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Opponent preview: Georgia’s offense

Georgia’s Achilles’ heel? Its offense.

NCAA Football: Georgia at Kentucky Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports

STARKVILLE, Miss. — Mississippi State hits the road this week to face the No. 13 Georgia Bulldogs at Sanford Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. CT.

The Georgia Bulldogs began the season 3-0. The Bulldogs then fell to then-No. 2 Alabama. After that, they squeaked by with a 14-3 win over Kentucky and then fell 44-28 to the then-No. 8 Florida Gators.

The Georgia pass game has been in rough shape since halftime of the Alabama game. Because of that, the Bulldogs have been a run-heavy offense for most of the season.

Georgia ranks ninth in the Southeastern Conference in total offense, 11th in passing offense, fifth in rushing offense and sixth in scoring offense. The Bulldogs have scored an average of 29.0 points per game and have accumulated an average of 382.8 yards of total offense per game, including 209.3 yards passing and 173.5 yards rushing.

Junior quarterback Stetson Bennett leads Georgia with 1,167 yards, eight touchdowns and six interceptions on 85-of-153 passing.

Bennett suffered an AC sprain in his shoulder against the Gators two weeks ago and was replaced by redshirt freshman quarterback D’Wan Mathis. Mathis also had his struggles and Georgia’s offense became stagnant.

Redshirt sophomore quarterback JT Daniels, a former five-star recruit who transferred from Southern California to Georgia earlier this year, is expected to make his long-awaited Georgia debut. Daniels was the starter at USC before suffering a season-ending torn ACL in the first game of last season. The 6-foot-3, 210-pounder threw for 2,672 yards, 14 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in 11 games as a freshman.

Redshirt sophomore wide receiver Kearis Jackson leads Georgia with 27 catches for 396 yards receiving and two scores. The Bulldogs are also expected to get sophomore wide receiver George Pickens back from injury this week. He has made 13 catches for 140 yards and two scores in four games played.

The Georgia rushing attack is led by redshirt sophomore running back Zamir White, who has carried the ball 97 times for 509 yards (5.2 average) and seven touchdowns.

You can watch the battle of the Bulldogs on SEC Network.