Georgia Football: What I Saw- Georgia 45, Clemson 21


For what it’s worth, this fan really says everything that needs to be said: the best sport is back.

SPRTS

If you want to delve a little deeper, though, follow along!

Meta- The Three Phases

First of all, major shout-out to the third phase, the infamous UGA Special Teams, for getting the job done with a bullet on Saturday. I thought the first punt and Adam Humphries’ backwards return set the tone for the defense’s ensuing 3-and-out. Georgia won the field position stalemate portion of the game in the third quarter, leading to the explosion. Oh, and then there was this.

Defensively, one simply can’t say enough about the Georgia second half. Regardless of schematic adjustments and personnel, Clemson is the type of offense that should be relied upon for at least a few first downs in a half. I came away stunned. The D looked more aggressive (while not leaving secondary players on islands, Todd Grantham) and most importantly, more confident.

I loved the multiple looks Pruitt provided. Floyd with his hand on the ground, off the edge, or up the middle in third-and-longs. Swann taking over as the ‘Star’ (the LaMarcus Joyner role) with everything from edge blitzes to the middle deep third. Swann is who Andrew thought he was this time last year.

The offense simply did a great job wearing Clemson down, and not really showing its hand too much while doing so. I’m not personally a fan of giving the best running back in the nation multiple breaks that end in three-and-outs, but hey, results.

After 28 games of intense Georgia-watching, I think I have a pretty good idea of Mike Bobo’s playcalls based on formation and presnap movement, but he got me a few times on Saturday. Early on, moving the slots to the backfield and showing a two-back look with both Isaiah McKenzie and Sony Michel joining TG3 was a twist I haven’t seen in Athens. Bobo broke tendency a more than a few times on Saturday, and with the talent on this offense, that’s horrifying.

Individual Performances

So many to name based on spending most of my Labor Day on the couch rewatching and napping.

TG3- If he stays healthy, he’s leaving Athens with a heavy bronze statue. Simple as that.

Michel/Chubb- Bobo’s willingness to play them in the slot as well as at traditional back is a fascinating development. You will see the jet shovel sweep to Michel like the one on Georgia’s second possession a lot, then, BAM! fake it, counter to Gurley, 6. And Chubb….lord.

Brandon Kublanow- this guy was GREAT on Saturday. He got to the second level on at least two of the 4 long TD runs, kept Grady Jarrett out of the backfield for almost all of the game, and showed the athleticism to pull as the lead guy time and time again.

Isaiah McKenzie- he had the bad drop early, but is just the shifty threat this offense was lacking.

Sterling Bailey- for the first time since I’ve been watching, Bailey was a disruptive force on defense. Like everyone else, he moved around all game, but was most impressive as a regular DE. His athleticism jumped out at me, even on a very athletic front seven.

Quincy Mauger/Corey Moore- both were a little out of position a few times, but both looked like new players after 2013. Mauger was a heat-seeking missile.

Georgia Still Chasing Bama after Saturday?


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Could we see a rematch of the greatest SEC title of all time this year? Alabama and Georgia, who both have favorable schedules, could be on a crash course to Atlanta. Georgia looked better than expected in week one, and Alabama was a little underwhelming in their debut. One thing is for sure, these two teams have the most talented running backs in the country. The trick is finding out who has the edge going forward.

Alabama: The Good 

First thing is first: WE MADE FOUR FIELD GOALS!!! That was so refreshing to see after I have been seeing kick six highlights for 6 months. Derrick Henry and TJ Yeldon both rushed for over 100 yards and 3 touchdowns. Hand one of them the ball and just get out of the way. I know I am going to get a lot of heat for this, but Lane Kiffin is a hell of an offensive coordinator. Kiffin was able to get Blake Sims to complete 65% of his passes, and have over 550 yards of total offense. I think it is time we all fess up that Kiffin knows how to coach an offense. Amare Cooper, 12 catches 130 yards (Nuff Said). Alabama has enough talent to compete with anyone going forward, and I look forward to watching Kiffin play with his new toys.

Georgia: The Good

Todd Gurley. Is there anything else that needs to go in this section, because truthfully from what I have read Todd played defense too. Gurley aside, all of the other running backs looked incredible against a highly touted Clemson defensive line. Speaking of the trenches, hats off to both the offense and defensive lines for really controlling the line of scrimmage all night. The defense had a strong second half that made the two QB’s for Clemson look like high school freshman back there.

Alabama: The Bad

For the love of Bear Bryant I cannot watch Bradley Slyve defend another pass. It was like watching Damien Swann cover anyone last year, just painful. The linebackers were not filling the gaps well, but I will give them a little slack because it was their first starts. Either way you play for the Alabama Crimson Tide, this is not Kentucky where you get effort grades. If Alabama wants to be in contention at the end of the year, the defensive backs will have to remove their heads out of a certain area of their body and play like the Crimson Tide defense that we have all come accustomed to seeing.

Georgia: The Bad

Truthfully, aside from a few missed tackles and assignments in the first half, I have no criticism.

History Repeat itself?

The only way Alabama and Georgia will end up facing each other in Atlanta, is if the QB play going forward shows us something other than turning around and handing the ball off. Do any of you remember Hutson Mason throwing a single memorable pass, or did you think Todd Gurley threw it? Blake Sims is not the long term answer for the Tide. He played an adequate game, but I just do not think he has the throwing capacity to lead the Tide all season. Until Mason, Sims, or Coker have to lead a game winning drive I do not think we will be able to put either one of these teams in the two team playoff. Aaron Murray and AJ McCarron are not there to lead these drives, one of these guys has to stand up and show they have the ability to make big throws when it matters most. That is what will decide who has the biggest edge going forward in the SEC.

 

-Alex

Georgia Bulldogs: On the Rise in Polls


I vote in the Bleacher Report College Football Poll (I know, I know. I’m a huge deal.), and am happy to report the Dawgs are on the rise.

Georgia moved from No. 12 to No. 6 in this week’s poll.  Check out the writeup on the Bulldogs here.

 

That’s all I got/

Andrew

 

Georgia’s Win Over Clemson: Easily Richt’s Best Season-Opening Statement Game


Mark Richt’s been around for a while, but he’s never had a bigger statement game to open the year than he did on Saturday.

A big win against Boise State in 2005 came before the Broncos hit their peak.  A 30-0 whooping of Clemson in 2003 came as the Tigers were unranked.  What other season-opening win compares?  As I assert here: none.

 

That’s all I got/

Andrew

 

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Remembering the Clemson Game – Complete Podcast Recap


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Andrew Hall (@DudeYouCrazy on Twitter), Daniel Palmer (@dpalm66) and Jason Smith (@JasonIsASmith) get together to remember a stellar Georgia Bulldog victory over the Clemson Tigers.  The trio discusses Todd Gurley’s case for baddest man alive, Jeremy Pruitt’s defense, cleaned up special teams play and much more.

 

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