Sep 20, 2009

Georgia: The Giver of Gifts

First of all, UGA is now first in the SEC. Not just the SEC East, but the entire SEC. Our team has beaten an east team and a west team, and now they have the best conference record (2-0). That's a pretty good way to start.

Second of all, have you ever seen a team that has so many unfortunate turnovers but still comes back to win? We had 3 turnovers in the first half, 2 of which led to 14 scored points by Arkansas. (Let's pretend like without those turnovers, they don't score those points, and we win that game 52-27).

Last week against South Carolina, we also had 3 turnovers which combined gave South Carolina 20 points. (Let's once again imagine that no UGA turnovers would subtract those earned points, and Georgia wins that game 41-17).

That's crazy. Mark Richt had a quote about how it's a blessing to make that many mistakes and come out with a win. Well, I guess that means the Bulldogs are simply blessed at this point, and let's hope we either fix the mistakes, or the blessings keep on coming.

But some blessings seem to be built into this Georgia football team. Joe Cox played an almost perfect game, silencing the naysayers and proving that he is, in fact, the right guy for the job. Our receivers and backs look like one of the most talented groups in Georgia history, and of course the O-line gave Cox plenty of time on crucial passing plays. And we have a kicker AND a punter who are two of the best in the country.

There are still questions on defense, from execution to the general defensive scheme, but the good news is: it's nothing that can't be fixed. And the same goes to those turnovers.

The big picture is this: It would be an understatement to say that we have a talented Georgia football team this year. It's looking very much like the only thing that can stop them is themselves. Adjust the defense and cut down on the mistakes, and think about what can still be done in 2009.

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