregon, for its part, is still able to convert and keep the reader alive. Big first down to avoid the 3-and-out for the Ducks.
3:38 p.m. — Oregon gets off to an inauspicious start on the opening kickoff as the Bulldogs invade the inside kick return of the 15. Bo Nix still has a long way to go in his coaching practice. opening.
3:35 p.m. — Both teams took the field, as Bo Nix leads the Ducks against former SEC rival Georgia and its ever-fierce defense. Dan Lanning’s debut as head coach is fast approaching against his former team. Can he antagonize Kirby Smart to start his career?
3:10 p.m. — Welcome to Week 1 of College Football! We have a top-15 game on the way, as No. 3 Georgia prepares to face No. 11 Oregon at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia.