It’s time to fire up the Friday Tailgate, the virtual tent under which we gather to pass the time until kickoff. Maestro, the tailgate music:
After dispatching Louisiana-Monroe in a generally workmanlike manner, the Georgia Bulldogs now open SEC play in Nashville against the Vanderbilt Commodores. As usual I expect a strong contingent of Bulldog fans on hand to make it, if not a home game, at least not a particularly raucous environment for the visitors. One is tempted to call this one a likely blowout. I mean, a team that lost to Western Kentucky without breaking the 14 point barrier really has no business hanging with one of the top 10 teams in the country, assuming ad arguendo that Georgia is in fact one of the top 10 teams in the country.
Yet still there’s that nagging feeling. The feeling that Andy Ludwig is going to make this Vanderbilt offense better. Maybe not 30 points per game better, but better enough to give a good team fits if said good team turns the ball over, or commits some dumb penalties. If you’re Georgia and you want to run into a problem in Nashville, I’m pretty sure that’s how you do it: you fumble the ball to squander a scoring opportunity and valuable momentum (2014, cough, Tech game, cough, cough) or you commit penalties at the worst possible time. Barring those type of things, I just don’t think that the Bulldogs struggle for very long with this Vanderbilt squad. I could be wrong of course, and invite you to let me know if you think that’s the case. For now, let’s play our favorite Friday afternoon game, Over or Under? The rules, they are so simple. Here’s last week’s primer if you’re just joining us. All caught up? Okay then. Over or under?
1) The Vanderbilt offense scores 16.9 points tomorrow.
2) Sony Michel racks up 149.9 total yards of offense.
3) Vandy QB Johnny McCrary throws 1.9 interceptions.
4) McCrary rushes for 59.9 yards.
5) Greyson Lambert throws for 199.9 yards.
6) Isaiah McKenzie returns 3.9 kicks.
7) Terry Godwin will have 74.9 receiving yards .
8) Vanderbilt tailback Ralph Webb will have 99.9 rushing yards.
9) Brice Ramsey attempts 4.9 passes.
10) Nick Chubb rushes for 149.9 yards.
11) MaconDawg consumes 1.9 slices of sacrificial goat cake before halftime at the annual Dawg Sports Sacrificial Goat Roast.
On a related note, if you’re planning to swing by and join us at the Blind Pig Tavern on Baldwin in Athens tomorrow, feel free to check in in the comments below. And if you’re not, and you’re neither waiting for bail or traveling to Nashville, explain yourself. Until later . . .