Fortunately, Seth Emerson watched the replay so I don’t have to. I guess that’s the downside to doing this for a living.
I don’t think anything he writes comes as a particular surprise, but it’s worth highlighting his conclusion.
It’s important for people not to overreact to this and forget how dominant Georgia was in the first nine games. But it’s also important not to under-react. Georgia was not beaten by a series of fluke plays and bad breaks that went the wrong direction. It was outgained (480-230), outschemed and outclassed.
This was too much like last year. The offensive line and play calling concerns were back. There were critical special teams errors. The passing game hasn’t stepped up as a consistent force. The defense took a step back.
That doesn’t mean this can’t all just be a one-off. Georgia’s hopes and main goal are still out there. The Bulldogs will have a chance in less than three weeks to avenge this on a neutral site or to beat an Alabama team that looks beatable. But this performance gives you pause on whether Georgia could actually pull it off.
The one upshot for the Bulldogs: Maybe the role of the hunted didn’t suit them. Now they can definitely go back to being the hunters.
As I posted yesterday, it’s too soon to start drawing conclusions from a very disappointing outcome. We do know for certain that the Dawgs played like crap against Auburn. We don’t know yet whether that means the nine wins before last weekend were a mirage. That’s what the next three games are for.