If your Georgia Bulldogs are headed into the biggest game of the season against a team that beat them soundly only three weeks ago in the last biggest game of the season, you could probably use a drink. I can help you with that.
Can I be honest? I feel like we’re all friends here and I can be honest with you, friends. I do not have the warm fuzzies about this one. Not even a little bit. Georgia didn’t play a good game against Auburn last time around. That’s why that one was a blowout.
But even without the personal foul penalties, and the muffed punt return, and the dropped likely touchdown, Georgia still would have been in trouble in the Loveliest Little Post-Apocalyptic Settlement on the Plains. Auburn played better on the defensive front. Auburn opened holes on the offensive front and kept Jarrett Stidham upright and unbothered. Auburn’s coordinators called a phenomenal game.
Auburn forced freshman quarterback Jake Fromm into a dozen third and long situations which he handled, well, okay. On third and four or longer Fromm was 4 of 10 for 100 yards but also suffered 2 crushing sacks.
Georgia needs a better game from Jake Fromm. But Jake Fromm needs help to make that happen. The ‘Dawgs must run the ball effectively on first and second down, and break Jim Chaney’s phobic aversion to throwing on first down.
Georgia will also need to tackle better and particularly shed blocks better on defense. The Auburn short passing game kept the Red and Black off balance before and it worked largely because the Tigers kept defenders off receivers long enough for them to make things happen in the open field. That can’t happen again, either.
In short, Georgia has to redouble its efforts to handle the basics, the little things, better if it is to avenge its loss in the Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry. And what’s the drink for doubling up the effort against your oldest rival? The double brandy old fashioned.
We discussed the brandy old fashioned when Georgia last upset a highly-ranked Auburn team. It still holds up. But what if you used three ounces of brandy instead of two? Well, that would be a great idea. You should do that.
So drink up, and for the love of God if you get the chance to tackle Kerryon Johnson, or sack Jarrett Stidham, do it. And....