Daily Archives: October 6, 2018

Your Georgia-Vanderbilt game day thread

It’s another lather, rinse, repeat story today, isn’t it?  Another opponent over-matched on paper that embarrassed the Dawgs at home the last time they faced off in Athens sounds a lot like the Tennessee meeting.

And don’t take my word on being embarrassed.

A piece of paper is taped to the window panes of Georgia’s weight room.

“2016: ‘Embarrassment in Sanford!,’ ” it reads, along with a photo of former Vanderbilt linebacker Zach Cunningham making a tackle. Cunningham had the game’s key tackle as Georgia was stopped on a fourth-down toss sweep play and lost to the Commodores 17-16 after a noon kickoff.

It was one of five losses in Georgia’s first season under head coach Kirby Smart. The wins were close, but the losses were aplenty, and this loss to a would-be 6-6 Vanderbilt team was one of the most scathing.

Sanford Stadium was lifeless, shocked and dejected as a subdued crowd watched Georgia lose to Vanderbilt — the second-to-last team in the SEC East that season.

You know, for a guy who claims he doesn’t use stuff like that for motivational purposes during the week leading up to a game, Kirby sure doesn’t seem to know what’s going on in the weight room.  But I digress.

On paper, it’s not pretty if you’re Vanderbilt.

 

2018 NCAA RANKINGS

 

Vanderbilt Category
RANK
Georgia
83rd Rush Yds Game 16th
72nd Rush TD 27th
45th Rush Avg 9th
52nd Pass Yd Game 79th
63rd Pass Yd Att 10th
65th Pass Rating 6th
60th Pass Completion 2nd
60th Pass Int Percent 41st
72nd Pass Int 33rd
60th Pass TD 37th

The Commodores are also giving up close to a yard more per play on defense than Georgia has.

Common opponents?  Georgia beat Middle Tennessee by a wider margin and crushed a South Carolina team that handled Vandy in Nashville.

Momentum?  Vanderbilt’s lost two of its last three, the only win being a narrow squeaker over Tennessee State.  The worst we can say about Georgia is that the 5-0 Dawgs haven’t been winning big enough to suit some observers.  (Hey, they can become bowl-eligible with a win today!)

So, yeah, that whole paper thing isn’t a good look for the visitors.  But it usually isn’t and, as already noted, that didn’t prevent them from leaving town with a W the last time they were here.  Here’s Kirby’s mea culpa for that:

“The guys were tired and physically beat-up because it was after the South Carolina Sunday game (after Hurricane Matthew). A lot of those guys didn’t get recovery, and we tried to practice that Monday, which was probably an error on my part, but we don’t look backwards right now.”

They may not look backwards, but I would be shocked if Smart didn’t learn from the experience.  Whatever else may transpire, I doubt this team will look the same way tonight.  Barring a turnover barrage, I think Georgia covers.

Your thoughts and observations, as always, are welcomed in the comments.  I’ll be heading up to Athens in a few minutes, so enjoy the rest of the day.  It’s another college football Saturday, so, really, how bad could it be?

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More, in something’s gotta give

It’s gonna be strength on strength tonight in College Station.

Kentucky has one of the nation’s most productive ground games, averaging 259.2 rushing yards per game (11th nationally) with Benny Snell Jr. leading the way. The junior is fourth in the FBS with 132.8 rushing yards per game but he’ll face his stiffest test yet against a Texas A&M defense that has held opponents to 85 yards per game. The Aggies have already played two good running teams in Clemson (115 yards, 2 TDs, 3.6 yards per carry) and Alabama (109, 2, 3.9), and have surrendered a total of five rushing touchdowns in five games.

I took Kentucky in the FP because I thought the spread was a little generous, but if TAMU can limit Snell, it’s gonna make for a tough night for the ‘Cats.

Thoughts?

Consider this your invite to comment on game day action outside of the Georgia game.

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Two streaks on the line today

Since losing to Georgia Tech in 2016, Georgia hasn’t lost a home game, which means a win tonight would make it ten in a row.

Richard LeCounte will suit up with his Georgia teammates for the Bulldogs homecoming matchup Saturday night against Vanderbilt. If it’s like every other game in Sanford Stadium since the sophomore safety joined the program, the Bulldogs will walk off the field as a winner.

Could that keep going throughout his college career?

“I mean I haven’t thought about that until now, but yeah, I think, that’s the plan to be undefeated at home,” LeCounte said with a smile.

Meanwhile, Vanderbilt hasn’t won back-to-back games in Athens in 96 years.

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‘Because I want to beat the hell out of Brian VanGorder.’

Since my world view is that any game that makes the genius look better — outside of Georgia, of course — is good for us, kudos to VanGorder for doing his old team a solid last night.

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