Some Monday morning quarterbacking is in order, even if it’s the Sunday after Georgia’s 27-10 victory over Arizona State.
I lived in “La La Land,” aka Southern California, for 22 years, so I am one of the few people on the planet who can effectively note how different the geography, weather, and lifestyles are between the Southeast and the West. That’s why the Bulldogs, ranked No. 3 as I write this, should get a special commendation for their solid victory.
That was the first time a Bulldog team had ventured that far west since 1960. A long plane ride, 99-degree game-time temps and starkly different geography awaited, not to mention a Sun Devils team that was no pushover. Yet Georgia broke the game open in the second quarter and never was really threatened.
And it also showed that the level of play in the Southeastern Conference, which had five Top 10 teams entering the weekend, might be the highest anywhere. ESPN announcer Kirk Herbstreit noted that Georgia’s line play was a “different skill level” than any Arizona State had encountered. Witness that the Sun Devils had only 4 yards rushing in the game. Can’t win that way.
It’ll be very interesting when also-unbeaten Alabama visits Athens this Saturday. Talk about intensity. The Tide ran over Clemson in Atlanta in the season opener, and routed Arkansas. They do it the old fashioned way, with tough inside running. Georgia probably has more finesse, with QB Matt Stafford and two excellent wide receivers, A.J. Green and Mohamed Massaquoi. A pick? Georgia by a few, but only because the Bulldogs are at home. Such is the interest that ESPN may bring its popular GameDay show to Athens.
But finally, Georgia has done something to deserve its ranking.