Georgia vs. Alabama: Coming Up Short is NOT an Option for the Bulldogs
If yesterday’s games taught us anything, it was probably that we don’t really know anything.
Ole Miss struggled more than anyone could have anticipated against Vanderbilt. Tennessee blew its second 13+ point fourth quarter of the season (outside of those two losses, the rest of the country has lost just once in such situations). LSU was unimpressive and a previously impressive Texas A&M team needed overtime to beat a previously disastrous Arkansas team. Mississippi State was better than Auburn and Kentucky was better than Missouri, but who knows what that really means?
Outside of the SEC, Georgia Tech lost to Duke because why not? Meanwhile Michigan mollywopped BYU, In more relevant action, No. 3 TCU barely advanced past Texas Tech and No. 13 Oregon got embarrassed.
This college football seems as wide open and prone to parity as any in recent memory and it’s not just because the season is so young. Don’t tell anyone, but most teams are now a full third into their schedule, which means teams are moving squarely into the middle third of the season. This is the heart of it, folks.
If you’re a Georgia fan, I’m not sure how you could feel much better about how the Bulldogs have started. 4-0 is a start that I joked about on Twitter but it’s also not something that happens every year (this is Georgia first 4-0 start since 2012).
The offense is pretty darn explosive (averaging 45.5 points per game) thanks to a balanced passing attack (Greyson Lambert’s season-long QB rating is over 200 and ranks third in the nation) and a stout ground attack that’s every bit as good as advertised. Nick Chubb is rightfully the star in the backfield. but he has combined with Sony Michel and Keith Marshall to account for 947 rushing yards and 13 TDs. Chubb is averaging an insane 8.4 yards per carry, Michel comes in at an even 7.0 and Marshall is over 5.3.
The defense is as fun to watch as any Georgia unit in recent memory and the new Junkyard Dawgs are not merely anecdotal in prowess or entertaining. They’re good. Allowing just 166 passing yards and 107.3 rushing yards per contest is about all you need to know collectively. But this defense is packed with playmakers. Jordan Jenkins, Leonard Floyd and Lorenzo Carter are downright disruptive. Period. Only two players in the country have more interception return yards than Dominick Sanders. We’ve seen interceptions from linebackers, cornerbacks and safeties and the defensive line continues to be the unheralded star.
Special teams. Well…it’s still special. But for the second time in years (last year being the first), Georgia has a legitimate threat in the return game and that yields tremendous field position more often than not.
But most of this doesn’t matter without a strong (read: victorious) showing against Alabama. We don’t know a lot about the national landscape, but Georgia has the opportunity to put a strangle hold on its own destiny and to begin pounding it into submission. The last time Georgia really had that opportunity was in 2013 when the wheels came off along with everyone’s ACLs. Before that, the 2012 SEC Championship Game was the last choose-your-own-adventure story with the ultimate potential outcome.
So as the video says (shout out to The UGA Vault on that)…coming up short is not an option.
Big week ahead. This should be fun.
That’s all I got/
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