As we finish the 3rd week of play and start practices for an SEC match-up this weekend, this Georgia Bulldawg feels confident but uneasy going into the 2nd SEC game of the season.
I love a 3-0 record just as much as the next person, but all three of those games have been a little rocky. All three started terribly. And while the Dawgs have fought back in each game, these SEC teams know us all too well.
Just about any other Georgia fan would say “It’s just Vandy”… but that’s where I get concerned. Does Nick Saban ever say “Oh, it’s just Vandy?” No—no, he doesn’t and Alabama plays every week like it’s for a National Title. Georgia should take notes.
The Dawgs tend to play to the level of their opponent, especially in the first half of the game. And while it may be “just Vandy,” that doesn’t mean the Commodores put up a fight. I still think the Dawgs will come out on top, but the team needs to be looking at this game as a tune-up for Tennessee.
When The Other Dooley in those orange pants rolls into Sanford in two weeks, this team will succeed ONLY if they give him a taste of his Daddy’s medicine.
This is the best Tennessee team that Georgia has faced in the past several years. And even when the Vols weren’t that great, they still gave us some fits. The key to beating Tennessee is getting a better start to the game— slumping in the first half won’t cut it.
On the bright side, the Dawgs’ Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall had huge games against FAU and if they bring that energy into the next two games, the running game should be unstoppable.
Entering October, I’d put my money on Georgia being 5-0. But I’d also put my money on that 5th win being a tough one in Athens. Dooley will have something to prove, but Georgia knows their season is on the line.