A funny thing happened on the way from the football game…

If ever there was a victory that had ‘Dawgraded’ written all over it, it was last Saturday’s crushing of UAB — you know, the team that’s won its mid-major conference a couple of times recently and came in with a significant defensive presence (top fifteen in defensive SP+, for example).  I fully expected to see the Blazers emerge from the rout with a severely diminished reputation in hindsight and Georgia’s win summarily dismissed accordingly.

Instead, Bill Connelly ($$) posted,

Georgia’s 56-7 win against a UAB that had — past tense — a top-15 defense was a massive Week 2 statement…

And here’s The Athletic’s Austin Mock ($$):

… This past week, Georgia was a huge beneficiary as they smoked a solid UAB team and saw its title odds increase from 13.9% to 25.5%. It’s early in the season, but it really seems like it’s a two-horse race between Alabama and Georgia.

Now, two pundits’ opinions doth not a trend make, but I’m still a bit shocked to see anyone take the win straight up like that.  Although, these are stat guys more than simply opinion writers, so maybe they’re both a little more grounded.  That being said, it’s refreshing to see something more nuanced than a reflexive brush off.  Who knows?  Maybe it really is the start of a trend.

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17 responses to “A funny thing happened on the way from the football game…

  1. whybotherdude

    Apparently they don’t know uf has a back up quarterback. Isn’t that the real two horse race whether Jones or Robinson decide to play qb at uf and win the tittle?

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  2. akascuba

    Bill often gets too deep into the weeds for me. What I do really like about his work is it’s original thought not influenced by outside noise. Here’s the facts as I see them now guy not opinions stated as facts.

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  3. Billy Beane approves this post.

    (Excellent book recommendation – Money Ball; even if you’ve seen the movie).

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  4. Hogbody Spradlin

    Bear in mind that there aren’t that many really pretty girls this year, and they have to swoon over somebody. Ohio State, Oklahoma, and Clemson already have pimples.

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  5. Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2024)

    All the national CFB writers (other than Andy Staples) are still busy dawgrading the Clemson win. They don’t have time for UAB.

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  6. Stat guys more grounded over opinion writers?! SIR! I am insulted. We are going to win every game…including the SECCG and CFP… by at least 50.

    THAT’S A FACT!

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  7. Terry McCullers

    I was sitting in the stands Saturday. I asked my wife is how Bama fans feel?

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    • GruvenDawg

      My wife made a comment during the Clemson game after watching the Alabama game “Why is it always so nerve racking watching a Georgia game? Can’t we just put people away like Alabama does?”

      Last week I told her during the Georgia game “So this is what Alabama fans feel like, huh?”

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