I’ll be heading up to Athens shortly, but wanted to leave y’all with a place for grumbling/praising today.
I’ve got mixed feelings – not about Georgia winning, but about how pretty the win will be. Ole Miss has been terrific (7-1) against the spread this season. And there’s no way Georgia comes out and plays with the same emotional intensity we saw on display last weekend.
That being said, there are factors that push me in the other direction. For one, Mississippi’s defense isn’t bad, but it isn’t Florida’s, either. And there’s a faint voice in the back of my head reminding me that the 2007 team used the Florida game as a jumping off point to roll through the back end of that season, and maybe today is a chance to prove that lightning can strike twice.
It’s probably heretical on my part to suggest it, but today isn’t as much about recapturing the emotion of Jacksonville as it is playing smartly and under control. It wasn’t just that the defense was fired up last week – players communicated with each other well and played good assignment football. Ole Miss’ fast paced offense will challenge that. As for Georgia’s offense, can Aaron Murray get his groove back and do a good job with his mechanics and reads?
In the end, it wouldn’t surprise me if the Dawgs march out to a comfortable lead and then reel things in, much as Alabama did against the Rebels. Or the defense could take a step back and look like it did against Tennessee and Kentucky, in which case it’ll be more of a track meet. Either way, I think the final score comes up just a notch under the spread.
One other note: it’s Michael Adams’ last Homecoming. For those going to the game, don’t forget to give him the send off he deserves.