It’s been nine months or so. I’m ready for some college football. So last night I settle down in a comfy chair, cut the tube on, pour myself a Woodford Reserve on the rocks… and proceed to watch the functional equivalent of last year’s Auburn-MSU game. Jeezus.
A few observations from last night’s game for the ages:
- If NC State is a mid-level ACC team this year, God help the ACC.
- Ditto that if Russell Wilson is an all-ACC caliber quarterback. The dude played like he was coated in molasses.
- In some fairness to that, it’s hard to run a functioning offense when the left side of the o-line is non-existent.
- Anybody notice former Bulldog Michael Lemon’s interception of Garcia?
- It’s early, but I’m thinking that Cliff Matthews wins this year’s Calvin Johnson Memorial “Damn, I wish he’d have signed with Georgia” Award.
- South Carolina’s defensive backfield looks very athletic… and very green.
- The Gamecock receiving corps is huge. They looked good at settling down in the holes in zone coverage, and not so good at anything else.
- I guess Spurdog was right about not needing a kicking game to win.
- If Stephen Garcia could play a game like that without getting pulled, I’d say he’s secure as the starter. But Jesse Palmer’s right about one thing – if Garcia runs upright like that all season, sooner or later some badass SEC linebacker is going to flat out clean his clock.
- Spurrier and Ellis Johnson know what they’re doing from a play calling and game management standpoint. Given the steady lapses in execution on the field, they’re going to need every drop of that to keep USC in some games.
As for what any of that foretells about the Georgia game, it’s impossible to say much about the ‘Cocks from last night’s performance, mainly because State looked so inept on offense. And besides, regardless of whatever happens in Carolina’s opener, we know what’s in store a week from Saturday, don’t we? Sure we do: USC’s (can I say that?) defense plays its best game of the year, Garcia plays brilliantly for one quarter, Joe Cox looks very shaky for most of the game and Georgia wins by three or four without scoring more than seventeen points. That’s just the way that game rolls.
That being said, as badly as NC State played all night, it’s got to be a little disconcerting to the OBC that his team was one focused wide receiver away from blowing the game on a late TD pass. On the other hand, things could have been a lot worse.