When you don’t allow yourself to play down to the level of your opponent…

For those of you still freaking out that OMG! MIZZOU SCORED 28 POINTS ON GEORGIA!!!, allow Mr. Connelly to provide some context.

Mizzou won the field position battle, finished every scoring chance in the end zone (thanks to that whole “only score via big play” thing), got a smidgen of turnovers luck, and created bigger big plays. All the things the Tigers needed to do against South Carolina, they did in a blowout loss. Cool, cool.

Three things here:  one, Georgia brought its B-minus, C-plus game against a lesser conference opponent and still won by 25, going away.  Two, that doesn’t mean Georgia can bring the same kind of game against, say, Auburn, and expect the same results.  (Somewhat shockingly, I expect the coaches already know that.)  (Yes, that’s sarcasm.)

Most importantly, how many times over the past few years have we seen the Dawgs bring their B-minus, C-plus game against inferior opposition… and lose?  Yeah, that’s what I thought.

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46 responses to “When you don’t allow yourself to play down to the level of your opponent…

  1. Biggus Rickus

    Smart’s really blown the curve if that was their C+ game.

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  2. I’ve been waiting for the weekend when we have a rough game and don’t play quite to our potential. Every team has them and it seems that in years gone by, we’ve had more than our fair share. If this game ends up as our “come out flat” game, pass me more kool-aid.

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  3. JasonC

    Stop making me buy in. Please, just let me stay skeptical.

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  4. PTC DAWG

    I told y’all I was overlooking Mizzou..and we still frog hammered’em. Bring on the Gators…

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  5. Scorpio Jones, III

    Well, they did score 28 points…and i’m just a fair weather fan and all, but sheesh… “Look away, look away, look away Kharmic Bitch Queen, look away…watch Tennessee.”

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  6. Cojones

    We haven’t really discussed that letdown either. I assumed the players were where Tucker told them to play and he had to make adjustments to his instructions at halftime. Even then, in anticipation, Mizzou’s coaches changed their plan to try and negate Tucker’s adjustment instructions to his players.

    My take was a coaching chess match that our O triumphed over and mistakes weren’t all on the backs of the players (except McGhee falling down). Are there other suggestions that are coach-worthy to pass along to the team?

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    • Normaltown Mike

      Yes, they are as follows:
      1. It’s not the size of the man in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the man
      2. Don’t let the game play you, play the game.
      3. Thee left turns makes a right.
      4. There’s no “I” in TEAM.

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  7. Will Trane

    Good fortune for Bulldog Alex Wood as he takes the mound for the Dodgers in Game 4 of the NLCS against the Cubs. Same for his fellow Dawgs on the Dodgers roster, Josh Fields and Kyle Farmer.
    Other than two long passes, the Dawgs dominated those guys. Heck it was not even close. You would have to in tune to myths to think otherwise.
    Stats that count. Tell me the scheme the Dawgs were lined up in / checked into on each of their TD scores plus any play over 8 yards vs what Missouri was sitting in.
    You give up 50+ in points and over 700 total yards of offense…well, you can only say that team has huge issues. Missouri can wish, hope, and write in the margins all they want. They are last for a reason.
    Plus look at their stadium when they play at home. Where are their fans. Also explain why their campus attendance has dropped in 2016 and 2017. And why they have dorms with huge vacancy.
    Missouri has a lot of issues.
    For me I do not care about past game stats, just how we match up going forward on the road against the Gators. That game is the biggest of the year and the most important. 7-0. Move on to them.

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  8. you should do a post on this article, same site as the Cocktail party article earlier. My thoughts: of course, if we were to win the SEC title in the scenario described, they would absolutely make us beat Alabama twice in order to win a Natty. #bamaprivilege

    I’ll believe it when I see it….re: a 12-1 SEC Title losing UGA team making the playoffs.
    http://collegefootballnews.com/2017/10/alabama-georgia-unbeaten-college-football-playoff-sec-championship

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    • Bama is like the team that comes out of the winner’s bracket at the end of a double elimination baseball tournament. Guarantee you if we are SEC Champions we will have to beat them again to win a national championship. #pawwwl

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      • Otto

        That is likely true, especially if there are only 3 unbeatens.

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      • The Truth

        Right. You want to guarantee there’ll be two SEC teams in the playoff? Let Bama be the one that just comes up short in a battle of 12-0 unbeatens in the SEC Champ game. If it’s UGA…well, we’ll see. How can that logically be justified?

        This from the WWL also raises the ND question:
        http://www.espn.com/college-football/story/_/page/RoadtoAtlanta101717/the-college-football-playoff-scenarios-create-most-chaos

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        • Otto

          I am pulling for another ND loss just in case UGA is a 1 loss SEC champ.

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          • Brandon M

            If UGA is a 1 loss SEC champ… they’re in, end of story. However if that one loss comes in the SEC Champ game, 1 loss ND would absolutely get in over us, which again makes no logical sense… but it would happen

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            • Macallanlover

              Except that a one loss ND mans they ran a pretty tough gauntlet of opponents, and there only loss was by one point to a one-loss Georgia team. I can see many making that leap for ND as opposed to a rematch between UGA/Bama. We have to play that game as the opening round of the playoffs with loser going home. It will take some very bad finishes by other contenders for us to see two teams from one conference. And rightfully so. Win the SEC and we are in.

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    • Charles

      Oh God – that is a nightmare scenario and the likely reward awaiting Georgia if they win the SECCG this year. There will literally never have been a more difficult path to the championship than back-to-back games against Saban’s Alabama followed by some #2 or #3 team like Ohio State or Clemson.

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      • Macallanlover

        If we make the playoffs, Clemson is the best draw I can see for the opening round. Their defense is pretty good but there are better ones we could face, and I think we can handle their offense. Love to find out. Win the SEC, win the SEC…then we can see what lies ahead and deal with it.

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  9. I’ll agree we’ve turned the corner when we handle Florida like we’re supposed to. We’ve looked pretty good, yes…against reeling programs. No excuses…

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  10. kfoge

    The thing that is hard for a lot of fans is to let go of the past. This happened the past 10 years so it will keep happening. Kirby Smart IS NOT Mark Richt. I was a big fan of CMR, he brought a lot of success to UGA but couldn’t get over the hump and the team played down to competition a lot. Kirby has changed the mindset and he had one of the best mentors to learn from the past whatever years. Kirby’s Process, IS NOT Richt’s Georgia way. It took me to the end of the UT game to realize that whining about past UGA teams doing this and that does not apply to this team or Kirby’s “process”. I am on board with the present, not the past.

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    • Russ

      Well said. I agree completely. Kirby has a completely different attitude, and more importantly, more depth to handle the ups/downs of the game. I saw flashes of the new attitude last year in Jax, but we didn’t have the full mindset or buy in to sustain it. That hasn’t been the problem this year. This team has focus.

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    • Eh – I still need to see it in Jacksonville before I’m 100% onboard that the culture truly has changed. Playing like ass in Jacksonville pre-dated Mark Richt.

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  11. Got Cowdog

    Off topic, but for anyone with a mild case of Munson’s, check out Volnation the angst level could only be described as “Epic”
    Thanks again to the poster who tipped me to it. I never thought I would almost feel sorry for Vol fans.

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  12. Otto

    I also siad it before this was a great game to have before the WLOCP.

    The coaching staff has film of areas UGA needs to improve on while still winning big. The staff can still show the kids they have nothing to be over confident about.

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  13. Ellis

    We had 700 yards of total offense and put up 53 points. Take away two bad plays on defense and they would have just over 200 total yards. We doubled their time of possession. That kind of “B- or C+” game will beat anybody.

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  14. Bulldog Joe

    So Mizzou didn’t get Georgia’s best shot. 😉

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