Hmm… where have we heard this before?
Former AU HC Pat Dye on UGA/ Mizzou game,'I think there's a good chance Georgia gets beat Saturday.'—
Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) September 03, 2012
I’ve gone back and watched the broadcast and read the post-game comments, so consider my Observations post amended for the record as follows:
In the aftermath, I’m encouraged by a couple of developments. One, four true freshmen who had to step up – Gurley, Marshall, Morgan and Barber – did. Running back and special teams were something we all identified as structural areas of concern before the season started. I’m not going to declare mission accomplished after one game against a MAC foe, but I’m no longer feeling Munson-esque about either. (The new kickoff rules help.) Two, as crappy as the defense looked at times, it came out in the second half and helped put the game away over the next quarter or so. The talent is there.
All is not sweetness and light, however. A third area of concern, the offensive line, came out of the Buffalo game a little shaky. That doesn’t mean there isn’t room for improvement, but they’re still coming together and figuring their way along. (Although I’m really getting tired of the “the defense threw a few fronts at us we hadn’t seen before” excuse-making, fellas.) The good news is that Bobo is trying to bring them along slowly. The worrisome part of that is how much he has to compromise the playbook to do so.
But that’s not my biggest worry. Depth is. Mark Richt has made his bed there and we’re going to have to live with it. I expect everyone to be back against Missouri except Commings, Vasser and Rambo. That’s unnerving enough, but if Ogletree gets added to that list, it’ll be downright discouraging. Buffalo exploited their absences with a lot of underneath stuff. Missouri, which has vastly more talented skill position players, is hardly likely to ignore the Bulls’ success. It’ll be a relief when all hands are at last on deck, but we will be on eggshells all season worrying about injuries in key areas. Richt had better be hoping for a little luck in that department.
If you’re a fan of Chase
Stewart’s Stuart’s version of the Simple Rating System, you might want to take a look at his post surveying Week 1 results. Georgia’s disappointing win over Buffalo doesn’t even register on his “upset” scale.
Of course, it didn’t make his list of impressive wins by favorites, either. But then again, only one SEC victory did.
Shorter John Adams: if you pretend that running backs don’t count, Tennessee’s offense blows away the rest of the SEC East.
A reminder to everyone who’s about to jump my ass with this post – this is a power poll. I’m not guided by resume ranking (if I were, UT would be no worse than third); this is about which team would beat which team if they faced off in the here and now. That’s not to say I’m ignoring the week’s results. I’m not. It’s that I’m looking at them to see which teams are answering preseason questions.
Minor gripe: this is absurdly early to run a power poll. (Others’ mileage may vary, of course.) There’s no way we’ve got a sample size of events worth a durn (especially when one team didn’t even see the field). Were it up to me, you wouldn’t see anything until every SEC school had a conference game under its belt. But as I’m not the one calling the shots, here goes: