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It’s the middle of the week and we’re downhill sliding toward this weekend’s SEC opener against Missouri’s Fightin’ Odoms. Here’s what’s happening in Bulldog Nation:

Mecole Hardman hasn’t played yet, but Kirby Smart assures us that’s no cause for alarm. It’s easy to forget that the five star from Elbert County was a quarterback for most of his high school career, and therefore has a lot to learn before he’s ready to lock down SEC receivers. Smart seems confident that he’ll get there and I don’t have any reason to doubt that. One of the first times I talked to the kid was after a camp performance so grueling he could barely get out of bed. Work ethic is not now, nor is it likely ever to be, his issue.

Kirby’s just screwing with us now. In all honesty, the quarterback rotation from here until Jacksonville looks like this: Eason gets more snaps than Lambert as long as he looks like he can handle it. Lambert gets the snaps in pressure situations that require a veteran’s steady hand. Rinse. Repeat. Start Eason in 2017.

Another highly-touted freshman, tailback Elijah Holyfield, continues to be hampered by an injury suffered in camp and might well be the fifth string tailback right now. That might be distressing, but for the fact that Georgia’s needed to play five tailbacks (or more) every season in recent memory. People will get injured/suspended/kidnapped by separatists from the breakaway republic of Jackson County. It happens every year, and Holyfield will need to be ready for it.

While we’re obviously focused on 2016, the 2017 UGA football schedule is now finalized following the SEC’s announcement of league games. An older, wiser UGA team will travel to South Bend to take on Notre Dame and Knoxville to battle Tennessee before the month of September ends. It’s a generally manageable slate other than that, though season ticket holders may blanch at this lineup of home games: Appalachian State, Samford, Mississippi State, Missouri, South Carolina, and Kentucky. Oof. Not a lot of must-see TV in that lineup.

Does this worry you? It kind of worries me just a little.

The hurry up

Unlike Gators, a Michigan Man does not eat boogers, sir.

He also doesn’t release a depth chart, which some would consider a human rights violation. Colorado’s SID office just sees it as grist for the comedy mill.

The answer is “Maverick” and honestly I don’t understand how this is even a serious discussion. Until later . . .

Go ‘Dawgs!!!