As a Georgia fan, I couldn’t have been any prouder - aside from the embarrassing performance of the secondary.
However, now the Dawgs must put that all behind them as they head to Knoxville to take on Tennessee this Saturday.
And based on how the season has gone, Georgia should absolutely be on upset alert.
The Bulldogs have been media darlings since Saturday afternoon. Experts have been talking about how Aaron Murray proved he can play well in big games and the talk has been about how UGA is right back in the national championship discussion. I have no inside information, but I suspect the talk on campus has been of a similar variety.
Georgia’s players have probably been hearing about how great they are for the past few days.
The success could easily become a distraction. A distraction that could prove costly when heading to a hostile environment to take on an opponent with nothing to lose.
After playing three Top 10 teams in its first four games, the players could think they can relax when facing a 3-2 team.
Tennessee and its fans will look at this game as a huge opportunity to get a signature win for new head coach Butch Jones. It’s the CBS featured game of the week and the crowd will be fired up for a chance to beat a Top 10 opponent. The Vols have a long way to go, but they’re still a talented team that has the potential to give Georgia problems.
If the Dawgs execute for four quarters, they shouldn’t have any trouble taking care of business and coming away from Knoxville with another SEC win. If they think they can show up, as this team has been known to do in recent years, and Tennessee will simply roll over, the Dawgs will be in big trouble.
These are the types of games where Georgia needs to play well to show it can be one of the elite programs in college football. Elite teams don’t let mediocre opponents hang around in games before pulling away at the end. Elite teams perform well on the road instead of sleepwalking through the first half.
And for the Dawgs to show they’re truly an elite team, they will take Tennessee just as seriously as LSU or South Carolina.
My Preseason Prediction:
If the Dawgs beat LSU, the Tennessee game becomes much more dangerous. Georgia will be flying high from a victory over the Bayou Bengals and playing on the road at Neyland Stadium has given the team trouble over the years. The Vols have nothing to lose and the team will be desperate to get a signature win against a marquee opponent in Butch Jones’ first season as head coach. It’s one of these games that could easily go down in the category of, “How did we lose to them?!”
Dawgs win 31-28.