It’s Monday morning, and the World feels a bit more like it should.
In a year where absolutely nothing feels normal, we were delivered one piece of normalcy on Saturday night. Life can deliver plague, civil unrest and wildfires the likes of which we have never seen upon our society, but there are some bits of natural law that even 2020 cannot overturn.
Georgia Beats Auburn. They beat the hell out of Auburn, and they do it with a special amount of panache when they play the Tigers in Athens. For three-and-a-half hours on Saturday night, they did just that, and the rhythm of things felt a bit more normal than they have in quite awhile. Before we move onto Tennessee, we should take note of a few things.
The first comes from our dear leader macondawg...
At what point does this become abusive? pic.twitter.com/bz8zok78xL— Dawg Sports (@dawgsports) October 4, 2020
If you click on that graphic, it will explain that Georgia is 13-3 against Auburn over the last fifteen years. Auburn is 7-8 in their series against Alabama over the last 15 years. Want to know what’s even crazier than that stat?
The last time Auburn scored a touchdown after the first quarter in Athens was 2007. That year...— Graham Coffey (@DawgOutWest) October 5, 2020
The Sopranos faded to black
Facebook was worth $1 billion
MySpace was worth $65 billion
The original iPhone was released
The Soulja Boy was a dance people did without irony
Auburn, this is bad.
While we’d love to dunk on the Tigers for the rest of eternity, we have entered Tennessee week. This year has jumped into the deep end so quickly that it definitely feels strange, but I am loving the amount of quality games that we are seeing so early in the season. SEC fans are going to have a hard time going back to an eight-game in-conference schedule with cupcakes sprinkled in, but that’s a worry for another time.
The Volunteers come calling on Saturday afternoon, and in case you missed it, that game will be a 3:30 start on CBS. The last time the Bulldogs and Volunteers played on the network was when the Dawgs beat UT in Athens 38-12 in 2018.
That game was Jeremy Pruitt’s first meeting against Georgia as the Vols head coach, and the year went quite poorly for him. Last year started out much the same, as his team dropped games to Georgia St (lol that still happened) and BYU. Since extinguishing the early season dumpster fire of 2019, Pruitt and the Vols are actually on quite a roll. They have won eight consecutive games.
Even a broken clock is right twice a day, and that streak has come without facing a single ranked opponent, but Tennessee is moving in the right direction. In the absence of two other conferences worth of teams, the Vols have risen to #13 in the AP Poll and #12 in the Coaches Poll. I say all of that to stress one thing...
This is a big game between the hedges.
Fortunately for the good guys, Georgia opened up as a 14-point favorite over Tennessee in Vegas. Vol fans everywhere are already hollerin’ about disrespect.
What we do know about the upcoming contest, is that Stetson Bennett will be the starter. Kirby Smart said as much after the Auburn game on Saturday night, and he also admitted that he might have made a mistake by not giving Bennett more of an opportunity to compete for the starting job this summer. It was as much of a backpedal as you’re likely to hear from Smart, and it shows just how good Bennett is playing thus far.
There is a long way to go in the 2020 season, but right now Bennett is living out his dream. It appears nobody is happier for him than his teammates.
Here’s hoping The Mailman and the Dawgs keep getting out to big leads this year. There can be nothing more Georgia than a scrappy two-star from Pierce County outplaying his chewing a little Redman on the sideline after whippin’ Auburn... Or maybe Tennessee...
And a walk-on shall lead them...