Looks like I picked the wrong week to give up anxiety.

I’ll take the win, but, jeez, Dawgs.

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118 responses to “Looks like I picked the wrong week to give up anxiety.

  1. Bigshot

    It’s the Dawgs, man. What did you expect? But it was a win. Go Dawgs!

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  2. S

    Definitely anxious here… but it’s funny how quickly a W heals it.

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  3. ugafidelis

    Phew.

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  4. Tony Barnfart

    This is why i’ll never give up on Elmer’s Glue.

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  5. Argondawg

    We’ve got stuff to work on but who doesn’t? Top 10 win. Sure as hell gotta celebrate those. Go Dawgs!

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  6. Bright Idea

    Lots of media guys and gamblers looking foolish tonight but they’ll never admit they were wrong about ND. Instead they’ll say Georgia made them look better than they are. CKS still has a long way to go on game and clock management but Georgia survived.

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  7. Derek

    What the fuck were we doing not going for that foot up 10 with 7 to play???

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    • Mayor

      Exactly. We’ve got the biggest OL in the nation and stacked at RB. A first down runs clock and a TD ends the game. Plus, at that point the Backs were running over ND. Playing not to lose almost lost the game.

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      • Paul

        Mayor, I agree. That decision seemed to take a lot out of our team and gave ND the glimmer of hope that were looking for. No one in the group I watched the game with could believe we didn’t go for it.

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    • Uglydawg

      CMR was calling in the plays.

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    • Normaltown Mike

      Maybe “the book” recommends a 13 point lead instead of going for it so that your fans can spend the final moments of the game in abject terror.

      I had to get up and walk the fucking concourse I was so scared, good grief Kirby

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      • Got Cowdog

        This^, but it only works if you go to a 3 man rush and play 10-15 yards off the receivers so you don’t give up “the big play” and give up 6 “pretty big plays and a fucking touchdown”.

        I really need to find another hobby. My heart rate is still up.

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        • Dawg1

          You are 100% correct, but to their credit, the D only gave up one long TD drive all night, and only 14 yards on the last critical drive. I’ll take that.

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    • Greg

      Playing it safe, probably most all coaches would have done the same. But honestly, thought we should have went for it also.

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    • Pirate

      Same thing I said if we make it we can bleed the clock down even if we have to kick fg later . This playing not to lose shit will cost us if KS does not grow a pair. How many times have we seen Tom Brady qb sneak on 3rd or 4th and one and make it. James Cook ? Fromm bailed us out as did D . If they bring the extra man in the box we should have thrown it 15 more times

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  8. QB sneak on 4th and inches and don’t muff the punt, that game is 27-3.

    But in general, our offensive playcalling was really sad and tragic.

    Defense stepped up huge.

    Crowd was the real MVP of the game.

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  9. Salty Dawg

    That was not pretty but I am grateful for the win. Kirbs has some fine tuning to do. Quite a bit, actually. GO DAWGS!

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  10. Cynical Dawg

    Hey, but how bout that Mike Leach? The UCLA game was a real teaching moment. If your team scores 63 points in regulation and STILL can’t win, you have a major problem with your team’s defense. That is Leach’s fatal flaw and why he will continue to coach at the fringes of P5.

    But on the bright side, maybe he can show the video of this game to the “class” he teaches at Wazzu.

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  11. Biggus Rickus

    I don’t understand why they didn’t attack downfield earlier when it became obvious Notre Dame was making sure they didn’t get outflanked. Other than that, I didn’t have any real issues, even though I would have gone for it on the 4th and short. It would also help if they called pass interference a few times.

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  12. The only environment at Sanford to compare to last night was the Auburn blackout. I’ve never seen a Georgia crowd that loud for 60 minutes for the defense regardless of down & distance. We were a true 12th man.

    That ACC crowd had no idea what defensive pass interference is. The practical mugging of Pickens on our last drive was awful.

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    • ugafidelis

      Yep. Crowd was instrumental in all 3 of their 2nd half timeouts. That actually helped seal the game for us.

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    • dawgman3000

      Yeah ee, they flagged DJ Daniels for PI, which was very questionable considering how ND’s db’s were mauling our guys. To make matters worse, you had Gary Danielson claiming “incidental contact” whenever a ND db basically assaulted one of our receivers.

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    • Russ

      They stole a TD from Robertson, too. At least they were consistent. I couldn’t believe the ND receiver and bench were lobbying for PI on the last play.

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  13. PDawg30577

    I’d like to think that this game is exactly what the team needed exactly when they needed it — a hard win when they were favored and maybe had bought into the hype a little bit. Of course I may end up looking foolish for saying this, but I think we run the table the rest of the way and look good doing it for the most part. The team that is most likely going to screw that up for us is gag Auburn. And when we face off against LSU in the conference championship game, I don’t know if they win, but they’ll be the favorites if yesterday is any indicator.

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  14. What if…now hear me out….ND is actually really good? I know it sounds crazy, but it’s possible. I guess we’ll find out as the season goes on.

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    • Biggus Rickus

      They are good. Georgia should have still won by 13 to 17, but they’re good. There’s a good chance they won’t lose again.

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  15. Uglydawg

    Coach “Impose your will” Smart blinked.

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  16. PDawg30577

    I just tried to register for Volnation. At first I thought about trying to sneak in with a cute nickname. I mean, just Google “words with vol in them” and any of the top eight would work well: reVOLution, VOLleyball, beneVOLent, conVOLuted, VOLuminous, deVOLlution, maleVOLlent, VOLuptuous.

    But I tried to register as PDawg30577, just to be up front about why I’m there. If the proprietor of the place is smart, they’ll let me in just for the additional traffic I’ll bring (though business appears really brisk without the likes of me at the moment.) Who knows whether I’ll be approved or not.

    But if I’m rejected this time, and must resort to subterfuge, what would the best “Vol” name be? Consider this a crowdsourcing request.

    And, Senator, please, by all that is holy, don’t ever change to a format that would let any of us start any thread we wanted at any time. That way lies madness.

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  17. Plenty to work on, for sure. Gotta finish drives. FGs us usually get you beat and almost did again.

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  18. gastr1

    I see a lot of people avoiding the obvious, but I’m saying it: This team has demons in its collective head now after blowing the Alabama games. The offensive coordinator had nothing to do with dropping the snap on 3rd & 14 or that atrocious punt by Camarda on the next play. It’s great we won but we need to have a game where people step up and make plays at the end instead of shrinking.

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    • Biggus Rickus

      Maybe you’re the only one who thinks it’s “obvious”. Was it demons that caused Camarda to shank the first quarter punt or his inconsistency last season?

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      • gastr1

        It’s not just Camarda, though, which is the point. It’s taking the safe play on 4th & inches with 7 minutes to go with supposedly the greatest OL in school history (which, there again, is not the damn playcalling). It’s not having the confidence to make the play when the chips are down.

        You all can deny this all you want, but it’s pretty damn obvious to the non-UGA sphere, I can tell you that.

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        • Biggus Rickus

          I’m sure all of the internet psychologists are spot on, including yourself. They won a game against a good team. Enjoy it.

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          • gastr1

            I don’t enjoy choking. I also don’t enjoy denialists who can’t see the reality in front of them.

            I’ll say this: props to the defense, at least on the last series. ND had plenty of time and all of the momentum and the defense forced them into bad plays. That’s to the good.

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        • I didn’t like the FG call on 4th and inches but understood it. At that point, you are up 13 with the clock on your side, and the defense was playing lights out (everyone is taking about Ian Book, but both picks were throws right into coverage and Reed should have had a pick 6 as well). The only thing at that point is not to give up a big play, and we end up with a bust to that tight end to get into scoring position.

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  19. AthensHomerDawg

    No comments about Notre Dame’s fake injuries?

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    • PDawg30577

      They’re coming, and I don’t think it will be just us, either. The fucking announcers were dragging Notre Dame on it in real time. When people are hypersensitive (and not wrongly) about legitimate injuries of all kinds, that bullshit will be adjudged especially harshly for the chicken shit move it is. And they didn’t go to that well just once, either. Kelly is a scumbag on that front, at least, and everybody saw it. I just hope the scum-baggiest SEC coaches we have ahead of us didn’t see that shit and say “Man, that’s brilliant!

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    • Mayor

      ND has a long history of cheating. Act holier than thou but they cheat. Truth.

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  20. We only had 3 possessions in the 1st bc of the muffed punt. ND played a perfect first half.

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  21. Don’t understand why we waited 3 quarters to try a pass down the field. Also don’t like the jet sweeps/reverses on 1st and 10. Hopefully this new OC learns quick.
    Couldn’t believe my eyes when we kicked that last field goal.

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    • gastr1

      That;s what happens when you lay an egg on that spot eight times in a row against Florida or whatever it was. You lost confidence and play not to lose.

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    • Jason

      You don’t throw short on a stacked box when you are a run first team and are having trouble running. That was our first half offense.

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      • Biggus Rickus

        Actuallly, they weren’t a run-first team on those first two possessions. They kept trying to throw underneath and hit swing passes. The gameplan, to me, should have been to press your advantage, which was the running game, and see if they could defend it, then adjust off of that. Maybe Coley learned a lesson.

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      • gastr1

        Honestly I think Fromm and the new receivers’ comfort level with each other is still a work in progress. It was great to see Cager step up and be the man on the sideline out pass on that crucial TD. But it seems to me Fromm, Coley, and the WRs are still figuring out where each WR wants the ball, what routes they run best, the timing and spacing, etc. Pickens is still learning how to use his body to create space for his incredible hands. Once he gets that down, he’ll be unstoppable. But he’s not there yet.

        Notre Dame’s secondary was a real learning experience for our receivers re: ND’s ability to get their hands over bodies to obstruct the catch. Our young WRs need that kind of play to take the next step, IMO. (Also, I wish our DBs were that good at defending that way and being “subtle” enough to not draw flags.)

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    • You hit on the biggest question mark of the game for me. Kelly even detailed in his post game presser that they knew they had to make us throw down the field to beat them.

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  22. The Truth

    Playing not to lose will sink its teeth firmly in your ass every time. Best crowd ever at Sanford.

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    • illinidawg

      Damn, I walked away from the stadium thinking we won.

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      • RangerRuss

        Some folks look at a glass as half empty. Some see it as half full. I’m thinking you should finish that beer and get on the boat. Good luck at the rigs!

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        • illinidawg

          Thanks! We’re going to try to take it easy today and get that pre-dawn shuttle for the flight to the Easy. Conditions look good but reading the fishing blogs is like reading GTP. I watch the live cam at the Venice Marina and see yellowfin and swords every day but the blog’s will have you thinking the fishing is terrible! Go Dawgs!

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          • RangerRuss

            I’m looking at the Marina cam now. Thanks for that. Wind seems to be kicking a bit. I’ll check in the afternoons to see your catch. I do enjoy fish porn almost as much as fishing.

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            • illinidawg

              There are links on the marina page for most of the boats, we’re going on Home Run but Voodoo seems to have the best marketing department for their online. The Hull Truth is a boating and fishing site that has a good bit of stuff about rig fishing. When a guy from Mobile said he hadn’t seen a decent yellowfin in 2 years I asked what was decent for him. Nor reply.

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              • RangerRuss

                This is great. Will be useful when deciding which charter to fish with as I plan on going there soon. Good fishing. Be safe.

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  23. Turd Ferguson

    Went into the game thinking our young defense might be a liability, but our veteran and skilled offense will take over. Finished the game thinking our offense looked pretty mediocre, and thankful that our defense took over and shut things down in the second half.

    Go figure.

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    • gastr1

      But you know that our offense is really only “veteran” at two positions, QB and RB; most of the OL too, I guess, but even the OL has inexperience (center). There’s plenty of skill but the experience is still needed at TE, WR, etc. to get this train fully rolling.

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  24. dawgtired

    Well I was wrong about this game being an easy win. I think it was Mayor that tried to tell me different.
    That being said Chip Kelly and the ND players gained my respect with their effort. We out talented them but they packed a lunch and brought their ‘A’ game. Of course, it’s not like they had GTECH level players.
    I was surprised we couldn’t take more vertical shots downfield. Their DBs played well at crucial times.
    They played well against the run most of the game. I thought we were starting to dominate the run game just before the 4th down play.
    I was disappointed we didn’t go for the 4th and 1 that late in the game. The 3pts didn’t seem to really benefit us and we were moving the ball so well at the time. ND’s D was hurting. At first down and eventual TD would have sealed the game. We gave them life and hope with the field goal.
    If we grow from this and improve the ulcer is worth it. If this revealed to the rest of the teams on our schedule how to fret us…well, we’ll be fretting a few more times. I hope to get the injured back soon.

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    • Russ

      The three points turned out to be huge because then ND was forced to go for the TD. Otherwise, they kick a routine FG and we go to OT with them having momentum.

      Don’t shank a punt, don’t let the TE run wide open down the middle and we close it out easy.

      ND is a good team. We played/coached a little tight but overcame it. Good win, learn from the mistakes and move on.

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  25. J.M.

    Kirby is phenomenal at all the big-picture responsibilities of a head coach, like recruiting and game-planning. If there’s one legitimate knock against him, it’s that he’s shown a propensity to make some truly baffling in-game decisions over the last 12 months (fake field goal vs. LSU, fake punt vs. Bama, not going for it on 4th-and-1 last night). I’m not second-guessing these decisions because they blew up in our faces — or at least very nearly did in last night’s case — but because they were poor decisions analytically given the context of when they occurred. I can live with a bad result as long as the decision-making that went into it was sound.

    It’s hard to say if Kirby skews toward being too reckless or too conservative. We’ve seen examples of both. The fake punt against Bama was wildly reckless, while the decision to settle for the field goal last night was Marty Schottenheimer levels of conservative. And the truth is, there are times when it makes sense to throw caution to the wind and other times when playing it safe is the right call. It all just depends on the game situation. With Kirby, we’ve seen him get a little too wild when the situation called for some restraint, and conversely, we’ve seen him get a bit cautious when some killer instinct was the order of the day.

    Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t trade Kirby for any coach in the country. But if there’s one area where he’s still got some room to grow, this would be it.

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  26. Athens Townie

    Lol, yes. As interesting as Leach is and as effective as his offensive coaching is, that conspiracy theory episode showed that he’s kind of a dumbass.

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    • gastr1

      If you read the story on Ths Athletic where players tell stories about being around him in practice and other non-game events (hilarious, btw), you can see why he’ll never be coach anything other than a backwater/outpost. Focus on the task at hand is very, very optional.

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      • Classic City Canine

        Couldn’t have said it better. I would go bonkers if I had to play for that guy, but that’s just my personality.

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  27. PTC DAWG

    People bitching about a big win vs a Top 10 team…typical…

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    • We had a chance to twist the knife in the 4th q and end ND’s playoff chances and didn’t do it. I am one of those fans that believes ND is overhyped every year and we have superior talent and should have beaten the shit out of them. So, it’s mildly disappointing to allow them a moral victory by us having to hang on for the win when it should have never gotten to that point.

      Thank god we won that would have been a disaster if not but watching it on tv it was not all that satisfying given we were favored by 2 touchdowns.

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  28. ASEF

    Notre Dame had 12 penalties for 85 yards to the Dawgs 6. That was huge in retrospect.

    I don’t get the game strategy at all. Kirby has insane defensive depth and an offense designed to war your ass out. Not mention 5 stars galore on offense. So you would think you would want to give that superior athleticism and size as many reps as possible to increase the pressure on the ND D. If speeding up the offense backfires a little and puts your D back out there quickly a couple of times, you can handle it.

    Nope. 59 offensive plays in 35 minutes of possession. ND ran 2 more plays with 10 minutes less.

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  29. Russ

    What did we have, 350 -400 yards rushing?

    Gut check win by the Dawgs. I’ll take it. We probably have a few more games like this coming up. Get ready.

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  30. Cojones

    Everyone should lay off the “low anxiety” route for the rest of our games. No more placing the cat on the Dawgs’ backs and setting them up as a target. No more “Run, Dawg, Run!” before the games are played. We discovered why ND was 7th and we discovered we have an alley Dawg team that will bite and scratch until they win.

    But no more, “We have it in the bag!” cheers. Please. These guys will play their Dawg hearts out and that’s the number one understanding that we should have from here on out. And they will be fun to watch with their new imperfections naked and shining before us.

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    • Let me know how that works out for you in a couple of weeks when they travel to Knoxville.

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      • Thanks for your hospitality!

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      • Cojones

        He said without referencing that he was responsible for infusing the overconfidence so deeply that Dawgland suffered four heart attacks and 10 emergency room visits for palpitations. That’s not counting the ones who jumped from several floors up and rolled out of their cars at halftime while their cars were still moving.

        The carnage you have created here will go down in Dawg infamy and we haven’t even heard from Scorpio. Would someone please check on him?

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        • “Carnage”? LOL. UGA just beat a top ten team and is fully in the mix for an SEC championship and a CFP berth.

          You might want to adjust your dial there.

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          • Cojones

            Do I have to put smiley faces on the small jabs? C’mon, say you don’t take me and yourself that seriously. I was jokingly referring to the damage to the Kool-Aid drinkers in my best Nervous Nellie put-on.

            Just wait until Scorpio and others sober up and get on here.

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  31. We’ve lost that game times before so credit there. Credit to ND for scouting us and being well prepared. NOT credit to Coley for having the offense play right into the teeth of their defense the entire game. Kirby just allowed it and that’s concerning. We refused to even try and stretch the field even though ND had 8-9 in the box the entire night.

    Kirby gutlessly kicks the nearly meaningless FG, effectively killing our momentum, but then turns around and allows Coley to have Fromm throw on 3rd down which stopped the clock for ND.

    Swift probably did more to earn his money than in any other game. He put in work.

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  32. TN Dawg

    The same folks posting “We beat a Top 7 team that is in the Championship contender, be happy” are the same people that were saying “Notre Dame is a paper tiger that doesn’t play anyone, no way they should be in the CFP ahead of us” last year.

    UGA looked a little shaky yesterday. Better to accept that and get to work than to blow sunshine up their ass about the quality opponent.

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    • Biggus Rickus

      No, we’re not. I thought Notre Dame would probably hang around for a while with Georgia pulling away down the stretch, which is almost what happened before the pulling away part stopped with about 7 minutes left. I hoped Georgia would get off to a fast start and run them out of the stadium, but I didn’t predict it.

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      • Cojones

        Oh, don’t worry, Biggus. We all know who was predicting it and who was saying “Ease up on the Kool-Aid, Francis.”. I was in the crowd hoping for and able to see the reason for the “blowout” thinking. My cautioning was to prevent the vapors from affecting any fans too negatively if things didn’t go as planned.

        It was a great game full of good and bad plays, but probably the most exciting one anyone has seen in quite some time. And the resolve behind those Bulldawg teeth gives me hope for the rest of the year.

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