If my informal interactions are any measure, Georgia fans are still in a pretty good mood four days following a solid beating of the Florida Gators.
But the halfway point of the week seems like a pretty fair time to turn our attention to the Missouri Tigers. This was a game that some circled before the season as a potential upset for the ‘Dawgs. But a lot has happened since then. Missouri lost to Wyoming to open the season, for example.
The the craziest thing happened: the Tigers reeled off five victories in a row, including impressive 20+ point wins over West Virginia, South Carolina, and Troy. Turns out the Tigers decided not to give up on the 2019 season on its first night.
However we now know that quarterback Kelly Bryant was injured near the end of that Troy victory and the guys from CoMo haven’t looked the same since. Bryant performed okay the next week in a win against Ole Miss, but the last two weeks have seen defeats at the hands of Vanderbilt and Kentucky, in which the Clemson transfer completed 23 of 45 passes for a total of 270 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 1 interception.
Now comes word that Bryant’s still not 100%, even following a bye week.
That does not bode well for the Tigers. But the question on my mind is, can Georgia take advantage of that? Will the Bulldogs continue a somewhat worrisome trend of playing down to their competition? If they do, who will notice?
There is perhaps no better gage of fan sentiment for my money than the StubHub listing of ticket prices. If you want to know how amped the Sanford Stadium crowd will be for any given game, a good way to predict it how much they paid to get in.
On StubHub tickets for Saturday are going for very close to face value, which doesn’t seem quite right for an intra-divisional game being played under the lights in Sanford Stadium. Are fans going to be checked out on this one as well?
I’m not implying that another South Carolina sleep walk is in the offing. Just that in light of recent events, this team is going to have to prove to me that they’re not going to sleep walk through this kind of game before I can take it for granted.
How about you? What are your thoughts on the psyche of the Red and Black and the fanbase coming off a busy week of Cocktail Party victory and CFB Playoff rankings that seem to give the Athenians the benefit of the doubt? Until later . . .