We really shouldn't be surprised, should we?

ATHENS - Told ya. Told ya, told ya, told ya. Expect nothing. Expect everything. This is college football in 2003. The time for raising eyebrows has long since past, so how could you be surprised that Georgia thumped Auburn 26-7 Saturday? You couldn't be surprised.<br><br> Except for, well, the shock of it all.

The shock that Georgia's offense scored 18 points, looking more smooth and sharp than ugly and muddling, although the latter made appearances.

The shock that Auburn inexplicably - and mistakenly - confused Jason Campbell's success against Ole Miss the expectation he could do it again against a defense ranked in, oh, the top 80 in the nation, and came out throwing. What, Spurrier was on the sideline?

No, or Campbell would be better by now or sitting by now.

The shock that the Tigers, with three of the top backs in the nation, abandoned the run long before it was time to abandon the run.

The shock that Joe Tereshinski got in the game at quarterback with a full three minutes left, and it could've been earlier.

And, of course, the biggest shock at all, when you drag out the history books:

Georgia beat Auburn in Athens, Ga. at Sanford Stadium. Hasn't happened since 1991.

Of course, at one point, there was shock that the Bulldogs actually went double-digit plays without getting a flag.

Georgia had a little help, though, from Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville, who may not have lost his mind but clearly lost the playbook.

Entering Saturday, Campbell had tried more than 20 passes four times.

Entering Saturday, Auburn had lost all four games when Campbell had tried more than 20 passes.

So there was absolutely no logic to Campbell putting it up 16 times in the first half.

The hysterical stat of the day: at halftime, Auburn had run the ball eight times for nine yards. Georgia tailback Michael Cooper alone topped that with 10 for 18.

"They kind of surprised me, coming out passing with the running backs they had," said safety Thomas Davis. "We really thought they'd try to come out and pound it."

Jason Campbell was the Tigers' main running "threat" with four carries for three yards.


Shocks, shocks, shocks. Be prepared for everything folks.

Hey, Kentucky - which should have wins over Florida and Arkansas - lost to Vanderbilt, which trailed Georgia only 2-0 at the half. And South Carolina had Florida and still found a way to blow a chance for a big win.

Saturday, though, Georgia all but sealed its visit to Atlanta, barring a collapse of suicide-inspiring proportions against Kentucky in six days.

Of course, the crowd that Richt more and more cites as getting better will be jacked for Vince Dooley's final home football game as a Georgia Bulldog. If the Dogs, struggle, he may amble down and chew some backsides.

The week off was clearly beneficial in a variety of ways for Georgia.

The offense looked better and more varied, regardless of the party line that all Georgia did was execute better. David Greene, still courting the ball too long, had a better game than his numbers show. More people made plays, and Kregg Lumpkin looks more and more like the Bulldog tailback of the future.

The defense was pretty average. Of course, that means it probably should've thrown a shutout.

Special teams remain anything but special.

Nonetheless, this was a quality game along the TCOB lines - takin' care of business.

"It was really just a solid, solid victory all the way around," said head coach Mark Richt. "I don't know if it was spectacular, but it was a very, very solid and efficient game."

Which, compared to how Georgia's looked lately, was definitely a step up, and certainly at the right time in this season of surprises and shocks.

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