The #3, #4 and #5 teams were defeated Saturday, but only GEORGIA was really beaten badly. Good news: it is one loss – heck, we lost four football games last season. Bad news: plenty.
Gamecock QB Shaw completed only six passes in the game, the first of which was a deep bomb which should have been picked by All-American UGA safety Rambo, playing in his first road game of the season. Carolina outfought Georgia for the ball, and it was 7-0. The early tone was set.
Georgia got the ball next, and Murray’s first pass was tipped at the line and intercepted. Spurrier called an (illegal) double tight end cross pick play, and it was 14-0. The tone for the half was set.
Georgia could not sustain a drive and punted to Carolina’s Ace – this season’s Honey Badger – who took the kick to the house. The tone for the game was set. It was 21-0 and still in the first quarter.
UGA’s D settled down and mostly held Carolina in check from there on, with the exception of one lone deep completion and some nagging trouble defending the zone read quarterback run, which completely neutralized the strong pursuit of All-American linebacker Jarvis Jones.
At 21-0, Georgia went on a long drive that stalled with third and goal from the one and fourth and goal from the one and two shotgun passes, the second actually completed to Wooten, just short of the goal line. It was terrible play calling for a two-play series. Bobo has no further threat to win any coordinator of the year awards, as Georgia’s vaunted attack never mounted another significant challenge. It was 21-0 at the half, 28-0 at the end of the third, 35-0 with two minutes left in the game.
Murray slipped to 0-10 against teams finishing the year ranked, barring a total Carolina collapse. That does not look likely, based primarily on the strength of their defensive line. We could not block them.
The sleeping giant in Columbia is fully awakened. But, a peak down the schedule shows Carolina going at defending SEC champion LSU next week on the bayou, followed by at undefeated Florida in the swamp before finishing up with explosive Tennessee and troubled Arkansas. 5-1 Georgia gets a much-needed bye game and then plays at Kentucky. Our final two conference games are against average Ole Miss for homecoming and worse than troubled Auburn on the plains.
Win the Florida game on the last Saturday of October and UGA should finish 11-1, with a shot at another SEC East crown if Carolina drops two games. They have never had sustained success as a program but did win eleven games last year and now have the longest winning streak in the NCAA, with ten straight. A three-way SEC East tie is also possible if Florida beats Carolina and then Georgia beats Florida and all have only one loss. Then it would go to the rankings, where I would favor Carolina after this utter beat down. The 1969 ACC champions are a real threat to win their second conference title ever as a program. While UGA has peaked and valleyed.