After Alabama's "Blackout" rout of Georgia in 2008 reversed the directions of both programs, the Bulldogs get a second chance. Now the roles have switched up.
Georgia Tech's flexbone offense has caused Georgia's defensive ends to make more tackles than they are used to, so the Bulldog DEs are ready to be tested on Saturday.
Georgia's defense started slowly against Georgia Southern's difficult flexbone offense, but a solid second half gives the Bulldogs confidence facing a similar Georgia Tech offense next weekend.
Among the few black marks in defensive coordinator Todd Grantham's Georgia tenure is an inability to stop South Carolina tailback Marcus Lattimore -- particularly late when the Bulldogs need a stop the most.
There were a lot of inexperience at inside linebacker for Georgia in 2011, but the experience gained should help the Bulldogs in 2012.
With the offensive leaders rooting for the offense on both sides of the ball, and the somewhat depleted defense making some solid plays nonetheless, Georgia's G-Day game had its moments.
Talk of LSU playing for the national title regardless of Saturday's outcome has, understandably, mounted a chip on the shoulders of a Georgia team that has won 10 straight games.
It wasn't long into the game against Kentucky that Georgia's defense knew it was all on them. After a lackluster first quarter, they buckled down and saved the day.
Georgia hasn't had its full complement of defenders since fall practice, but they're all healthy and ready to go against Florida.
Kwame Geathers and John Jenkins are the middlemen in the resurgence of the Georgia defense.
Georgia's defense has hit its stride during the Bulldogs' four-game winning streak.
Mark Richt says loss to Mississippi State last season is one that still sticks wit him, ane he's eager for a shot at redemption between the hedges.
Georgia didn't use a no-huddle offense at all last season, but it's beginning to yield positive results this season in its early stages.
Injuries forced Mike Gilliard to step into a starting spot at inside linebacker, and he has performed better than expected.
Senior walk-on Jeremy Sulek has been pressed into duty at linebacker but has performed admirably, as have other walk-ons during the Mark Richt era.