A tune-up was all it was for College Football Playoff hopeful Georgia.
The No. 9-ranked Bulldogs dispatched Louisiana-Monroe with ease Saturday, winning 51-14 to start the season. Thanks to a lightning delay, they didn't even have to play a full four quarters, as the game was called with just under 10 minutes remaining.
But the home debut was nonetheless fruitful for Georgia coach Mark Richt, who had to like what he saw from his offense -- in particular the play of his new starting quarterback and a backup running back who suddenly has the look of a playmaker.
What the win means for Georgia: Greyson Lambert is Georgia’s starting QB for now. Nothing he did against ULM cost him the job heading into next weekend’s matchup against Vanderbilt. The graduate transfer by way of Virginia was solid in his debut, managing the offense well while completing 8 of 12 passes for 141 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions.
What the loss means for Louisiana-Monroe: At least the Warhawks got paid for the pleasure of losing to an SEC power. A $1 million-plus check makes a 37-point beating a little more bearable. But what has to trouble coach Todd Berry is how inept his defense was, missing a number of arm tackles. With Nicholls State at home next weekend, Louisiana-Monroe will be able to get back on track.
Player of the game: Nick Chubb can't be stopped. Even with a relatively light number of carries (16), the Heisman Trophy hopeful did his usual thing, rushing for 120 yards and two touchdowns. It was the sophomore's ninth consecutive 100-yard rushing game.
Unsung hero of the game: He’s not going to knock Chubb off his perch at running back, but Sony Michel is clearly aiming to have a larger say in the offense. Georgia’s explosive sophomore showed off his versatility, lining up at running back and receiver against ULM. All told, he rushed for 41 yards on six carries and caught two passes for 79 yards and one touchdown.