ATHENS -- Greetings from Sanford Stadium. I'm sitting here in the press box with Tim Tucker, Jeff Schultz and videographer Ryan Horne. We're set to bring you wall-to-wall coverage of No. 9 Georgia's game today against North Texas.
Right now, just an hour or so before kickoff, it appears that the great majority of the Bulldog Nation has chosen to watch this game from the comfort of their homes on WPCH (SEC-TV). I was late leaving for the stadium today and just breezed right in. Understandable that the time of kickoff, the opponent and an 80 percent chance of rain might have discouraged some folks from venturing out to watch the game. However, most of the wet stuff is predicted to get here late in the afternoon and the game should be completed by then.
As I wrote in my story advancing today's game, I think this contest is all about Georgia's defense. The Mean Green (2-1) should provide a very good test for the Bulldogs' young defense. They're led by senior quarterback Derek Thompson (6-4, 230) and, including tight ends, have seven seniors in their receiving corps. North Texas comes in averaging 365 yards and just over 30 points per game.
My prediction is you'll see defensive coordinator Todd Grantham keep his starters on the field for as long as possible. More than anything his young charges need experience. So I don't expect wholesale substitutions. I suspect you'll see the same 17 to 22 players most of the day.
I don't expect that to be the case offensively. Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo was emphatic that all of the Bulldogs regulars will start today's game. But I would imagine he'll get quarterback Aaron Murray and tailbacks Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall out of the game as quick as score and situation will allow.
Kind of under the radar is the return today of place-kicker Marshall Morgan. The sophomore from Ft. Lauderdale missed the first two games due to suspension. Coach Mark Richt has bragged about Morgan's good work in practice to date. His presence should give the Bulldogs a threat outside of 40 yards. They're hoping for significant improvement from last season.
That's all for now. Remember, you can follow all the coverage of today's game here at AJC.com on the AJC Live360: #AJCGameday (brought to you by Kroger). There you can see all my tweets and the tweets of numerous others following the game.