Monday Morning Ramblings

This time we're actually doing this on a Monday! With the week off, it was time to concentrate on Georgia's upcoming opponents, and Dawg fans had to be thrilled with what they saw.

  • Are the Wheels coming off in Columbia? The Gamecocks struggled with New Mexico State, and then they lose on the road to a good Virginia team that was desperate for a win. Pictures of Corey Jenkins showed him in an altercation with Virginia fans after the game (rush the field and face the consequences), and this week Holtz has insinuated that backup Pinkins would see some time. South Carolina has looked bad in its first 2 games, but Georgia fans know better than to take this one for granted. Still, Dawgs must feel very confident going to Columbia this weekend.
  • Florida ran into the buzzsaw called Miami on Saturday. The Gators hung tough for one half, but the talent level of Miami is on a different level right now. I had to feel bad for running back Frank Gore when he got hurt, but I scoffed at those that thought this would be the demise of the Miami ground game. Poor Hurricanes had to put the 2000 #1 RB in the game in Willis McGahee. McGahee ran for 204 yards in the thrashing of Florida. Now, I don't think this is a good measure of how good Florida will be. A team could get thrashed by Miami and still be the 2nd best team in the country, but Florida certainly looked vulnerable.
  • Tennessee won handily against MTSU and more impressively held the Raider offense to only 201 yards. How far can the Vols go without Kelly Washington? Tennessee is hoping they won't have to wonder much longer.
  • Georgia had success in moving a DB to RB with Robert Edwards, and now Georgia Tech looks to have struck gold with Tony Hollings. Hollings requested a move to RB where he thought he'd have a better chance to play. Not only is he playing, he looks like the best back in the ACC right now. Connecticut gave Boston College fits last week, but Hollings and Georgia Tech went through the Huskies like a hot knife through butter. Georgia Tech travels to Clemson this week as slight favorite, and we should learn a lot about this Tech team on Saturday. I thought Tony Barnhart was off of his rocker when he put Tech in the top 25, after this week, it will be hard to keep the Jackets out.
  • Alabama took Oklahoma to the limit on Saturday. Coach Dennis Franchione had the Midas touch, but the Tide still came up a bit short. Franchione had a successful onside kick, a pooch kick off that resulted in a Tide recovery, and a fake field goal that turned into a touchdown. Tyler Watts is one tough son of a gun, but once again, he came up short in the end. Jarrett Johnson and Kenny King made life miserable for the Sooner backfield, and Georgia's offensive line is going to have their hands full against this unit.
  • Most improved team in the SEC? That's easy since only one team looks like they've gotten better this year, but Kentucky is on a tear. Georgia fans know all about the "Hefty Lefty" as he has been immortal against the Dawgs in the past 2 years, but now others are starting to take notice that he is more than just a novelty. After engineering an upset against Louisville, Lorenzen and company hung 77 on UTEP. Watch out for the cats this year.

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