I wish I could say I share Pete Fiutak’s optimism about the margin of Georgia’s victory in the opener against North Carolina, but with the way I feel right now, a 37-17 result would be more like a shocking surprise. (Not that I wouldn’t take it.)
That being said, I do think Fiutak gets one thing right that a lot of Georgia fans are brushing over, largely in an attempt to justify Smart starting Jacob Eason.
What’s Going To Happen?
Georgia will look fantastic. The pressure is on Smart to have his team looking strong and tough from Game One, and it’s going to do just that on both sides of the ball by being more physical and more energetic – that’ll matter in a game like this. [Emphasis added.]
I agree. Smart’s not looking to the future in his first game. He’s a competitor. He also wants to send a message that he’s ready for the biggest job in his life.
If Jacob Eason wins the starting job out of the gate, it won’t be because Smart’s already looking forward to 2017. It’ll be because his head coach thinks Eason gives him the best chance of winning on September 3, 2016.