‘Zou Cats Battle Battered Dawgs

Explosive, my co-host and I said on Sports Joc College Football Pre-View, 9a-10a EST every Friday, http://www.thesportsjoc.com – unfortunately we were not speaking of the team which led the NCAA in yardage per play last year, your gritty #7 GEORGIA Bulldogs.

No, Mizzou was the team of interest and it was first said weeks ago, and they’ve improved on offense since, just putting half a hundred in Nashville on a hungry and desperate Vandy team which won nine last year for only the third time in program history.

Know, Mizzou. They are good at hoops but they ain’t no Kentucky in football. They are a historically relatively strong football program from a big multiple-major-city state. Decimated by injuries last year, they averaged nine wins the four previous seasons, winning ten twice and once being a win away from playing for a national championship – which is all Georgia has accomplished at max since 1982. Sure, they have not won the conference rings like UGA has, but we wore none for twenty years and have no new ones since D.J. Shockley left school. These were roughly considered even programs entering this recent UGA upturn, and that’s why the game was nationally called a tossup last year. We eventually emerged as a national title contender and they fell apart.

Jarvis Jones had one of those games where we couldn’t lose because of his dynamite. He didn’t do it like that every week. He exploded every three or four games or so and got the W. That was a close game blown open by him, and we found the offense late to double their score. Then, they had multiple major injuries, which sounds all too familiar right now. It was far out of character for them to have a poor year. Don’t say, well, they were just Big 12, because Texas A&M went from Big 12, where they usually struggled, to SEC where they had their single best season in many years, and the Big 12 has won multiple national titles since we have at Georgia.

“DGB” was easily the top recruit in the country two years ago, and the tall wideout is finally performing well while sharing time with five other solid wideouts. Henry Josey got a thousand yards rushing two years ago and is back from injury and being spelled by three other solid backs.

They lost their star, Sheldon Dawson, Mr. “Old Man Football” on the D-line. He was last seen in ATL, in the Falcons backfield reeking havoc last night. Their D is above average but not dynamic and dominant, and our offense is…depleted. We are not what we were. Malcolm Mitchell had the best spring on the team then went down. He will never catch another Murray pass, after being the intended target on the ill-fated busted play against Bama. He must feel somewhat cursed.

Bennett came back from injury to do what he does so well and then got hurt. Justin Scott-Wesley led the team in receiving yardage and went down untouched on special teams. Gurley is a Herculean beast, and even Hercules has his weaknesses; he can be and is hurt. He missed big chunks of our two biggest wins this year, and high ankle sprains can linger longer than we’d like. Marshall had his best game against UT last year, and then the Vols snapped him early this year on Rocky Top. Rumph was our best offensive player at G-DAY, and he has a bad hamstring and the 6-5 JUCO transfer wideout has not played. We were throwing game-needing, game-saving jump balls to tiny Rhett McGowan late Saturday. I mean late-late. Ten seconds left in the game, late. They didn’t work. Do we still?

I’m less worried about us coming up with good skill position players than I am about this: we embarrassed QB James Franklin last year when he was hurting and couldn’t scamper. He had a beaten on bad year and was even benched. He is healthy and true dual-threat, a better runner than Clemson’s Tajh Boyd, who we could not contain. “Trigger” Tray Matthews is hurt at one safety and Connor Norman is hurt as the rotating backup at the other. We have stopped no one all year consistently and this is right now the statistically best offense we have faced. Better than LSU, and they scored 41 on us Between the Hedges.

MURRAY FOR HEISMAN — a big showing in a victory Saturday would go a long way.