If you read the Grit Tree often, you know I am an optimistic fan. I think Georgia is going, or has a chance, to win almost every game. Rarely do I think we are just going to get beaten.
I can recount a few times I thought we were just going to flat out get beat. 2007, 2009 and 2012 Florida games stand out as ones where I just thought we didn’t have a snowball’s chance in Hell of winning.
As much as it pains me to say this, I don’t think our Dawgs come out of Death Valley Saturday night as victors.
And you know why I think that? Georgia will lose because of the offense (in a roundabout way).
The problems with Georgia’s secondary has been well documented. The healthiest player is Josh Harvey-Clemons, the only player who is ineligible to play! Now it appears Tray Matthews will be healthy enough to play, but the guy is a true freshman and has had limited practice time to prepare for the high powered Clemson offense.
How are we going to slow down-forget about stopping-Taj Boyd and Sammy Watkins? I have no beef with Connor Norman-he has been a DGD who has earned his playing time-but I also don’t think he is capable of playing every down against Clemson. I watched some replays of the Missouri game last year. There were plays when receivers were running wide open in and then you’d see #11 scampering far behind trying to catch up.
And this is why the offense is not going to be able to keep up.
Look here, I am not one of these detractors who think that Aaron Murray is not good in a big game or just puts up padded, gaudy stats against weaker competition. I said earlier this week I think he is one of the best QBs in the history of the SEC. However, in the games Aaron doesn’t play well in, what is the one thing we always say?
That he presses too much. Tries to make a big play when it isn’t there.
Let’s put aside all the Murray love that has been fostering all offseason. I see a scenario playing out where Murray goes in thinking “Damn, we are going to have to score 50 to even win.” A bad throw here or there when trying to make a play gets picked off. This will give Clemson’s offense to make their big plays on our inexperienced, short manned Secondary.
The defense will actually do a yeoman’s work in slowing down Clemson’s offense, but I am afraid the Georgia offense will do its fair share to help Clemson’s cause.
Final score-Clemson 38, Georgia 27 (which is the UNDER).
I don’t think an opening game loss will ruin the season. I like us to get healthy enough to stop Carolina (their offense is different than Clemson’s and won’t put as much pressure on the secondary anyway), and will improve exponentially by the time LSU and Florida roll around. I fully expect Georgia to lose to Clemson and win out the rest of the way leading up to a rematch against Alabama and another semi-final for the BCS National Championship.
Now, unlike others who preach doom and gloom (Bill Shanks), I hope I am wrong. I would love more than anything to report back next week and let you all tell me how wrong I am.