Remember the time Georgia played Alabama?

It’s no secret how much I detest the current version of conference scheduling the SEC has saddled us with.  Today marks only the fifth visit between the hedges Alabama’s made in the last thirty years and if the conference sticks to its guns, we won’t see the Tide here again until – wait for it – 2027.

On the one hand, that is a ridiculously silly way for a conference to go about its business.  On the other, as Will Leitch notes, the rarity of Georgia playing Alabama at home does make today’s meeting special in a way that couldn’t be in the context of a more regularly scheduled match up.

… Georgia is trying to reach a level it hasn’t in nearly three decades, and Alabama stands in its way, as Alabama always stands in everyone’s way.

The game is particularly monumental because it is so rare. The SEC’s schedule construction doesn’t have Alabama and Georgia playing again until 2020, and that will be in Tuscaloosa. The next time Georgia hosts Alabama likely will not be until 2027. My oldest son will get his driver’s license that year. He’s currently 3. They have long memories down here. No matter what happens in this game, it’ll resonate for decades to come. Will Saturday’s game become a touchstone event that culminates in Georgia football fans reaching the heights they’ve dreamed of for so long? Or will it cause everyone’s faces to fall, even 15 years from now? It will be everything.


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The eternal sunshine of the Bulldog mind

As much as it pains me to admit it, John Kincade, of all people, nails our fan base with this observation:

Some Georgia fans have attempted to alleviate this week’s angst by talking up their team’s chances. They point to Chubb’s rushing ability, an improving defense and the surprising play of quarterback Greyson Lambert, whose emergence contrasts starkly with Alabama’s instability under center. But seasoned Bulldogs watchers say this positivity offers little relief, especially since there’s a scary idea that still awaits: What if Georgia wins?

If that happens—or especially if that happens—Georgia fans won’t be cured of their anxiety. That’s because the Bulldogs play Tennessee next Saturday, and everyone in the fan base knows what that means. “I promise you this,” Kincade said. “If Georgia wins Saturday night, the No. 1 talking point in the state of Georgia all next week is going to be: Uh oh. Now we’ve got the letdown game.”

Not that we don’t have reason to feel that way.


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“Sometimes change is good.”

Mark Schlabach digs into the Grayson Lambert transfer story and finds it started off as insurance for Mark Richt.

Richt wanted a fourth scholarship quarterback in case someone left after a heated quarterback competition during spring practice. (redshirt freshman Jacob Park did leave after Lambert announced he was transferring to Georgia).

“There’s always a chance somebody decides to go after spring competition, and you don’t want to be sitting there with only two quarterbacks,” Richt said.

Richt being Richt, Lambert wasn’t promised much on the way in.

The popular belief: How could a quarterback who couldn’t win the job at Virginia win one at Georgia? The only thing Richt and Schottenheimer promised Lambert was an opportunity to compete for the job.

“We felt like he could function in our system,” Richt said. “We promised him an opportunity to compete and were sincere about it. That’s all we promised him. We thought he could be a legitimate contender for the job.”

It’s been a helluva story so far… from demotion at a mediocre program to one of the hottest quarterbacks in the country at a school contending for an SEC title.  And today, Lambert’s got an opportunity to elevate that story to a level nobody expected in the preseason.

You gotta love college football.


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“You never get halfway from Nick.”

As Nick Chubb strives for another 100-yard rushing day, here’s another good story about what drives him to be the player he is.


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Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together…

Shit’s gettin’ truly weird.

… and Richt looks like he knows it.


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Another in a series of excellent posts at Roll Bama Roll this week, this one does a little film study breakdown of what Georgia did against South Carolina and notes, in particular, how similar Pruitt’s approach is to Saban/Smart’s.

It catches something I missed, too – Roquan Smith picking up the tight end on the play Leonard Floyd blew up early in the game.  More of that to come as the season progresses, I suspect.


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Throw the damned ball, Junior.

Every time Alabama doesn’t give the ball to Derrick Henry, it’s a win.

Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin has called passes on 53% of plays this season, well above the 46% from the last two seasons.

Some of this increase in passing come from situational football, as Alabama trailed Ole Miss for the entire second half. However, this increased tendency to throw even with questions at quarterback marks a shift for this program.

It’s not a good idea to throw that much against Georgia. In my rankings based on yards per play adjusted for schedule, Georgia has the 4th best pass defense but the 50th ranked rush defense.

Kiffin seems stubborn about throwing the ball. In last year’s playoff semi-final, Ohio State also had a better pass than rush defense. However, Kiffin still called more passes than runs despite racking up over 6 yards per carry.

Stubborn?  Stubborn is good.  I wonder if the Laner is sitting in staff meetings telling Saban he handled Georgia’s defense just fine the last time he coached against the Dawgs.

Also, more passing means more of this.


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