I understand it’s taking place in the same venue and against the same coaching staff, but I’m having a hard time understanding all the angst this week over the stinker Georgia laid against South Carolina in 2012. Shaw is gone. So is Lattimore. Ditto for Clowney, Quarles, Taylor, Ace Sanders and any other big name who made that night so miserable. It’s one thing to tell yourself that you can’t take any opponent, under any conditions, lightly. It’s another thing to carry that worry into a game two years later.
Don’t beat yourselves up, guys. Learn from the experience and move on.
By the way, one other thing. Andy Staples hints that the loss that year in Columbia affected the team more than the loss in the SECCG.
Anyone who saw the subsequent Alabama-Notre Dame game knows that means the ‘12 Bulldogs came five yards away from winning the national championship. But that night at Williams-Brice Stadium might haunt them more than their missed chance at the Georgia Dome. “It was just like a nightmare come true,” Gurley said.
He’s talked to the players, so maybe that’s true. But how do you feel about that? Yeah, the blow out sucked, but to lose to ‘Bama that way, after scratching and clawing back to have a last chance to win and play in a national title game that had eluded the program for decades was as gut wrenching as anything I’ve ever sat through as a Georgia fan. But maybe that’s just me.