The 2016 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, gives college football fans a SEC vs ACC matchup between No. 13 Georgia and No. 19 North Carolina. It will be the first meeting between the universities in more than 40 years.
It is a “New Day”as Kirby Smart is the head coach for Georgia after the program was headed by Mark Richt for 15 years. Smart is coming home to his alma mater and ready to take the Bulldogs to the next level after a disappointing finish in the SEC in 2015.
For Georgia, the storyline here is all about their running back Nick Chub, who will be returning from a season-ending knee injury last October. Will Chubb be back to his explosive running from last year? If Chubb is back to his normal run game his play will be huge to the Bulldogs’ offense. He will be able to break off into enough big runs that will help take some of the pressure off the Bulldogs’ passing offense.
Freshman quarterback, Jacob Eason, will led the Bulldog offense for the first time under center. Eason is the nation’s top rated quarterback from the 2016 recruiting class. Will he be ready to lead the Bulldogs to a victory over Tar Heels?
North Carolina is coming off an ACC Coastal Division title in 2015 and looking to garner more national spotlight in 2016. The Tar Heels offense will be explosive because they have veteran playmakers like wide receivers Ryan Switzer and Mack Hollins, along with a special running back, Elijah Hood. The Tar Heels should still be solid at the quarterback position with Mitch Trubisky leading the offense attack.
Georgia will face a tough North Carolina defense, led by cornerback, M.J. Stewart and calling the shots on the this Tar Heels’ defense is defensive coordinator, Gene Chizik. I would not expect the Bulldogs to just run through the North Carolina defense. However, a very healthy, Nick Chubb, and a solid run game will help the Bulldogs.
Now, Georgia defense will be ready to handle the North Carolina offense. After all, Kirby Smart was a defensive coordinator for many years at Alabama. He will have the Bulldogs defense ready to pressure and make plays against the Tar Heels.
This is going to be a fun game to watch for SEC and ACC fans to watch. Both teams will be ready to play. Smart will have the Bulldogs strong, tough, and more physical from last year and ready for the win.