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This article is ludicrous. The tone of your piece does not reflect what happened at the game, and I'm sure you know that. What a ridiculous spin on reality. The crowd was loving it. But then again, I've read many of your pieces, and you're not really that good.
Not much really. I don't think UGA is "so bad." I just think there's a clear division between the best teams out there (LSU, Ohio State, Clemson, and maybe even Bama) and the other really good teams. UGA and Auburn are in the same boat in this regard. Both great teams that aren't quite there yet. It's no secret that Auburn, like UGA, doesn't have the offensive firepower to keep up with a team like Ohio State. Auburn was competitive against UGA, however, and might actually put up a better game when it comes down to it. Any jabs I throw at UGA aren't because I think UGA isn't good; it's just that the fanbase (and I'm not singling out you) has acted like UGA has finally made it to that upper echelon of programs, and I just don't see it based on the results.
Not sure they'd murder Bama, but they'd take UGA behind the woodshed.
And yet, FSU fans seem less than thrilled. He'll have to have a longer leash than Taggart, that's for sure.
The Kirby-Smart-is-racist tweet is the worst of the bunch. Not sure why it was even included in this piece, to be honest.
I didn't even think of that. We'll be interesting to see how it shakes out.
What surprised me more was the lack of a strong running game. That's been UGA's bread and butter, and it just wasn't there.
For all the huff and puff, UGA isn't that far ahead of UF or even Auburn. UF should be ranked higher. Close game against LSU and narrow loss to UGA. That's better (at least to me) than a blowout against LSU and a head-scratching loss versus South Carolina. Not to mention that UF had a better margin of victory over Auburn.
No doubt Auburn's in a down spot in the rivalry, which is essentially even. Even considering that, Auburn had the better decade (2-3 in SEC championship games, 1-2 in national championship games vs 1-3 in SEC championship games and 0-1 in natties). Has nothing to do with the fact that UGA isn't the elite program most fans seem to think it is.
Fromm's looked terrible the entire last half of the season. You can't put that all on the receivers. I'm sure there's blame to go around, but the kid's obviously regressed.
In light of UGA's latest national embarrassment, let's all take a moment to reflect on some of the wildest (and most hilarious) takes by the UGA fanbase. My personal favorites: "Kirby's got a fully-functioning death star going in Athens." "Auburn held them to 23, and our defense is better than Auburn's" or its variant "LSU hasn't faced a defense as tough as ours!" "Fromm is a good quarterback and plays his best in big games." "UGA is the Bama of the East" (This one's doubly hilarious now, seeing as how Bama's not even the Bama of the West) "We didn't need Justin Fields!" "Hot Rod is the best kicker in the country!" "Defense wins championships" (This could be true, but you have to have a defense.) "Our o-line is the best in the country." "This is our year." "WOOF WOOF WOOF! BARK BARK BARK!!" Congrats, LSU. Now let's see if UGA can actually win in the Sugar bowl versus a team from Texas.
As an outsider looking in, I won't pretend I know the situation there or even the spirit of the fanbase right now. With that being said, you'd imagine neither of these hires would go over well. Arkansas has played some pretty crap ball the last few years, but they've also proven they can be competitive in the conference with the right coach. Honestly, at this point Butch Jones doesn't seem like a terrible option. This won't be an overnight fix, anyway, so finding a coach who can at least elevate the program in the short term might not be a bad idea. Why not try Les Miles or Gene Chizik while you're at it? They've both won national championships in the SEC and probably have enough in them to at least get Arkansas back to respectability. Sure, it might not excite the fanbase and is probably a long shot anyway, but anything is better than Barry Lunney Jr. I'd imagine.
Not arguing with that, but did Bama ever lose as many starters (and quality starters, at that) as this year under Kirby? It seems like a fair question.
No doubt Kirby's departure was a big blow to Alabama. That should be obvious to anyone. But Alabama has fielded great defenses since and would likely have fielded a top defense again this year without the injuries.
It seems like every other Tennessee piece on this site is about the coaching search that ended two seasons ago (or at least brings it up in some way). This whole article is just pointless, really. Why not focus on something more substantive? I'm sure Tennessee fans would appreciate it.
Hate it for him. Luke had a tough task, no doubt about it. Wonder where they'll go from here.
Great defenses can have bad games, so the quotation marks are silly. That being said, yes, there were issues on Auburn's part that an A+ seems to overlook.
"The narrative was far too easy when Pruitt was hired. Fulmer hired a first-time head coach so that he was vulnerable for a mutiny. That narrative has changed." Who was pushing that narrative but you? I don't think most Vols fans have let you off the hook, but nice try. Seems like Pruitt is doing a fine job with this team, but time will tell. Good luck in your bowl game, Tennessee.
This list makes no sense. Florida is the only team to have soundly beaten Auburn (by double digits). Auburn should not be ranked ahead of Florida. The two plays away from 7-5 comment is nonsense. You could just as easily argue that Auburn is one play away from being 10-2 (if that long run had reached the end zone in the LSU game). But that's not how things work. As for Bama, yes, they're loaded, but they got outplayed and outcoached yesterday and lost by a more significant margin to LSU in their own stadium (AND have no quality wins to speak of), so no, it makes no sense to rank them above Auburn. Auburn's ranking at number four seems right, but it should be UF ahead of them and not Bama.
It's crazy how the talk went from Kirby's "death star" program in Athens to UGA being (at least perception wise) a sizeable underdog in this game.That Dawgs defense is good, but I'm not sure they'll be able to keep pace with an LSU team that's looking better than ever. I guess we'll find out. Hoping for a good game!