If your Georgia Bulldogs are headed on the road to take on a top 10 Auburn team sporting a healthy quarterback and some speedy receivers, you could probably use a drink. I can help with that.
Jarrett Stidham has acquitted himself nicely this season for the Auburn Tigers. He’s completing 66.8% of his passes at the helm of an offense that is averaging 43.5 points per game in SEC play.
One thing he’s done that a series of Plainsman signal callers have not done over the past two seasons? Stay healthy all the way to the Georgia game. In 2015 Sean White injured his knee against Ole Miss and a less-than-effective Jeremy Johnson led the Tiglesmen to a 20-13 loss (though White was thrown back into the mix despite obviously not being ready).
Then last season White played with a banged up shoulder, and looked it (there’s a pattern here). The Tigers failed to notch a first down in the second half and Georgia only made it into the end zone on a Maurice Smith pick six to win 13-7.
Georgia has to get to Stidham. Clemson gave the Bulldogs a pretty good blue print early this season for how to stop the Tigers: hit them square in the mouth. If Stidham is sacked four or more times on Saturday, Georgia wins this one. Because that will likely mean he’s been hit and his throws affected several more.
Don’t get me wrong, I think a big special teams play will also be a part of the story, but the cleanliness of Stidham’s jersey entering the fourth quarter will be the thing to watch.
What’s the drink for when you need to coolly and cruely put the Tigers’ QB on ice? A frozen tiger.
Mix one and a half ounces of vodka, half an ounce of amaretto, an ounce of simple syrup, and five ounces of Tang (prepared, not the powder please) in a blender with ice. Blend until smooth, and serve with an orange garnish. Enjoy.
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