This is the most anticipated opening to a season in quite some time for Georgia fans. Fans and pundits are saying that we will know a lot about this team and the season at hand after the first two games. This is code for “if Georgia loses, they won’t amount to much” and/or “if Georgia wins, they are going to have a good season.”
I would like to present you with a thrid option: it all depends on how you win.
Look at last season. Before we ran into the buzzsaw against South Carolina, I didn’t have a really good feeling about it. I’ve been watching some highlights from last year, and the Tennessee game sticks out in particular. The defense was shredded that afternoon and though we won, it loomed trouble heading to Columbia the next week.
Think back to 2006. The Dawgs had to come from behind to beat Colorado and beat Ole Miss in very unimpressive fashion. Sure the Dawgs went to 5-0 and a #10 ranking. It just didn’t feel right.
Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.
Go to 2009. After the disappointing loss to Oklahoma State to open the season, Georgia had back to back wild games against South Carolina and Arkansas. That South Carolina game was especially crazy. It took everything we had to win, including an end around play by Branden Smith and kickoff return for a TD by Brandon Boykin. Then we had a wild shootout with Arkansas the next week. Sure we won, but it smelled fishy.
(note: I still contend that the 2009 team was a worse team than the 2010 team that went 6-7, and the 2006 season was actually better than we think, but that is a different post for a different day)
With playing two tough opponents to start the season, everyone says we will know about the team and what 2013 will bring early on.
I tend to agree with that. But depending on the circumstances of the game, even if the Dawgs win the first two games we might not want to get too excited too soon. Sure, the young defense can improve as the season progresses. I am not discounting that.
And the key differece from previous years, if we win the first two games (and struggle) we are still beating two excellent teams. We aren’t squeaking by the likes of Buffalo and Tennessee.
But if Georgia gives up something like a combined 75 points and gets out of the first two weeks with wins with a bunch of fluke stuff happening, that could spell trouble later on down the road.
Of course, if our beloved Dawgs start off 2-0 my head will be in the clouds.
If we start off 4-0, well then there will be no hope for me being a productive member of society for the next several months.