Lewis said it best.
You can’t perfume a hog.
There is no reason to sugarcoat things – this Georgia team, on paper and based on what we have seen on the field, doesn’t stand much of a chance of winning heading into Jacksonville.
It is almost as if during the offseason when Georgia was talking about getting the program getting back at its former state, it got outworked by Florida and South Carolina.
That said, there are reasons for optimism before playing at
a neutral site in Florida.
1. Florida hasn’t faced a passing game like Georgia’s.
The swamp lizard’s two biggest wins against LSU and South Carolina have one common thread – the opposition was out to lunch offensively. As good as USC looked against us, it looked as bad against Florida. That, of course begs the question – did South Carolina play way over its head against Georgia?
Either way, Florida’s defense has yet to face an offense as explosive at Georgia’s.
2. Mike Bobo owns Will Muschamp
For all the groveling about Mike Bobo, say this much for him. He has probably had more success against Coach Boom than anyone else. Either against LSU in 2004, later against Auburn or last year in Jacksonville, Bobo has had little trouble against Muschamp’s defense.
You know, it’s funny. In the midst of getting our heads kicked in against South Carolina, a thought entered my mind – this team can still win the East. Think about it, a win Saturday puts UGA in the driver’s seat. If a chance to do that won’t motivate this team, I am not sure what will.
4. Past History
A very forgettable and embarrassing win over a lesser team. Odds not looking good headed to Jacksonville. Sound familiar? That was the case after Vanderbilt in 2007. I think we all know what happened next.
5. Richt’s Moment
This team is battered and on the brink. Fair or not, this is the most critical game for Richt at Georgia. This program hasn’t just lost big games, but has seen itself quickly bypassed by teams which were lesser not long ago.
Another loss, especially an uninspired one, could spell the end of Richt’s time in Athens – depending on what side of the fan base you talk to.
If these players truly love playing for Coach Richt, they’ll strap on their hard hats and lay it on the line for Richt.