Jerry Hinnen has a pretty fair take on Saturday’s game in this summary:
… Against Auburn’s secondary, A.J. Green–the best receiver in college football, for my money–could win this game all by his lonesome. Their offensive line has finally started to come together. Their defense is no longer coached by Willie Martinez. And on the intangibles side, anyone who dismisses either Georgia’s track record in J-Hare or the fact that they’ve won four straight in this series should, well, be a hell of a lot less dismissive.
But Auburn is the better team. And if they play like it, they will have the opportunity to play for an SEC championship, and they will remain one of four or five teams with a realistic chance of playing for a national championship…
He may overstate Georgia’s attributes a wee bit there in order not to offend the god of hubris, but he has a solid point about the intangibles. Georgia won’t go into the Auburn game with the wet-the-bed mentality that plagues it against Florida. There’s a track record of success against the Tigers which everyone in the program can point to. Of course, that can all be quickly undone with another minus-3 showing in turnover margin. But if they don’t play sloppy, there’s no reason these Dawgs can’t make a game of it on the Plains.