It's a long season

Football season stretches from September into January. This deserves mention because some fans tend to attach a little too much significance to season openers.

For instance, a lot of Tennessee fans are crying in their beer because the Vols looked so sloppy in their 17-10 Game 1 defeat of unheralded Alabama-Birmingham.

Conversely, a lot of Georgia fans are already making their reservations for the SEC Championship Game because the Dawgs looked imposing in a 48-13 Game 1 blowout of No. 18 Boise State.

Just a reminder: Both the Vols and the Bulldogs are 1-0 overall and 0-0 in Southeastern Conference play. As ugly as Tennessee looked in its opener, it still has plenty of time to develop into a well-oiled machine. Likewise, as great as Georgia looked in its opener, it still has plenty of time to have its weaknesses exposed.

Collegefootballnews.com's Matthew Zemek touched on this very theme in his "Weekly Affirmation" column. Here's what he has to say about Mark Richt's Bulldogs:

Wait a minute: let's not crown Georgia SEC East champions yet. True, D.J. Shockley was very impressive, and if he keeps it up, the Dawgs will go into Knoxville and beat Tennessee on their way to the SEC title (not just the Eastern Division crown). But let's acknowledge that UGA won't get a cartload of turnovers right off the bat in every game. If Shockley gets—and then passes—an authentic test of his character and mettle, in which he has to deal with adversity, then we can get very serious about anointing Georgia as the team to beat in the SEC. But let's see Shockley get tested first.


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