Your past four SEC East champs: Missouri, Missouri, Florida, Florida. Georgia coulda/shouda won each time but is stuck with an -fer. Never, however, has got the path appeared more pleasing. Such may be the flimsy condition of the division the maroon Bulldogs could come here and win but still the red Bulldogs could be in pole position to experience in Atlanta. Yes, we’ve stated this many occasions before. But when not now, when?
Among two lesser lights, Georgia outlasted Notre Dame in South Bend. It’s unclear when the Irish are anything special – the guess is they aren’t – but nonetheless: It had been at worst the 2nd-best win in Kirby Smart’s 1 ¼ seasons, also it came at any given time when a lot of the East is attempting its hardest to setup housekeeping within the basement.
Georgia is 3-, none of individuals games getting come against SEC competition. That commences next Saturday against Mississippi Condition – more Bulldogs! – and also the Starkville colossus just whipped LSU 37-7. (Didn’t I say to you Erectile dysfunction Orgeron isn’t any mind coach? Will Also Muschamp.) Stated Smart of league play: “It’s the reason why you come here … It’s the greatest degree of ball. You cannot have substitution mistakes, you cannot have kicking errors, you cannot have (defensive) busts. They will set you back inside a tight game, and each game we play came from here on is going to be tight.”
Florida suspended half its roster and lost to Michigan. The Gators went 7 2/3 quarters with no offensive scoring a touchdown and nearly blew a game title Saturday. To not be surpassed, Tennessee blew exactly the same game by permitting a receiver to operate unchallenged through its secondary using the score tied and time expiring. This wasn’t to be mistaken with the Hail Mary that Jauan Jennings snagged against Georgia. This wasn’t the unpredictable finger of jump-ball fate. It was terrible defense.
Maybe. Possibly. But no East team has Georgia’s talent. If wouldn’t appear a classic UGA assemblage — while better, the offensive line still isn’t good — Jacob Eason’s injuries may have impelled the Bulldogs to experience for their remaining strengths. Have Fromm manage the sport and hands the ball to his many and opulent backs and allow the defense handle the remainder. This defense is very large-time.
Missouri opened up by yielding 43 suggests FCS Missouri Condition, then lost 31-13 to offensively challenged Sc, then fired defensive coordinator DeMontie Mix. On Saturday, the Tigers lost 35-3 to Purdue. Offensive coordinator Josh Heupel is walking gently. Buoyed by their victory within the other Columbia, the Gamecocks came back home and, pun intended, laid an egg against Kentucky, that was roundly tepid in fighting Southern Miss and Eastern Kentucky.
Georgia won 42-14, an effect which should have placated each side. There wasn’t any severe Notre Dame hangover, unless of course you count Chubb being stopped on 4th-and-1 around the game’s first series. (Although Kirby Smart, as being a coach, stated: “I really was disappointed at halftime.”) Samford counted its guarantee money and headed to Birmingham wondering whether it may have just lost to some team which will play another team from Alabama come December.
To state Georgia has demonstrated its bona fides would be to overstate. It’s beaten Appalachian Condition from the Sun Belt and, on Saturday night in Sanford Stadium, Samford, also nicknamed the Bulldogs, of FCS. (Sanford, Samford. In the event that team from Palo Alto turns up between your hedges in the near future, my typo count goes Code Red.)
Which raises Georgia. Nothing that happened at Sanford against Samford did almost anything to burnish or blemish UGA’s situation. It brought by 21 after 19 ½ minutes, getting outgained the outmanned visitors 278 yards to 23 and totaling 12 first downs to another Bulldogs’ zero. Mike Fromm put three touchdown passes. Nick Chubb rushed for 94 yards within the first quarter and would finish with 131.