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Florida is just another bump in the road. Let’s roll!

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Good morning, everyone. These are some exciting days (and long evenings), no? Perhaps y’all didn’t stay up with the Braves quite as late as you did the previous evening, but coffee cures everything.

Yesterday, GlimmerTwinDawg posted a video of an artist, which is certainly is his Dawg-given right. It perhaps wasn’t exactly everyone’s cup ‘o tea, but don’t hate.

Now, it’s my turn.

When I was attending UGA in the early-mid 80’s, Slim Whitman became a cult sensation, largely because of a quirky, low-tech TV ad that ran for months on local Atlanta TV. Hell, I don’t think anyone really ever heard of him until his marketing team got involved.

Eventually, he came to Atlanta (the old Omni, I believe) and the place was packed with a lot of college-aged kids, including an old friend of mine went and said it was a blast. This was largely a grass-roots effort to get ‘ol Slilm to play and he did. Yeah, party like it’s 1980 and all.

Now, some newsy notes and tiddly bits...

  • I can’t help but Munson. You probably can’t help it, either. It’s Georgia-Florida at the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party where many a heart has been broken. Georgia has certainly gone down there as the better team (on paper, anyway) and limped back across the state line more than a few times. I’m not counting last year: We were too banged up before and during the game.
  • Kearis Jackson weighs in on some things and says the bye week couldn't have come at a better time
  • Unless we turn the ball over a million times and shoot ourselves in the foot early and often with a flat, penalty laden effort, I can’t see Florida hanging around very long on Saturday. I believe what DawgOutWest and dawg_stats have covered in their latest video will prove to be true. This game could go sideways in a hurry on the Gators if we come out as hot and get a couple of quick scores. I think we’ll see some things that we haven’t seen all year, either by design and because we’ve got some dudes off the injured list. It’s Todd Monken vs. a very beleaguered Todd Grantham. Both coordinators had 2 weeks to prepare. Florida might come out very inspired as they try to atone for their LSU debacle - a real possibility. Or, they could come out flat. Either way, I like our chances to win. Perhaps, really big.
  • For this Florida writer, this game only matters for many in “beating your hated rival.” Florida has lost 3 out of their last 5 games going all the way back to their moral victory over Alabama, and the direction of the program has many Gators very concerned about the present and future. You hate to see it.
  • Still, Dan Mullen is perfectly capable of dialing up some creative plays that could pose problems. Drawing them in the dirt is one thing. Executing them is an entirely different story.
  • This sounds promising;
  • One of the things I love the most about Kirby Smart is his genuine disdain for Florida. He was there in ‘95 when we were absolutely waxed at home. There is no love lost between the two head coaches and the fact that we do go head-to-head with Florida annually for many of the same recruits makes this game that much more important. But this year, so much is on the line...for us. Do we suddenly have more pressure to perform?

Pressure is a privilege - Kirby Smart

Perhaps, but this team’s “one game at a time” approach has served them well. I think we might look back at the Auburn game as being a bigger deal as the Tigers might be a pretty good team. Back on point: If we get any kind of substantial lead (remember last year: 14-0 before the injuries to Stetson Bennett and Marcus Rosemy-Jacksaint), this game will force Florida to press, and against our defense that’s not what you want to do. I think I just dropped an Oxford comma.

That’s all I’ve got for now. Have a good day and rest up for the weekend.

As Always, GO DAWGS!