In a way it’s silly to talk about this Saturday’s game as the key to the season – with the 0-2 start, the Dawgs pretty much guaranteed that every remaining game would be a key – but after reading the comments in this article about last year’s loss to Mississippi State, I’m fairly certain the game is huge in one aspect. These Dawgs need to feel confident about themselves and their ability to play physical ball.
And that’s definitely not how they left Starkville last year.
… Afterwards, head coach Mark Richt admitted it was the most adversity he had faced at Georgia, and then-senior defensive end Demarcus Dobbs said the loss was “like death.”
That’s what it felt in the locker room, according to White.
“The locker room after the game was probably the most pitiful scene that you could think of,” White said. “Everyone was just down on ourselves. People bickering. Nobody hopefully points fingers, but you get on the bus and guys start talking. We were just in a bad place.
“That really was something that might’ve been a turning point in our season, and that’s not something that we want to have happen again. We definitely were in a rut last year, and that game really could define our season.”
Maybe that explains the Colorado game.
This is even more disconcerting.
… Several players also said they were stunned at how they were beaten physically by Mississippi State in that game last year.
“I know I came here to Georgia because I knew they were a physical team and we had lots of tradition. But then Mississippi State definitely showed us we were not as physical as we should have been,” linebacker Chase Vasser said. “So I feel like this year we concentrate on being physical and play every play. Because last year there were some games that we just took off and they gashed us.” [Emphasis added.]