Well, hell, if I’d have known about the story Holly Rowe told during last night’s broadcast, that three practices in, the staff was threatening to bench some of the starters because of lack of effort, I would have worried a lot more about Georgia winning, let alone covering the spread.
Now, Kirby gave a half-hearted denial afterwards, but it makes little sense for Rowe to make up a story like that. Besides, what unfolded in the first half told you everything you needed to know about where the team’s collective head was at. If that wasn’t convincing enough for you, perhaps Solomon Kindley’s take on things will be.
“We just didn’t come out and play,” Kindley said. “I’m going to speak for my team and everybody, I feel like we had the big head and didn’t come out focused. We took Texas lightly, even though they were a very good team, and they showed us why doing all that others stuff, not knowing what you’re supposed to do throughout the week then coming on Saturday or whatever day it is and play football, you can’t do that.”
Throw in the post-SECCG hangover and a team that was sulking over not making the playoff field and you get rebukes from former players like this.
That is what the bust part of “CFP or bust” looks like.
Let’s hope that mockery is a good motivator for next season, because the Dawgs are bound to be on the receiving end of some industrial-grade mockery for a while. And deservedly so.