“Georgia will be right there again. Don’t take for granted how hard that is to do.”

Pete Fiutak’s posted his Georgia preseason preview.  As the header indicates, it’s favorable.

You can read the whole thing, but I’ve plucked out a couple of stats for your attention.

Going back to a loss to Vanderbilt in the middle of 2016, Georgia has won its last 27 games when it averages 7.8 yards or more per pass.

By the way, Jamie Newman averaged 7.9 yards per throw last year for Wake Forest.

By the way, Jake Fromm di’int.

And as much as we’ve lionized Rodrigo Blankenship over his Georgia career…

Only one Bulldog game in the last two seasons was decided by three points or fewer – Blankenship missed two field goals in the 20-17 loss to South Carolina last year.

There are times when I think Georgia’s 2020 season, to paraphrase Ms. Gump, is going to be like a box of chocolates.  Then again, who doesn’t like chocolates?

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18 responses to ““Georgia will be right there again. Don’t take for granted how hard that is to do.”

  1. Jdawg108

    I hate to talk bad about Hot Rod, but his chip shot miss in the sec championship cost us that game, in my opinion.

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    • gastr1

      That’s a little harsh. We were up by how many points at that time? The offense did nothing from there and the defense couldn’t stop Jalen “one side of the field” Hurts…then there’s the fake punt.

      Rod’s miss didn’t help, but there are quite a few culprits from that one.

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      • Jdawg108

        If we have the additional 3 points, we can punt deep and force them to drive the field rather than fake it. It’s not guaranteed, and of course there are many other things going into it, but that miss was a huge momentum swing, from my perspective as a fan in the stands.

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      • Jdawg108

        And yes, he won us many games. Swung momentum in the Rose Bowl. And was clutch many times. This is nitpicking a brilliant player.

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      • Don’t know if fg kickers are on this earth to kick winning fg’s or kick fg’s so that team doesn’t lose…Spec’s is the leading point guy at UGA not because he kicked 40 billion pat’s…he kicked an ass load of 3 pointers, which kind of say’s there were times (alot) where UGA’s “O” didn’t score (td’s) when it needed to convert a 1st down (dropped pass/penalty/manball) or couldn’t score inside the twenty…the loss to sc can’t be laid on Spec’s, i won’t do it…

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    • Scuba

      Agreed that miss hurt and the one in the NC if made could changed the out come in both games.
      I will never forget the guy in front of me screaming “ that’s solid gold right there it’s a new game now” when Spec’s nailed the kick just before the half at the Rose Bowl. That entire game day is unforgettable to me.
      I believe his ability was a crutch for the coaching staff that was leaned on too often. He was a joy to watch and a DGD.

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    • CB

      Not as much as his missed chip shot cost us the SC game in 2019.

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  2. BuffaloSpringfield

    For What it’s Worth:
    Just a casual observation but I think the Specs was relied on to many times. Most of the time HE was clutch. If the Smart coach is gonna bring the Dawgs out of 40 years of wandering in the desert we are gonna have to put more TD’s on the board inside the RedZone.
    I still have nightmares of the Dawgs in Hogtown with 3 shots inside the 2 yard line and no one to block the OLB crashing in to converge at the Dawg choice of tailback. Only to have Spec drill one.
    After coaching for 30 years I have often found that if you drop your bucket into the well so many times your gonna end up with a bucket of mud.
    CMS recognized the fact the Dawgs weren’t ready to play pregame. As did his pregame expressions vowed. For some unknown reason the Dawgs have had one opponent that they are historically flat for and that is USCjr. On the other hand the Cockadoddledo’s have a 2 game schedule. Clem and his Son and the Dawgs.
    Since 1978 I have witnessed multiple such flat Paws. Such as the Vandy’s and a few Fecher’s and a Cat or two along the way. The problem has never been with the Rex Robinson’s, Billy Bennett’s, Kevin Butler or Hot Rod as was the overall team approach on game day.

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  3. “Don’t take for granted how hard that is to do.”

    Exactly. Over Kirby’s last three years we’ve been one of the Top 5 programs in the country, and have every reasonable expectation to be Top 5 this year as well. As a matter of consistency only three other schools can boast the same —- Bama, Clemson, and Oklahoma (honorable mention to Ohio State).

    Consistency like this is ultra-rare in sports (or anything) and speaks to the commitment to excellence that Kirby has instilled. And it’s why I believe he’ll reach the mountain-top eventually.

    BUT, as I’ve said many times before, even if he doesn’t, I will still enjoy this period of UGA greatness.

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    • Athens Townie

      Well said, here. I agree.

      How quickly we forget what 9.5 wins a season feels like. How quickly we forget what it feels like to win the SEC East just over 1/3 of the time. And many of us were quite pleased with that. Kirby has taken UGA from good to excellent. It will be interesting to see if he can take his next step as a head coach in getting the offense right, hiring and delegating appropriately, etc.

      I’m enjoying this run too. I think it’s foolish not to.

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  4. jpt31501

    You Know Clemson was named for Clem and the three things he was known for
    1. Strength
    2. onor
    3. noledge

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  5. Corch Irvin Meyers, New USC Corch (2021)

    Pete is sometimes a pretty level-headed pundit. Sometimes.

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  6. Macallanlover

    I don’t consider Hot Rod as missing two FGs against SC, one was blocked. The records consider that a miss, but we don’t know if his trajectory was too low or if there was too much penetration. What I remember is Kirby not letting him try a FG from 50-55 yards out late in the game. Never understood that decision, I felt like we were playing for OT and didn’t let our AA kicker do what he has done most of his career to earn that honor.

    Also don’t sweat the fake FG in the SECCG against Bama. It was a well researched plan that could have given us a chance to win against a better team. Poor execution by Fields when he shoud have called TO after us being late getting the ball snapped. But we wouldn’t have done well in the playoffs in 2018, we just weren’t a Top 4 team to me. Would have loved winning that SEC title, and taking Bama down a notch though. We beat them in the 2017 game but they were better in 2012 and 2018. Beating twice this season would make everyone feel we have the monkey off our back after 3 straight split-hair losses in championship games. We are there, just need the health department to let us loose this fall. Them not having a packed house crowd makes me feel we might have a decent shot in Tusky. I was hoping for a split by winning in ATL, now I think a sweep could be possible.

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  7. practicaldawg

    Throw Forest! Throw!

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  8. CB

    Nitpicking – Where does Fiutak get that Ben Cleveland is an option at center and why doesn’t he know that Robertson is a senior?

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