Georgia’s busy scheduling home-and-homes with the likes of Oklahoma, Clemson, Notre Dame, etc.
Here’s Florida’s big move.
Hey, give ’em some credit. At least they’ll be leaving the friendly regular season confines of the home state for the first time in more than three decades. That’s brave.
Hot damn, is Seth Emerson spot on with this ($$):
Georgia is only measuring itself against one team these days, and it’s not Florida. There is only one team that Georgia players wake up thinking about, one team the fan base dreams about beating, one team that occupies a perpetual corner in the minds of anyone associated with Georgia football. And it’s not Florida.
We all know that team. The name has not been mentioned yet in this column, because it doesn’t need to be.
Whisper voice: It’s Alabama. We’re talking about Alabama.
Eyes on the prize, boys. Ignore the noise.
On a scale of one to ten — one being, say, the way you felt after the 2015 loss to Alabama and ten being the way you felt after the Rose Bowl win — how would you feel if all of AL.com’s five bold predictions about the 2019 season came to pass?
UPDATE: Kirbs responds.
During his Wednesday appearance at the Regions Tradition in Birmingham, Kirby Smart was asked to share his reaction to that column while a guest on WJOX 94.5 FM radio show “The Roundtable.” His response didn’t disappoint.
“I’ll tell you what, that’s the only way we’ve been able to beat them so far,” Smart replied after losing to Alabama in consecutive seasons.
He then offered up his honest response to the article.
“Nah, I don’t get into the predictions,” Smart said. “I think they sell, I think it’s great for the media and it’s great for the offseason for everybody to talk about but our predictions are we’ve got to go practice, play good and get a good football team/product on the field. That’s what we are working on right now.”
What team was your most hated rival?
“For me, it’s got to be either Florida or Auburn. I can’t stand Florida because they generally think that they’re much better than they are. As far as Auburn, well, I just couldn’t stand them either. Going into college, I really didn’t hate any team because I hadn’t really been a fan of any team. But, when we lost to Auburn [in 2017], my hate went berserk for them, just like when we had lost to Florida the year before, I hated them. It’s got to be between those two teams. I hate both of them. You know what, I’ll give you a definite: I hate Florida. It’s such an overblown program. I hate Florida the most.”
Isaac, if you think the Gators are that way now, you should have been around them in the pre-Spurrier days.
Okay, a subject of critical importance: what’s your favorite sports movie?
For me, there are a lot of worthy contenders, but at the top of the list:
Share yours in the comments.
Over at Dawgs247, Jake Rowe takes a stab at a post-spring projection of the offensive and defensive depth charts. They’re pretty informative and I have a few takeaways.
- I am not so arrogant as to declare Georgia’s roster from top to bottom being on the same level as Alabama’s (although the gap narrows), but I’m confident that one area where things are even is the offensive line. Andrew Thomas will leave after this season as a likely top-five NFL draft pick and the o-line won’t miss a beat. I don’t know if Sam Pittman is Georgia’s best assistant coach hire of the 21st century, but I can’t think of one that’s had a greater positive impact in such a short period of time.
- If, as Rowe writes, “the slot receiver position is key in Coley’s offense because of the option routes and two-way go’s”, color me still a little nervous about the position.
- That being said, between need and talent, at least one of Georgia’s incoming true freshman receivers is going to wind up being a major contributor this season.
- The most troubling note from both pieces? This: “… (Jordan) Davis being somewhat out of shape at the start of spring drills”. I hope that isn’t a precursor to a season long struggle to contribute.
- If there’s a surprise, it’s Mark Webb clawing his way to the top of the two-deep at the nickel position. Looks like that’s gonna be a battle all season long.
- Stephenson at two at one of the cornerback spots isn’t a surprise to me, though, given how confident he looked at G-Day.
- Given the depth at safety, I don’t expect Cine to crack the starting lineup this season, but he’ll be there in 2020. Good looking player.
Overall, crazy depth.
While we’re on the subject of trolling, you gotta like this.
Smart took over a very good program in 2016 and has both modernized and improved it. It reached the title game in his second season and took Alabama to the wire in the SEC title game last year. He’s signed Rivals.com’s No. 1 recruiting class in 2018 and 2019.
Now he’s shaking up the future by changing the way SEC teams generally schedule. It may even be spilling over.
Just Tuesday, Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin took to Twitter to announce, “There are a couple future home-and-home series we are getting ready to announce. Just waiting on some final contract signatures in the coming weeks.”
It’s not as flashy as social media mockery about 14000, but Georgia getting all this favorable national attention over its scheduling upgrade is being noticed by that school down south. Kirby may not run his mouth, but he knows how to hit the mark, no?