Georgia, George … what? Many questions are on the players as the defending national runner-up No. 7 Bulldogs takes over…
Georgia, George … what? Many questions are on the players as the defending national runner-up No. 7 Bulldogs takes over the border competitor No. 9 Florida in the annual “cocktail party” Saturday in Jacksonville (CBS, 2:30 pm).
● Was Georgia just arrogant and flat in its surprisingly unilateral loss at No. 4 LSU two weeks ago? Or was it clear that 2018 Bulldogs are overrated? It was not a nail piece. Touchdown favorites were sounded 36-16, got outgained 475-322 at 5.9 to 5.0 meters per game. The Bulldogs also twisted the ball over four times.
● Will Georgia become the next prominent team to improve by raising the offensive to backup quarterback? Starter Jake Fromm seems not to have evolved since last season, when the team was deep of a good running game. Next in a row, Justin Fields is recruited. Nr. 3 Notre Dame took a big step forward when it was Brandon Wimbush for the Ian Book. No. 2 Clemson does not regret Trevor Lawrence over Kelly Bryant. Georgia can not lose another game if it wants to chase these teams for a return engagement to the last four.
● Is Georgia’s defense actually the problem area that will keep Bulldogs from even winning the SEC East? Only the defense of the worst university should allow close to 500 meters to LSU’s conservative crime. The tigers enter the week, ranked 85th nationally in total crime. New Florida head coach Dan Mullen has installed some wrinkled wrinkles and had a happy week to prepare. Georgia has only five entrees back from the unit who bullied Florida 42-7 in 201
Maybe Georgia is just another Oklahoma … a bad game (Texas), but then an explosion shortly after at TCU. Or Georgia may be Ohio State. Early defensive problems against TCU and Penn State foreshadowed last Saturday’s night debacle at Purdue.
Betting markets still show respect towards Georgia, with a spread of almost seven in a neutral field against a Top 10-ranked opponent. But sharps bet in Florida when the entire +7 is in play.
Handicappers usually have solid team evaluations in place at last Saturday in October. With Georgia, a soft early schedule and the LSU monkey wrench make this a much harder call. What if Georgia learned his lesson to read too many press clippings, and is ready to make a statement in front of a big national television audience? What happens if current Georgia skeptics are right … but a quarterback switch to Fields ignites a big second half? Perhaps the secret is to nail this pick is actually on the other side. Florida beat LSU 27-19 in a pure state win. Does Coach Mullen already have his Gators program in championship form?
Take at least one cocktail and enjoy the game. What you learn Saturday afternoon will answer Georgia’s question mark on its way into the last month of the regular season and beyond.