Bowl Bits: Georgia 37, Louisville 14 (Belk Bowl)

Nick Chubb was just too much for the Louisville defense to handle
Nick Chubb was just too much for the Louisville defense to handle. (USATSI)

Even though Georgia lost quarterback Hutson Mason in the first half of this contest, it didn't matter, as the Bulldogs ground game proved to be too much for Louisville with UGA winning 37-14.

Story of the game: It was somewhat surprising that Georgia was able to run the ball as effectively as it did. Not because we aren't used to seeing the Bulldogs run the ball but because this Louisville defense entered the game allowing only 93.7 rushing yards per game and 2.9 yards per carry. Of course, Louisville never had to play a team with Nick Chubb and Sony Michel during the regular season.

Those two led the way for the Georgia offense, which lost Mason to what was called "vision issues" in the first half. 

As for Louisville, it's not clear whether the Cardinals would have performed better in this game with Will Gardner, but Kyle Bolin and Reggie Bonnafon clearly weren't the answer. While DeVante Parker can work his way to 120 yards with you playing quarterback if he has to, there just weren't any other threats on Louisville's offense in this game, and it's hard to play one-on-eleven.

Player of the game: The one and only Chubb. You watch this kid play and you forget that he's a true freshman because he just looks so much better than everybody else on the field. Chubb set both a Georgia record and a Belk Bowl record for rushing yards, finishing the day with 269 yards and two touchdowns. That gives him 1,550 yards on the season, which is the fourth-highest single season total in Georgia history.

The top three totals all belong to Herschel Walker, and any time you're being included in the same sentence as Walker, it's a good thing. In fact, the only time it'd be a bad thing is if somebody was asking, "You gave up how many draft picks for Herschel Walker!?"

Highlight of the game: Nick Chubb Nick Chubb Nick Chubb Nick Chubb.

Tweet of the game:

I only include this tweet because my mother bought me a Kohl's gift certificate for Christmas. We don't have Belk in Chicago. Anyway, thanks mom!

Grade: C-. As far as this game being competitive, the grade was more of a "D" than anything, but the performance of Chubb alone was worth the "C." I had hoped a game between two ranked teams would have been more competitive, but as I said earlier, Louisville just didn't have the offense to compete with Georgia in Charlotte. 

CBS Sports Writer

Tom Fornelli has been a college football writer at CBS Sports since 2010. During his time at CBS, Tom has proven time and again that he hates your favorite team and thinks your rival is a paragon of football... Full Bio

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