Why Georgia should not bench Nick Chubb early today

The Georgia Bulldogs have a cupcake game against the SWAC’s Southern Jaguars this afternoon, and star running back Nick Chubb will look to extend his streak of consecutive games with 100 rushing yards to 12. On the year, the young man from Cedartown, Georgia has rushed for 468 yards and four touchdowns on just 56 carries.

However, a piece by Chip Towers of Dawg Nation, part of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution family, suggests that today’s game could be the one where Chubb’s streak comes to an end. No, not because of Southern containing Chubb, but because coach Mark Richt may take him out early and rest him up for the next weekend’s game against SEC rival Alabama.

It’s understandable as to why Chubb would be taken out early in this game. Southern is an FCS team, albeit one that has gone 24-14 (20-8 SWAC) and won a conference championship under coach Dawson Odums, so to leave Chubb in for an extended period of time and risk injury in a potentially blowout game just isn’t a smart decision, especially with Sony Michel proving to be a reliable No. 2 back.

But the fact of the matter is that Chubb is on the cusp of tying a record held by former Georgia great Herschel Walker, who rushed for 100 yards in 13 consecutive games. By putting up that number today, Chubb would have a chance to tie the record on a grand scale next weekend rather than just hit the reset button.

Granted, Georgia is in a position to do great things in the SEC this season and to lose Chubb for the stretch run would put a dagger on those hopes, so keeping him in limited action today is for sure a good idea. But there’s also the fact that Georgia uses a run-heavy offense and against a team like Southern, which has allowed 150 rush yards per game leading up to this contest, it may be time for some SEC dominance to show up against an FCS opponent.

This means that Chubb should be used early and often in today’s game and unless it’s close heading into halftime, he should sit out the second half if he reaches the 100-yard plateau in the first. The Bulldogs fans love Chubb too much for the potential to tie and then break record to just be snatched away because the team has a cupcake game this weekend.

Thus, use Chubb heavily on the first series to see how well Southern can stop him, and then just go from there. Hopefully, Chubb will have another great game en route to establishing himself as the Bulldogs’ best running back since Walker.

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