I know it’s weird to say, but although the record improved, the simple truth is that Georgia’s 2014 season wasn’t as entertaining as 2013 was.
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I’ll take 2014 over 2013 anyday. At least we beat the hell out of some people this year. Last year no lead was safe, against anyone. Hell of a waste of fine offense.
I’ll take wins over Florida and GT any day.
with you +1
Considering the current state of the game, I’d take wins against Florida and GT over wins vs. Auburn and Missouri.
I’m with Brandon. Absolute beatdowns of Auburn, Clemson, Missouri and Arkansas (the last two on the road) helped overcome the bitter taste of losing to the Gators and Nats.
Agree, much better season. The injuries in 2013 were horrendous and we were fortunate to have an offense that could help overcome the bad defense and missing players. This was a more complete team to me, and the defense turned out to be better than expected, at least in the secondary. Some blow out wins, only one game where we were able to hold our own or dominate.
most of our big wins this year were blowouts. That’s not typically a recipe for high viewership.
The loss to Florida, more specifically the manner in which Florida beat Georgia, took the air out of the season for me personally. That was one of the most difficult losses in recent memory. Beating Auburn is always fun, but even that victory rang a tad hollow following the L in Jax. This season was a rough ride for many reasons, big games or not.
The L in Jax didn’t make the Auburn win any less sweet, the ACL in Gurley did.
I agree about the UF loss taking the wind out of the sails, but that night in Sanford two weeks later was as complete of a game I’ve seen from a Georgia team since the Pearl Harbor style bombing of Hawaii in the 2008 Sugar Bowl. The Georgia team that appeared that night in Athens would have beaten any of the 4 playoff teams.
There was nothing hollow about how the Chapel Bell sounded that night after pasting a top 10 opponent that is our oldest rival by 27.
The 2008 Sugar Bowl pitted Utah against Alabama.
FYI…ee had it right.
You do realize the absurdity in calling the GA/HI game the “2008 Sugar Bowl”, yes?
I know it’s semantics but it’s a pet peeve of mine.
Ok – the Sugar Bowl following the 2007 season – better?
‘Entertaining’ can be nerve-racking and ulcer-inducing for some.
It’s that fla loss for me. I can’t justify it in my mind & it still hurts.
I will say this tho, after Mizzou beat Arky, I think that made this the easiest loss to tech ever. Like I don’t even think it was real.
Honestly, believe there was a let down from McGarity’s rumored table talk promise of Gurley’s return. And secondly. Our OLB containment sucked and was induced by selfish individual non-team play – giving up huge gains.
Injury or no injury, one particular OLB basically (on the field 1 play) did not play the following game.
The “let down” about TG3II is an excuse for the loss to UF. The team should have been focused as soon as they saw the orange helmets with the blue script on the side. We had two weeks to prepare and absolutely wasted the bye week.
Agreed. Not sure how Todd Gurley’s absence caused our defense to give up the third most points Florida scored all year (#’s 1 and 2 being the defensive powerhouses of Eastern Michigan and Eastern Kentucky)
No loss to tech is easy. Of the crowds this season, I was most disappointed in the crowd for the tech game. The team and the fan base acted like we were in a fog for most of the game.
That’s because a large portion of our fan base sits on their bums, waiting for something to happen. Except for aTm, I’ve seen us play in every SEC stadium and I’m always reminded of how disappointing some of us can be. Missouri would be a close second. USC folks have always been loud and proud…even when they were horrible. Been going most of my life and I STILL don’t understand it.
Our stadium design doesn’t lend itself to loud volumes either… considering that giant opening near the Sanford bridge
My disappointment with crowd goes back to the morning of the game. The atmosphere was like we were playing an FCS team vs. our in-state rival.
The stadium design may not keep noise in, but it was loud for Clemson and Auburn.
Noon starts on the SEC Network don’t help either.
This was a neurotic season, and less “entertaining” to those on the outside with fewer close games–but I ended up with an usually large number of enjoyable wins that I can rewatch during the offseason.
I’m entertained when Georgia wins–period. When Georgia loses I am not entertained. When the team throws away wins with end of game screw-ups (see Georgia-Auburn 2013 and Tech-Georgia 2014) I am even less entertained. In 2014 Georgia had more wins than in 2013 so I was more entertained–but the Dawgs also kicked away more games in 2014 so I was less entertained. Damn, what a conundrum!
Mayor, that’s a good summary of how a lot of people who aren’t the sunshine pumpers or the Negative Nellies feel about this season. The oddsmakers say this team should have been 12-0. Based on performance, this team should have been 11-1. Due to shooting ourselves in the foot, we ended up 9-3. I do think the program is on the right track, and about 110 other teams would be more than happy to change places with us this year.
So close to 11-1 is the disappointing thing to me….that said, I am over it and looking forward to what this new staff can do.
Here you are – just how I feel.
For me beating Tech is always a balm for whatever bad happens in games 1-11. For a 9-2 team it seemed a lot of bad happened, SC, autographs, Fla, Gurley’s knee, Mizzou running the table and then the Tech game…no balm. Beating Louisville didn’t help much either.
Amen on the balm of beating tech! The 2009 season sucked, but beating Fish Fry at his own game and run the state again made the offseason a little better. 2010 was even worse, but watching the Genius have to let us score a TD to get the ball back was just priceless. I wish we had played on Thanksgiving weekend with the thought there was a lot to play for instead of moping around like Missouri took something that was ours.
“We’ve got some grown men up front that don’t let you run it,” Smart said. “We force you to throw it, and then we stop you throwing it.” -- The Athletic, 1/13/22
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