After posting a 2-0 record against 2 dangerous teams in Clemson and South Carolina, Georgia was expected to take care of business against tune up opponents Northwestern State and New Mexico State. Georgia did just that. Despite the lopsided score of 41-10 on Saturday, Georgia failed to break the 300 yard mark in total offense. Is that a reason for concern? I say yes, but a small one. Had Georgia put it in their mind to drop 500 yards and 60 points on an out manned opponent, there is little doubt that they would have. Was Georgia looking ahead a bit towards this week's big showdown with Alabama? Probably, but who could blame them.
Georgia is ranked as high as #7, yet they opened as a 4 point underdog to #22 Alabama on the road. This tells us that Georgia must still earn the respect of the nation to justify their ranking. No better place to do it than a stadium in which Georgia has never won, against a team bursting with confidence. If Georgia can go into Tuscaloosa and come out with a win, skeptical voters and opposing fan's thoughts of Georgia being overrated will go out the window, and Georgia may indeed be the team to beat in the SEC. A loss, while not devastating to the long term goals of the season, would take away much needed momentum against Tennessee the following week.
Being that Alabama is in the SEC West, Georgia could lose this game and still control its SEC destiny, but it could raise questions and doubts amongst a team that has yet to fire on all cylinders. This game will tell us a lot about the future of the 2002 Georgia Bulldogs.
Stay tuned to Dawgpost.com through the week as they will have thoughts and breakdowns of the big game on Saturday.
- While the present of Georgia football looks good, the
future may look even better. Georgia Picked up commitments from the #2 rated
running back in the nation by TheInsiders.com
Lumpkin, and added another commitment from BorderWars' #1 tight end in
the south in Coleman
Pope's commitment was re-affirmed by his head football coach at Hargrave.
If you haven't seen the star power of Georgia's current class, click
here to see what you're missing.
- For those of you clamoring for a playoff, I hope you were
tuned in this week and every week, as Florida State and Penn State were just
eliminated. Georgia has its next playoff game on Saturday against Alabama.
- Vanderbilt seems to have turned it around. While the
turnaround is not apparent on the wins and loss columns, Vanderbilt is a
player or 2 short of turning some of these losses into wins. I know, I know,
Vanderbilt has been like that for a decade, but this year, they appear to be
getting some of those difference makers in recruiting. Vandy added another
top notch New England Athlete last week.
- If Alabama didn't have the Dawgs' attention before this
weekend, they certainly do now. Their complete dismantling of Arkansas in
Arkansas was done with surgeon-like preciseness. Alabama whipped the Hogs in
every phase of the game. It may have come at a high price though. Center and
anchor of the offensive line Alonzo Ephraim is doubtful for the game,
and punter Lane Bearden looks to be out. Those 2 appear to be bigger
blows to the team than starting running back Ahmaad Galloway and
quarterback Tyler Watts.
- Tennessee and Florida both appeared to be suffering from
hangovers after their big game last week. Tennessee struggled against
Rutgers, while Florida had all they could handle from a good Kentucky squad.
Tennessee and Florida were pulled through by their 2 humble stars Kelley
Washington and Rex Grossman. Said Grossman after the win,
"We knew we could move the ball on them. It's not like we were playing
the New England Patriots." Equally modest in his post game comments was
Washington, "Basically, I was smothered ,'' Washington said of his
first half shutout. "I was one-on-one in the second half. I took that
as a disgrace, and took it upon myself to get it done.''
- Auburn rode Carnell "Cadillac" Williams to
a surprisingly hard fought victory over an inspired Syracuse team. Williams
had 40 carries on Saturday night, which was surpassed only by the 41 he had against
Georgia last year. Unlike last year, Carnell doesn't have to face Alabama
this week. Auburn has a Bye on the schedule, and the over/under for Daniel
Cobb turnovers is hovering at 3.
- Penn State came crashing back down to earth this weekend,
and their national championship hopes went as well. Makes the regular season
kind of exciting doesn't it?
- Georgia Tech pulled off a gutsy performance after losing Tony
Hollings to a season ending injury as well as sack leader Greg
Geathers. Coach Chan Gailey has his team playing well.
- Finally, Bowden Bowl 4 will be this Thursday night, one can only hope that ESPN will have Terry Bowden on loan from ABC for another Bobby, Tommy, Terry, and mom lovefest like last year's. Wasn't that just adorable?
Until Next week...............
Georgia vs Alabama