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Halftime analysis: Seven thoughts

Seven thoughts and observations as No. 9 Georgia is edging Charleston Southern 38-0 at halftime.

1. As I said on Friday's podcast - obviously you heard it, because it's a great show and you never miss it, but I'll repeat it - Georgia never really has any problems with these types of opponents. Charleston Southern came in 8-3 and played another SEC team (albeit Vanderbilt) to within one point. Georgia had the potential danger of a letdown after last week, and a look-ahead to next week. And yet ... Georgia scored touchdowns on its first play from scrimmage, two of its first three plays, and three of its first eight plays. At one point late in the second quarter Georgia had the edge in total yardage, 337-25.

2. If Georgia wanted to - and I'm pretty sure it doesn't care, but what the hell - it could get Nick Chubb at least in the conversation to go to New York for the Heisman ceremony. It's just not a high priority, and understandably so. But Chubb now has 11,52 yards for the season (in only six starts), adding 103 so far today along with two more touchdowns. Chubb's 83-yard toucchdown run on Georgia's third play was the longest for a Georgia player since 1985, when Tim Worley went 89 yards. (Worley, now a motivational speaker, spoke to the team earlier this season.)

3. Sony Michel came in on the third series, and has carried it five times for 21 yards. He doesn't look like he has the explosiveness back yet, which is predictable coming off an ankle injury. But it's good for Michel to at least get some action heading into next week, and the further he gets away from the injury the more he's likely to help the Bulldogs next week, and if need be the week after that.

4. Hey, a Justin Scott-Wesley sighting! And a touchdown, at that. The junior receiver, who had yet to catch a pass since returning from ACL surgery, hauled in a 19-yard pass for a score in the first quarter. And Jonathon Rumph, everyone's favorite, has three catches for 41 yards. But the passing stars of this game are Hutson Mason (10-for-12, 187 yards, three touchdowns) and Chris Conley. The two hooked up twice on touchdowns, with Conley providing a SportCenter highlight on the second one, a leaping 23-yard grab in the back of the end zone.

5. This isn't the game where you want anyone hurt, much less the only defensive back to start every game this season. But freshman defensive back Dominick Sanders left the game with a left leg injury in the first quarter. Sanders had to be carried off and was unable to put weight on his left leg. The injury was announced a bruise, and Sanders has a chance to play next week if it's only that. But initial diagnosis aren't always accurate, so we shall see.

6. Freshman Malkom Parrish seeing a lot of playing time in the nickel package. This summer Parrish was expected to be the freshman defensive back in lime for immediate playing time, but it ended up taking awhile. I would describe Parrish as being built "compact," small of height but muscular and fast. You can see why they liked him as a prospect. Parrish and Carter were trading off depending on the situation, with Parrish coming on for nickel situations.

7. You'd figure Georgia will empty the bench in the second half. Mason and Chubb probably won't play much more, if at all. Jeremy Pruitt started to sprinkle in some reserves (including Davin Bellamy) in the second quarter, and it'll be interesting to see how long he and the offense stick with the regulars. At minimum I think you'll get a good look at quarterbacks Brice Ramsey and Faton Bauta, and tailback Brendan Douglas, as well as Michel if they want to keep getting him back into form.

Bonus point: Aaron Murray's introduction in the first quarter was the loudest the crowd got. People came expecting a blowout, and they're getting it.