BHB Around SEC
BHB Around SEC:
(5-0) Georgia as a team has allowed just 23 points this year through five games (fewest at UGA since the 1937 Bulldogs yielded only 14 through five, including a 7-6 loss to powerful Holy Cross at Fenway Park in Boston). Seven of those 2021 points were on a pick-6 and should be clearly noted as on the offense for a negative seven. The UGA D has itself scored two touchdowns and a safety; therefore, they have actually way outscored the opposition themselves. Throw in a blocked punt touchdown, and no JT Daniels often, no problem. The Dawgs D has yielded one total touchdown (by the Chickens, against mostly second stringers) and is coming off two straight SEC shutouts, winning a total of 99-0 against a lowly Vandy in Nashville plus a peaked Arkansas Between the Hedges. Georgia has been defense-first throughout the whole Kirby Smart era, which featured: a 2016 8-5 bad bust to end a streak of 10-or-more win campaigns under one of Kirby’s former bosses, Mark Richt; a 2017 13-2 SEC champions and national runners up; a 2018 11-3 SEC East title with a close loss in the SECCG; a 2019 12-2 SEC East title with a blowout loss in the SECCG; a 2020 8-2 SEC East runners up. There has been some noteworthy down-trending in big results (real championships: in league or country) since the first day of 2018, when Georgia blew a double digit lead to lose a Natty to BAMA in OT in ATL. Kirby Smart has only made the CFP once, going .500 at 1-1 lifetime in the playoff. During the Kirby era, Defense Wins Championships has become an old and outdated and simply untrue cliché. Could it become a true adage again, as things do always change slowly over time? Can the Georgia offense awaken? Will JT Daniels, undefeated in his brief UGA career, after one year and a game as a young starter at USC (the real one in Southern California, not South Carolina) get healthy? Can Kirby overcome big game clinching on the biggest stages (0-5 vs LSU and Bama) and win an SECCG over somebody besides a wounded Auburn? Can Georgia win it all for the first time since 1980? Maybe.
Auburn complained to the league about their own tradition. They didn’t want their last two league games to be against Georgia and Alabama anymore, because both programs were so far ahead of them. They love to cling to the fuzzy memories of the occasional victory over Georgia – who have owned them much more than Bama has, actually, in modernish times – and face the Bulldogs in midseason now. The Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry got a boost when LSU faded on the bayou. They – the War Eagle-Tiger-Plainsmen – even gave their coach a Gatorade bath for beating an average team. Auburn is undefeated in the SEC, with one close loss at Penn State. We are going to feature the underrated, old rivalry between Georgia and Auburn – academic sister schools, by the way – on a new short for All College Report – please SUBSCRIBE to All College Report on YouTube:
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Alabama are clearly national title contenders again and the slight favorites to win the SEC. They have scored 30+ for the most consecutive times in FBS history right now, and Nick Saban is 24-0 versus his former assistants. Can Kirby end the streak? How much would Bama score on Jordan Davis and friends? Georgia and Alabama are on a clear collision course, with almost everyone in the country predicting at least one meeting. Saban has repeated as national champion just once – he has seven rings, six at Bama. They don’t repeat this year, that means, trend says, and are very young (and talented) this season.
Kentucky is the fourth contender for the SEC right now at 5-0. Kentucky.
Florida has two SEC losses. Texas A&M has two SEC losses.
Tennessee beat MIZZOU. Vandy is in the SEC. So are Miss State and South Carolina.
Ole Miss came all the way back down to earth Saturday, going for it on 4th down early way too much and getting smashed by an Alabama which exerted its running game and defensive ability.
LSUx used to be good at football…that one year. You remember that? Since, their culture has been exposed, as have their coaching methodologies. They are out in the SEC West with just one loss in the conference, I think. Because when you lose at home to AU-barn and lose at UCLA, you aren’t good.
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