— “Vanderbilt’s always been a good team,” Georgia senior wideout Reggie Davis said. “They play very hard. The first couple of games they played everyone close. … So they’re definitely a good team and you don’t want to underestimate anybody in the SEC.”
— “You don’t want to sleep on anyone in the SEC,” Georgia wide receiver Reggie Davis said. “You can’t sleep on them, you can’t take them lightly. They play hard from the first quarter on all the way until the clock says zero.”
My biggest regret from last week was ignoring my first instinct when I read those quotes, which was to post something about how fretting about not taking an opponent lightly is a good sign you’re probably already taking an opponent too lightly. But I feared I might be too pessimistic.
Then came the opening kickoff and the subsequent penalty on the first play of Vanderbilt’s lengthy scoring drive. Boy, don’t I feel foolish now.
Reggie, I promise I’ll never take your musings for granted again.
I know it’s popular to sneer at Chip Towers, but this observation has Georgia nailed: “Look, bad losses happen and upsets occur every weekend in college football. But the only thing Georgia has been consistent about is playing down to the level of its opponent.”
Sure doesn’t bode well for Kentucky or (gulp) Louisiana-Lafayette, does it?