I’ll always sing “Glory, Glory” and wear my red and black with pride, but today’s #UGAvsGT game made me realize how glad I was that this season had finally ended, and all that is left is a mediocre bowl game. As an avid #UGA football fan, I am not used to them losing games that they should be winning. We lost to Vanderbilt, people. VANDERBILT! We lost with 4 seconds left on a Hail Mary pass by the #Vols. We were clobbered by Ole Miss, who got clobbered today by Mississippi State. Florida has had our number for several years in a row. And now, Tech, the team we aim to kill every season, beat us in the final quarter. Enough is enough. I’ve guzzled down an average of one to two extra beers per game this season because I just can’t watch the bad football being played. But hey, at least the 2 hour drive south to Lexington was fun – we won that one with 3 seconds left. That was great!
My #GeorgiaBulldogs played their hated rival, the Georgia Tech Sillynannies today and somehow found another way to lose. Was I shocked that they would lose? Not really. Was I shocked that they lost it in this fashion? Not really. Blowing leads has been Georgia’s specialty this season.
Georgia started off very hot with their ground game. Both Nick Chubb and Sony Michel ran the ball very well with the opening drive, but the drive stalled. Michel ran it well over 150 yards today – if I had to pull anything out of this loss that was a positive, that was it!
Tech took their opening possession quickly down the field and managed to go up 7-0. The triple option is hard to defend, but #UGA made #GT look like a professional team with the way they started off covering it.
#UGA quickly answered back and tied the game 7-7. I quickly realized at that point that it was going to be a back-and-forth game all day long, and I was right for the most part.
#UGA took a 13 point lead and kept it most of the game, until the 4th quarter. They have had all kinds of trouble this season in the 2nd half – especially against bad teams. I won’t mention #UT or #Vandy in this conversation.
Jacob Eason played as I expected a true freshman to play in his first rendition of the rivalry game. He threw a pick at the worst possible time, though, and I don’t necessarily blame him because it was clearly a bad call on the offensive coordinator’s call. Why he elected to throw the ball on 2nd down when #UGA was trying to run out the clock was beyond me. Just plain poor coaching. But, the QB is going to take the heat for it because the ball is in his hands.
I was very surprised how quickly the tables turned in this game. #GT scored 14 unanswered points to win the game 28-27. I’m disappointed in the way this season turned out, but I am not overly surprised at it. We have a brand new head coach and a true freshman QB at the helms.
Fans are going to be called for Kirby Smart’s head early on, but I think that giving him one season to turn things around was asking too much of him. Mark Richt was a solid coach. He took the #Dawgs to bowl games year after year, but could never win the big games. I think the coaching change was necessary, and I also have high respect for Kirby. We have very good potential even with the threat of Chubb possibly leaving early for the #NFLdraft.
We went 10-3 last season, which included a bowl win. We are 7-5 at this point with a possible bowl game in January. I hope the #Dawgs can pull together, forget about this loss, and try to get to 8 wins. I’m looking forward to the 2017 season. We’ll have a sophomore QB with a year’s worth of experience, and a head coach with an okay first year in the #SEC.
My head is held high and I still get goosebumps whenever I see Sanford Stadium and the sea of red. I love the late Saturday afternoon sun with Uga sitting in his doghouse. It’ll never get old and it’ll always be a special time when the #Dawgs take the field.
Here’s to a season that started off great, but quickly went down the drain, and the promise of a better 2017 season. GO DAWGS!