I’ve watched the game broadcast now and I think it’s more of an affirmation of what I saw live than a revelation. What comes across strongly in the first half when the game was decided for all intents and purposes is how bloody competent Georgia’s play was. I know Auburn is wretched on both sides of the ball, but, still, it almost comes as a shock when Lynch drops that pass on Georgia’s fifth drive.
I kept repeating to myself, “this is what a good team looks like”. One example: Auburn employed a lot of Boise State-like pre-snap motion. And there are Georgia defenders moving all over the place with it. But they’re never disorganized. The communication and comfort level are light years from what we saw mid-season. And as a result, they’re playing noticeably faster. I’m back to the point I was at watching last year’s game against Mississippi State when I wanted to see the defense on the field.
Oh, and I overlooked one play in my ‘Observations’ post on Sunday that’s worth a mention. Jordan Jenkins didn’t have as big a game as he did against Florida, but that tackle for loss he made on the play when he blew up the pass option by Quan Bray was as good as it gets. First he beat the lineman, then he strung out the play, then he contained Bray, finally closed on him and shut him down for a big loss. It ended what could have been an early scoring drive. Fabulous effort from a fabulous freshman.
As far as the broadcast goes, Mark Jones still talks way too much for a play-by-play guy. Brock Huard’s quiet call on Marshall’s TD run was nice, though.