Start the Drill

ATHENS – The scene was set for Georgia to make a statement.

A national TV audience. A Blackout. An big-name opponent. A huge recruiting weekend.

The stakes were high – everyone knew it. But while the media, fans and certainly Alabama was ready to go by kickoff Georgia wasn't.

The Bulldogs may have finished the drill Saturday night, but they sure didn't Start the Drill. The beginning of games, as Saturday's outcome proves, can be just as critical as the end.

While the Bulldogs fought for a comeback at the end of the game, and while they "did not quit" (as many of the players described it) the way they seemingly did at Tennessee last season the play at the start of the contest was not acceptable.

It's look-in-the-mirror time again in Athens. Is all lost? Not even close. Florida's upset loss to Ole Miss was an opportunity for Georgia to really get out in front in the SEC East, but now it serves as a "thank goodness" for the Gators not getting too far out in front. Tennessee and South Carolina, both at 0-2 in the conference, face uphill battles to get back in the East race. So Georgia's future is most certainly still in front of it.

Meanwhile Vanderbilt has kept the entire division in its review mirror by taking out Ole Miss (who beat perennial power Florida) and South Carolina (who gave Georgia all the trouble it needed).

The point? What ifs are the easiest thing in the world to say after a loss – they never come up after wins. So here is my what if this Monday: What if Georgia Started the Drill against West Virginia? What if they Started the Drill against Tennessee in 2007? What if they Started the Drill Saturday night?

The talent at Georgia is too good to waste by not making a championship run, so from here on Dawgs: Start the Drill... and then Finish it.

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