The results are in.
The votes have been counted.
We all hate Florida.
But before you get started on an active day of loathing the Gators, let’s take a look at what’s making news in Bulldog Nation. Maestro, the injury report music:
Kirby Smart updated on the Bulldogs’ swollen list of walking wounded Wednesday afternoon, sounding notes of cautious optimism on Jordan Davis. Personally, I remain unconvinced. 340 pounds is a lot of weight to put on an elbow, and getting a good punch as a defensive lineman with a gimpy elbow is nearly impossible. I expect the ‘Dawgs to have to play this weekend without Davis or Rochester up front.
That’s going to require a significant gut check from several younger players. And while it sounds like some key contributors (Lewis Cine, Ben Cleveland) will be back, there’s no doubt this Georgia squad is looking to limp through this one after a horrendous run of bad injury luck.
Kirk Herbstreit states the obvious, that Georgia must get better play out of Stetson Bennett in order to prevail in Jacksonville. The ironic thing about Bennett’s 9 of 13 outing against Kentucky is that if you take away his two interceptions and write Jake Fromm’s name over the stat line people would laud his game management. That points to the fact that Bennett isn’t that far removed from doing what he did against Auburn and Tennessee.
One of Todd Monken’s key tasks this weekend will be to get Bennett on track early. The Bulldogs will be able to get receivers open against the Gators. The question will be whether Bennett can hit them.
Steve Spurrier thinks Bennett’s counterpart Kyle Trask should be in the Heisman discussion halfway through a season that’s seen him put up 18 touchdowns and only 2 interceptions. The numbers are fairly impressive, but I am interested to see Trask against a genuinely aggressive pass rush.
Finally, your morning words of wisdom. I’m not going to lie, gang. As Munson would have said, we’re decimated by injuries. But at the end of the day, win or lose, we don’t have to go back to Gainesville. That’s a victory in and of itself. Until later....