Paul Johnson explains away why Saturday night’s disappointing loss doesn’t diminish the excitement and significance of the World’s Smallest Outdoor Cocktail Party aka the ACCCG (kudos forever to Jim Donnan for that crack):
“We’ve played six SEC teams since I’ve been here, and I think we’re 4-2. I can tell you Clemson has got players every bit as good as Georgia. Don’t think for one minute they don’t. It is what it is…”
Allow Ellis Johnson to retort.
Georgia and South Carolina, teams from the middle of the SEC East, defeated the ACC’s division champions, Georgia Tech and Clemson. Gamecock defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson said the passion of in-state rivalries isn’t the reason. “That conference is really down, especially in the area of the box, offensive and defensive line play,” Johnson said. “It’s just not very good. I thought (before the game) we were a lot better than they were up front, and we were.”