Georgia Football Knee Jerk Reactions: Auburn Edition
A win is a win is a win is a win…right?
I feel like I should be happier. This is the type of win that I said I wanted last week. Solid running, game management from the quarterback position (added bonus of no Ramsey subbing!), and a dominant defense! Hell, we even tossed in a special teams non-blunder for good measure! We beat a rival on their field, and with no new controversies brewing as a result. I guess I’m just more than a little disappointed in the yards left on the field, and the game being closer than it could have been.
Not satisfied with a rivalry win? Looking for style points in a season where we again have heard loud cries for the head coaches job? Understanding what this team actually is, and yet somehow, someway, being unsatisfied with results that do not supersede that understanding? My god.
I’ve become a Georgia fan.
– I use this space and the podcast and anywhere else that I talk about sports to bemoan the lack of special teams coaching and/or success. So, it’s only right that I salute them when things go right, in spite of UGA’s dedication to ignoring the third aspect of the game. I applaud McKenzie’s effort on the game changing punt return. I DO question his quote after the game:
“He outkicked his coverage, and like Coach told me all week, ‘If you get a pitch to hit, take it.’ My teammates had great blocks, I got around the corner and scored a touchdown.”
I think it’s great that he cited the blocking on the field, while noting that he saw the ‘pitch’ and hit a home run. I think it’s worrying that he cites his coach in giving him advice. Clearly, Joystick is seeing things, and I must call Georgia’s concussion protocol into question. Will someone think of the players?
– Last week: 52 carries for the Georgia offense, and a dominant seizing of the game clock led to a Georgia win. This week: 45 carries for the Georgia offense, and a dominant seizing of the game clock led to a Georgia win. Any questions? Sure, the runs weren’t hitting like they did against Kentucky (only 3.2 yards per carry), but consistency and clock domination is a damn good way to win a football game.
– Sony Michel is probably hurt. Well, he’s DEFINITELY hurt if you count the broken hand sustained a few weeks ago, but I mean more than that. He’s not moving at peak Sony, and I’m almost 100% sure that he’s got more ailments that are currently afflicting him than just the hand. But he hasn’t complained, he hasn’t made excuses, and he’s done everything asked of him.
– Great job forcing turnovers defense. We’ll get to the rest of the performance in the next section.
– Gonna quickly whine about play calling; I understand the whys and hows of a Greyson Lambert quarterback sneak on 4th down at the goal line. It makes sense in every football sense of the word, but MAN. Doesn’t look appealing live, or on rewatch. Smart football play? Maybe. Visually appealing? Hell naw.
– Georgia dominated time of possession 35:49 to 24:11, but they allowed over 5 yards per rush on the ground Saturday. With the powerful and unique rushing attacks on the horizon, it’s imperative that we not only keep the ball out of their hands, but that when they do have the ball, we are able to frustrate the things they want to do.
– 10 yards allowed on each returnable punt. There’s the lack of a special teams coach that we’ve become accustomed to.
– Columbia lost to a winless Cornell on Saturday. What? The ugly doesn’t ALWAYS have to be about Georgia.
They went to Auburn for a rare noon kickoff and got the win. That’s about all you can ask out of a game that is historically crazy, and recently heartbreaking. For the first time in a long time, UGA has a series lead in The Deep South’s Oldest rivalry. And that’s not a bad thing, that’s a good thing. And it’s good momentum, as Georgia closes out the season looking to cement it’s hold as the best program in state. I mean, we’re already the only school headed to a bowl game.
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