Aaron Murray is no pushover vs. ranked opponents

Aaron Murray is no pushover vs. ranked opponents
September 27, 2013, 12:15 pm
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There has been much criticism of senior quarterback Aaron Murray in the big games—specifically the ones against ranked opponents.

However, Murray had a great game against then No.6 South Carolina just a few weeks ago and proved to be a powerhouse threat in the 41-30 victory. Murray will look to prove himself once more in the Bulldog’s third top-10 showdown this Saturday against LSU.

Last week against North Texas, Murray was 22-of-30 for 408 yards. He also completed a career long touchdown pass to freshman wide receiver Reggie Davis. Georgia brings a potent and effective passing game this week as Murray leads the Southeastern Conference with 346.7 passing yards per game. 

But Murray’s numbers don’t look so good against ranked opponents. For Murray to shed his reputation of underperforming against ranked teams he will need to have a nearly perfect game against LSU.

Murray has a 5-11 record against ranked opponents over the four years he’s been at Georgia, including a previous 42-10 loss to LSU during the SEC Championship Game in 2011. Looking back, Murray’s reputation may be unwarranted. Against ranked teams, his quarterback rating in 2012 was 133.50, 128.65 in 2011 and 133.42 in 2010.

There are memorable failures—losses in the final minutes—in Murray’s past. But overall the Bulldogs quarterback plays well when it’s crunch time. Quarterbacks are constantly under the spotlight, for good or for bad, and this week Murray will have a chance to silence critics and keep his team in the hunt for a national championship.

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