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Third Quarter Open Thread

NCAA Football: South Carolina at Georgia Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

That ain’t gonna cut it, and I refuse to pretend otherwise. Georgia enters the second half trailing the South Carolina Gamecocks 17-10.

Jake Fromm played his worst half of football since at least last year’s LSU game, throwing a disastrous pick six that represents the margin in the game at this point. He hasn’t been helped by James Coley, whose love affair with the screen pass can be explained thusly.

I remain awestruck that we got rid of Jim Chaney and somehow the offense got LESS imaginative.

The Bulldog defense has been lukewarm on third down, giving up a 50% conversion percentage. But the ‘Dawgs have a decisive lead in total offense. The real margin at this juncture is one poorly defended pass play and quite possibly Jake Fromm’s only true gaff of the entire season. Throw in Rodrigo Blankenship’s first missed field goal of the season (really a block your boy had no control over), and it’s been one dissatisfying half of football.

There’s still every reason to believe that Georgia continues to run the ball well and tightens things up defensively and emerges with the win. But if you were counting on this to be the week the Bulldogs come out and dominate an SEC opponent from the word go, well, better luck next time.

Go ‘Dawgs!